Welcome to First Evangelical Lutheran Church

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First Lutheran is a parish of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and one of nearly 200 congregations of the New England Synod. Our doors are open to life-long Lutheran Christians, Christians of other denominations and to those seeking to know more about Christ. First is a community of faith centered in Word and Sacrament and focused on proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel to a world in turmoil. We invite you to join us as we offer ourselves to God and to the greater community through our liturgy and prayer and service to our brothers and sisters. We ask that God bless you on your journey of faith, wherever it may lead you.

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Our Christmas Worship Schedule is: Advent 4:  Sunday December 24 services at 7:45 & 9 am CHRISTMAS EVE, December 24…

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This Sunday, December 17, the third Sunday of Advent we will hold our Children’s Christmas Pageant during the 9 am…

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Join us on Monday, December 18 at 7 pm as we host the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble here in concert….

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This Sunday, November 5 we will gather at our 9 am service of worship to honor our Minister of Music…

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KAFFE STUGA:  Once again, Martha Guild, LCW will be the sponsors of “Kaffe Stuga”. If you have recently joined our…

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Worship with Us


Sundays 7:45 & 9 am

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  • The Third Sunday of Advent 

  • December 17, 2017

    Services at 7:45 & 9 am

  • Introduction

    “Rejoice always,” begins the reading from First Thessalonians. Isaiah and the psalmist make clear that God is turning our mourning into laughter and shouts of joy. “All God’s children got a robe,” go the words of the spiritual. It is not so much a stately, formal, pressed outfit as it is a set of party clothes, clothes that make us feel happy just to put on. We receive that robe in baptism, and in worship we gather for a foretaste of God’s party.

    Readings and Psalms