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.
Every Wednesday during Lent we will have an Evening Prayer service at 6:00 pm. Join us for a brief service to observe the Lenten season.
On Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm, we will be hosting a debate between Pastor Evan McClanahan and contemporary music leader Clinton Wilcox on the question, "Should Worship Change with the Times?" This event is free and open to the public. If you like interesting conversations about important topics, you won't want to miss this event and future First Word Debate Series events. You can sign up for email reminders on the debate page.
1311 Holman St, Houston, Texas 77004