Sunday School: 10:00 am
Liturgical Worship with Music: 11:00 am
We are currently holding one 11:00 service on Sunday mornings. We have sufficient space to spread out and stay under the 25% occupancy threshold the governor has recommended. If you are looking for an in-person worship service, you are welcome here! We are also live-streaming our services through May and probably beyond. We will post links for each live stream 10 minutes or so before each service.
Learn more about our plan to fully reopen here.
Follow along with service PDFs below.
These are PDF files of all of our services. They will all for the most part be spoken word services so you will be able to follow along with them and we won't ask you to sing at home alone! This is the link to our YouTube Channel to watch past services if you so desire.
First Lutheran has been a part of Houston since 1851. Back then, we served as the gathering place for German Lutherans who found their way to this great city. We continue to serve as a gathering place for followers of Jesus who desire to worship, learn, and serve together. Like our denomination (the North American Lutheran Church) First Lutheran is committed to the Great Commission of making disciples of Jesus Christ. We recently simplified our name from First Evangelical Lutheran Church to First Lutheran. Why? Check out this essay.
To fulfill our mission, we focus on five ministries: Sunday worship and teaching; our preschool, First Friends; the First Word Debate Series; college student outreach; and Music at First. We also host a number of social events and help incredible organizations fulfill their missions. Each of these ministries reflects our commitment to preserving important traditions, grow in community, and reach out to non-believers with the Gospel of Christ.
The Lutheran tradition is generally liturgical with a strong penchant for singing. We sing historic hymns, chant liturgical portions, and often sing the psalms as well. But not everyone is musical or enjoys singing. So we are offering a second service that is spoken-word only. It will have all of the main components of liturgy - Bible lessons, a sermon, Holy Communion, prayers, etc. - but no music. Children are always welcome at First Lutheran, but as this service is a bit less formal and the timeframe is shorter, parents may prefer it. This service will begin in the Fall of 2020.
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We are a small, traditional, and vibrant congregation. We'd love to meet you on a Sunday! Check out our Visitor's page for more details on a Sunday visit. First Lutheran is committed to the best of the Lutheran tradition while also practicing evangelism and outreach. In other words, we don't just wait for folks to show up. We invite and welcome all!
1311 Holman St, Houston, Texas 77004
09:00 am – 12:30 am