* In Normal Times *
Spoken Word Service 9:00 am
Sunday School: 10:00 am
Liturgical Worship with Music: 11:00 am
Due to COVID-19, we are moving to a combination of live streamed and in-person services (mostly live streamed). Sunday, our service will be held at 11:00. The link will be posted here just as the link below was posted for this past Sunday's service. To see that service, click below.
The direct link to the YouTube feed of today's service is here:
Follow along with service PDFs below.
These are PDF files of our Wednesday Vespers service and our Sunday morning service. Both services are mostly spoken word services so you will be able to follow along with them and we won't ask you to sing at home alone! The Sunday service will begin at 11:00 and the Wednesday service will begin at 7:00 pm. 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. 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. 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.
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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