1584592866_64f2917316_bJoy to you in the Wonderful Name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

We exist to bring the message and example of Jesus Christ to Greater Boston and beyond.” Yes, this, our Mission Statement is ambitious, and yes, we admit we will never accomplish it perfectly. But thanks be to God for nevertheless entrusting us with the Keys of His Kingdom through His Holy Word in the Bible, and His precious Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. As Lutheran Christians we believe, teach and confess Christ Crucified, Risen, and Coming Again on the Last Day.  We also heed His admonition to love our neighbors as ourselves.  All this we do in an atmosphere of liturgical  reverence, a high regard for His gift of music, and even a healthy sense of humor which acknowledges that we are saved by Grace not works! Please consider your new or expanded participation in our exciting ministries located ‘deep’ downtown in the beautiful and accessible Back Bay area of America’s most walkable city!  The volunteers and staff of First Lutheran stand ready to help you “let your light so shine before others that people will see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven”(Matthew 5:16)!   Thanks for reading this; and may God richly bless your day!   Yours for Christ and His Kingdom, Ingo R. Dutzmann Senior Pastor

Celebrate Christmas 2015 with First Lutheran Church

Sunday, December 6th, 4:00PM German Advent Service (free reception to follow) Wednesday Evenings, December 2nd, 9th and 16th  7:00PM Advent Compline with Hymns by Candlelight (free soup supper 6:00 PM) Saturday, December 12th, 5:00PM, prelude at 4:30PM Advent Bach Vespers (free reception to follow) Thursday, December 24th, Christmas Eve 4:00PM Family Service: Lessons, Carols, and Children’s Pageant (free…


Bring your voices and your friends – Caroling in the Courtyard Returns for 2015

Caroling in the Courtyard returns for 2015 after a run of several successful years: Join in on December 13 at 12:30PM whether young and old, in-tune and out-of-tune, as they raise their voices in carols for all Berkeley Street to hear. Some of those neighbors are even lucky enough to grab a home-baked treat and warm drink! But…


Lutheran Essentials December 2nd, 2015

Lutheran Essentials meets in the undercroft of the church on Wednesday evenings immediately following the Advent Compline Service which starts 7pm.  You can reach the undercroft by going around to the back parking lot of the church and descending the staircase to the kitchen.  Knock on the door if it is closed and some one…


Serving refugees in Leipzig: Homeless pray for the homeless

Another effort to assist refugees has been ongoing at St. Luke’s church in Leipzig where friends of First Lutheran Rev. Christopher Ahlman and Deaconess Elizabeth Ahlman serve as missionaries. We have periodically posted updates from the Ahlmans after their visit to Boston last year. This article was written by Rev. Hugo Gevers, a missionary of…

Refugees gather for communion and blessings as the Rev. Dr. Gottfried Martens leads worship on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Dreieinigkeits-Gemeinde, a Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (SELK) church in Berlin-Steglitz, Germany. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)

Synod walks with German partner in ministry amid flood of refugees

“A lot of people in Germany are claiming that we are losing our base, we are losing our foundation and beliefs if we welcome [these refugees],” he said. “But I say we lose our roots and our Christian faith if we do not welcome them.” The quote from  Bishop Hans-Jörg Voigt summarizes the attitude of…


Gift of the Liturgy for Those with Toddlers

First Lutheran Alumna Bethany Kilcrease has authored an excellent reflection on kids (and parents) in church for the Sisters of Katie Luther blog. Want a greater appreciation for the practicality of liturgical worship? You need a baby and/or toddler — preferably one with a lot of enthusiasm for life who will divert your attention away from…