Many Nations ; One Savior

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him 

should not perish, but have everlasting life."

 John 3:16 (KJV) 

To carry this Gospel, this Good News, to all the World, just as Jesus Himself dwelt among us, God's Family is called to be "Street Saints" to the hurting people of this world.



Welcome, and thank you for visiting Historic First Lutheran Church online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.



Historic First Lutheran

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Sunday School

 9:00 AM


Adult Bible Study

(Holy Cross Hall - Gym) 9:00 AM


Sunday Morning Service

(Sanctuary) 10:00 AM

Historic First Lutheran
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Weekday Prayer

"Prayer Force One"


(Sanctuary) 11:30 AM

Followed by Prayer Walk each week to meet and share God's love with our neighbors.

Our Mission


To welcome all people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and into responsible church membership through the power of the Word and prayer followed by action of faith.



Our church offers a traditional setting for your most sacred celebration.

God's Family During Crises

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,

“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,

plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Historic First Lutheran and the COVID-19 Pandemic

As our nation and the peoples of the world struggle to deal with the impacts of the novel coronavirus, we continue to look in faith to our loving God for strength, guidance and deliverance.

News Regarding Outdoor Worship!


While we continue to complete requirements to re-open corporate worship inside the church, please know that the City of Pasadena is allowing us to gather for outdoor worship with fewer restrictions 

                       for those who participate.  These restrictions have been issued by the State of California, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena.

 Note: During this period of re-opening, to assist our members and our community in avoiding, slowing and eventually eliminating the virus' spread, we  continue to - temporarily - suspend Sunday Services within the church, Sunday School, Bible classes, Wednesday Services, meetings and other group events in accordance with directives from the City of Pasadena and the State of California.  

As conditions change, we will adapt and provide updates.

Restrictions and Requirements for Outdoor Worship

The restrictions include:

1)  The wearing of a face covering that covers your nose and mouth while you are on the church campus.  (The church will attempt  to provide a face covering in case you forget.)

2)  Physical distancing of 6' at all times between all people not from the same household, including in the parking lot and as you are entering the center courtyard through the wrought iron gate in the South Parking Lot.

3)  A quick personal health screening immediately before you leave home.  The continued health of all of us depends on the trust  that you complete the self-screening process.

    ○ Such analysis MUST include a self-temperature check

       ● If your temperature is 100 degrees or more, PLEASE STAY HOME and consult your doctor.

    ○ Also ask yourself the following questions:   ● Have I been around anyone with COVID-19?

       ● Do I have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?         ● Do I have a cough, sore throat or chills?

       ● Do I have a headache, muscle pain, or repeated shaking?  ● Have I experienced a new loss of taste or smell?


Note: If your answer to any of these questions is "Yes,"  PLEASE STAY HOME and consult your doctor.

4) When you arrive you will be asked if you have completed your health screening.  For those unable to perform the personal health screening, the church will have an infrared touchless thermometer to check temperatures upon arrival.

5)  There will be no access to water fountains or water dispensers and all children's play equipment will be unavailable.

6)  Limited chairs will be available for those unable to stand for the 20-30 minute communion service (it is acceptable to bring your own lawn chair and take it home after).

7)  Touchless communion will be practiced.  Instructions will be provided at each service.





Location and Reservations

Services will be held

in the Margaret Fackler Memorial Garden.  

A reservation system will be used to ensure we do not exceed the maximum allowable capacity.  You will need to make a reservation and receive a confirmation response.

PLEASE contact the church office at or 626.793.1139 by 3 p.m. the day before the scheduled service you would like to attend (so by Saturday for Sunday and by Tuesday for Wednesday).


The following times are available for outdoor worship:

 Sunday Mornings at 8:30 a.m.  PUNCTUAL  (please arrive by 8:15)

 Sunday Mornings at 9:30 a.m.  PUNCTUAL  (please arrive by 9:15)

 Sunday Mornings at 10:30 a.m.  PUNCTUAL  (please arrive by 10:15)

 -- Additional times will be added if maximum capacity is reached. --


Private communion services are available in the Fackler Garden by appointment.  Contact Pastor Schaar.

Front Porch communion services continue to be available at your home.  Contact Pastor Schaar.


Emailed devotions will continue to be circulated every Wednesday and Sunday.

These devotions are also posted as soon as possible on this website for access on your computer, your tablet, or your smartphone.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."  John 3:16

"...the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." 

Luke 2:10

" are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”  Matthew 1:21

Worship Under the Palms

Easter Blessings

April 4, 2021

"He is not here; he has risen, just as He said." 

Matthew 28:6

He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations..."

Luke 24:46-47

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

(Jesus prays for All Believers)“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father,  just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me."

John 17:20-21


Bishop of Constantinople, 407 C.E

Are there any who are devout lovers of God?

Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival!

Are there any who are grateful servants?

Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord!

Are there any weary with fasting?

Let them now receive their wages!

If any have toiled from the first hour,

let them receive their due reward;

If any have come after the third hour,

let him with gratitude join in the Feast!

And he that arrived after the sixth hour,

let him not doubt; for he too shall sustain no loss.

And if any delayed until the ninth hour,

let him not hesitate; but let him come too.

And he who arrived only at the eleventh hour,

let him not be afraid by reason of his delay.

For the Lord is gracious and receives the last even as the first.

He gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour,

as well as to him that toiled from the first.

To this one He gives, and upon another He bestows.

He accepts the works as He greets the endeavor.

The deed He honors and the intention He commends.

Let us all enter into the joy of the Lord!

First and last alike receive your reward;

rich and poor, rejoice together!

Sober and slothful, celebrate the day!

You that have kept the fast, and you that have not,

rejoice today for the Table is richly laden!

Feast royally on it; the calf is a fatted one.

Let no one go away hungry. Partake, all, of the cup of faith.

Enjoy all the riches of His goodness!

Let no one grieve at his poverty,

for the universal kingdom has been revealed.

Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again;

for forgiveness has risen from the grave.

Let no one fear death, for the Death of our Savior has set us free.

He has destroyed it by enduring it.

He destroyed Hell when He descended into it.

He put it into an uproar even as it tasted of His flesh.

Isaiah foretold this when he said,

"You, 0 Hell, have been troubled by encountering Him below."

Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.

It was in an uproar because it is mocked.

It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.

It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.

It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.

Hell took a body, and discovered God.

It took earth, and encountered Heaven.

It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.

0 death, where is thy sting?

0 Hell, where is thy victory?

Christ is Risen, and you, 0 death, are annihilated!

Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!

Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!

Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!

Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead;

for Christ having risen from the dead,

is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Alleluia! Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Continued Ministry at Historic First Lutheran: 

-- Our Pastor will be on campus every day and can be reached,

by both members and non-members, by telephone or email

(see this website's Visit/Contact Us tab).



-- If you desire to watch online streaming worship services from a Lutheran church,

links are available at  

Services are available at a variety of times in either traditional

or contemporary styles.

-- We will continue to search for ways to serve God and our community and, as our Lord said, to love our neighbors as ourselves. 

As Jesus Himself said, “The gates of hell shall not prevail” [Matthew 16:18].  

Inspired by this, Martin Luther wrote, “Though devils all the world may fill, all eager to devour us, we tremble not; we fear no ill; they shall not overpow’r us!” 

Even with the heavy burdens of this time and situation, we have opportunities to seek

God in prayer, to carry His love and reassurance to others through the many means of communication we have available, to support caregivers and workers, both frontline and in the background, and to study the insights He has given us in His Word.

May God's love and blessings be on you and upon all those whom you hold dear.

Pastor Christopher Schaar's long anticipated book on the Symbolism

of Historic First Lutheran

is finally in print ! 

The book starts the story of the church building standing on Los Robles Ave. and walks all the way through the Sanctuary right up to the Altar, telling about ALL the symbolism hidden in the building itself -- a silent sermon in stucco, wood, and glass. There are 33 color photos (plus the cover compilation of all the stained glass) as well as some 15,000 words (78 pages) and over 150 Scripture references.  The book has been a dream in the making for over 10 years!

The book is available for $25 from Amazon,

or personalized, autographed copies are available for $20 directly from Pastor Schaar.

To obtain ordering information,  please send an email to .

100% of the profits benefit Historic First Lutheran.