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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

Sunday School

9:15 AM  (Sunday School Room - Gym)

Adult Bible Study

9:00 AM  (Holy Cross Hall - Gym)

Sunday Morning Service

10:00 AM  (Sanctuary)  

Historic First Lutheran

Weekday Prayer

"Prayer Force One"


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.


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.

Our goal is to maintain full compliance with requirements as we joyfully re-open corporate worship inside the church.  These requirements are by the City of Pasadena, the State of California, and the County of Los Angeles.

 Note: During the earlier stages of the pandemic, in order to assist our members and our community in avoiding, slowing and, eventually, eliminating the virus' spread, we temporarily suspended our 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 the situation continues to improve, we are carefully re-starting these important parts of our church life and will provide updates.

Health Protocols for All Services and Activities:

1)  Please perform a personal health screening prior to coming to church.  Please stay home if you are not feeling well for any reason. 

2)  Covid vaccinations are highly recommended.

3)  A weekly worship reservation system will continue to be used for all activities and services.

4)  Properly worn face coverings – covering both the nose and mouth - are recommended on the church campus at all times.  The church will provide face coverings, as needed.

5)  Physical distancing of 6 feet at all times on the church campus is highly recommended.

6)  The Church Narthex restroom will be available for limited use, as will the restrooms in Koch Hall (preferred).

7)  Individual, contact-less, distanced communion will continue to be practiced.

Please Note: Historic First Lutheran will always do its best to create the safest environment for all staff and worshipers, including providing indoor and outdoor worship alternatives with distanced seating, in addition to providing gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, etc., upon request.  However, due to the changing nature of Covid and due to circumstances beyond the control of Historic First Lutheran, there remains a small potential possibility of infection and each worshiper voluntarily accepts that personal risk.                      

We Preach Christ RESURRECTED!

"…if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith...

But Christ has indeed been raised from the in Christ all will be made alive…"

(1Corinthians 15:14 - 22)

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Sunday Service*

10:00 a.m. (Sanctuary)

"I rejoiced with those who said to me,

'Let us go to the house of the LORD.'”

Psalm 122:1

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Please note: reservations are required for all services except noon Lent Services. 

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 (i.e. by Saturday for Sunday ).

Note: You will need to  receive a confirmation response to ensure that the reservation has been made

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

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

For either communion service, please contact Pastor Schaar at the church office (see above.) 

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Ash Wednesday Services

February 14, 2024

12:00 noon and 7:00 p. m.*


Confessional services with

the imposition of Ashes and the Lord's Supper.

Please join us!




Please see note above regarding reservations .



Ash Wednesday and Lent come crashing into our lives this month.  Easter is just around the corner! But, as with Advent and Christmas, we must walk through a valley before we arrive at the mountaintop.

During Lent this year, we will be turning our attention to the Passion of our Lord Jesus from the Gospel of St. John.  We will especially consider the Divine majesty and glory of Jesus that's hidden under His suffering and death.  We pray that God's Holy Spirit will imprint the image of Christ crucified upon our minds, hearts, and consciences.

Wednesday, February 21 

12:00 noon - Sanctuary

"Two Interrogations"

John 18 : 12-27

Wednesday, March 6 

12:00 noon - Sanctuary

"Whom Do We Follow?"

John 19 : 1-16a

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Wednesday, February 28 

12:00 noon - Sanctuary

"What Kind of King is This?"

John 18 : 28-40

Wednesday, March 13 

12:00 noon - Sanctuary

"Wisdom Has A Friend

on the Cross"

John 19 : 16b-27

Wednesday, March 20 

12:00 noon - Sanctuary

"Jesus Finishes The Battle For Your Salvation"

John 19 : 28-42

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,

Personalized, autographed copies are also available for $20 directly from Pastor Schaar.

To obtain ordering information,  please send an email to .

100% of the profits benefit Historic First Lutheran.

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