Sunday School/Coffee: 10:00 am Sunday Worship: 11:00 am Service: Always
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. First Lutheran is committed to the Great Commission of making disciples of Jesus Christ as is our denomination, the North American Lutheran Church. Though we share a similar name as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we are no longer a part of that denomination. For thoughts on the word "evangelical", see 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 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, communion, prayers, etc. - but no music. It will be family-friendly as children will be welcome. We anticipate the service being a bit shorter than our 11:00 service, probably going from 9:00-9:45 or so. You are welcome to visit us at either service on Easter Sunday, April 12. The Sunday School hour will remain in place at 10:00 am.
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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 – 04:00 pm