First Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1851 in downtown Houston and has been in Midtown since 1927. It's original name was First German Evangelical Lutheran Church. (For more on the word "evangelical", go here.) First Lutheran served as the gathering place for German Lutherans in Houston for the first several decades of its life. It continues to serve as a gathering place for followers of Jesus who desire to worship, learn, and serve their Lord together. First Lutheran is committed to the Great Commission of making disciples and baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To carry this mission out, we emphasize five ministries:
Worship and Teaching. Our worship life is rooted in the historic liturgy and music of the Lutheran tradition. The teaching and preaching are rooted in the Bible, apologetics, and movements in society and the Church at large.
First Friends - This Parents Day Out program is for infants, toddler and Pre-K children. It uses a Christian curriculum and serves families with young children.
Music at First. First Lutheran's resonant acoustic and fine pipe organ are ideal for presentations of fine music. We have hosted talented local musicians and occasionally those of international stature. First Lutheran has been the venue for Houston Early Music's main-stage concerts (by renowned visiting ensembles) each year during the Houston Early Music Festival. The Bach Choir and Orchestra, university choirs, KINETIC conductor-less orchestra, Zachow Ensemble, Ensemble Correnti, Houston Baroque, and others have also appeared. See the Upcoming Events box above for information about future concerts or go here.
The Bonhoeffer House. This program houses and trains men and women interested in future ministry, while living in intentional Christian community. They host Jesus 101, an introduction to Jesus complete with a free lunch, for Houston Community College students across the street every Wednesday at 12:00 during the school year. They also hold a weekly Tuesday evening Bible study. This ministry is inspired by Dietrich Bonhoeffer's classic work, Life Together.
First Word Debate Series. These events bring together intellectuals and public figures to debate the philosophical, moral and religious issues of our day. We just hosted a debate on the existence of God in June. You can watch that on YouTube here. Learn about upcoming topics here.
First Lutheran strongly supports and recommends the Christian Community Service Center. CCSC acts as the hands and feet of Christ, responsibly and lovingly helping those in Houston who are unemployed, underemployed, hungry and homeless. We also strongly support the work of Lutherans for Life.
Many thanks to Levi Reuben at Pencil Break for the creation of our new logo! We wanted something that was clean and fresh, but also represented our traditional architecture and, of course, our theology. Our new logo does all of that. We highly recommend Pencil Break if you need any assistance with graphic design.
If you are looking for Bible study or Christian community, check out our built-in community, Bonhoeffer House.
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