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

Camp Pineshore Open to Youth This Summer

Here is a note from Pastor Eric Sahlberg about an opportunity for kids from fourth grade to senior high to spend a part of the summer at Camp Pineshore in Westminster, Massachusetts. First Lutheran’s own Pastor Paul Lantz, along with Pastors Jim Butler and Joel Kotila will be participating this summer in a great opportunity to…


Memorial Service Planned for May 10th

  Memorial Service Details The Memorial service for the Boston marathon attacks will be held on Friday May 10th at noon. All those wishing to hear God’s Word of comfort are welcome.  In attendance will be a dozen or so Lutheran Church Missouri Synod clergy, First Lutheran Church members and friends. survivors, marathon runners, students, neighbors,  various medical,…


Comfort Dogs Return to Boston

The Comfort Dog Ministry The Comfort Dogs return to Boston and will be at First Lutheran Church on Thursday and Friday. Schedule at First Lutheran Church Thursday May 9th from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  (including the Memorial service at noon) and some will be at the Ascension Day service at Trinity West Roxbury on Thursday…


Immanuel Lutheran Church from Downers Grove, Illinois Sends Blessings to Boston

“Boston Strong” is a phrase we hear a lot around the city these days.  A tremendous source of strength has been all the prayers and words of encouragement that we have received from people in New England, across the country and even internationally.  One recent example was when an elder from Immanuel Lutheran in Downers…

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Sermon Audio – A River Flows Through Boston – April 28, 2013

A River Flows Through Boston A Sermon for the 5th Sunday of Easter preached by Rev. James Keurulainen on Romans 8:18-39. The text is printed below with underlined portions emphasized by Rev. Keurulainen. Additional Scripture readings for the day. Acts 11:1-8 Revelation 21:1-7 John 16:12-22 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are…

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In Boston, Lutherans Offer Comfort in Wake of Horror

The Lutheran Reporter and author Paula Schlueter Ross have published an article on the efforts of First Lutheran Church, Pastor Ingo Dutzmann, Elaine Laaser and others. Here’s an excerpt with a link to the full article below. The Rev. Ingo Dutzmann, pastor of First Lutheran Church in Boston, chokes up when he talks about those…