Website Move Complete!

First Lutheran Church has completed the move to its new website domain.  Visit us at

Our old domain and site will remain operational for a short time as we give time for our Podcast feed to properly migrate to the new site.  After that, will redirect visits to our new site.

Email to the old domain will similarly be forwarded to the corresponding new address.

Welcome and enjoy!  Please let us know what you think of the new site and how it may be improved to better serve you.

First Lutheran Web Presence is Moving

To more effectively communciate with our community and members, First Lutheran Church is moving its web presence, email and blogs to a new provider and domain.

Still under development, the church website will be at  Email accounts have already been converted to the new domain, but our long-time “” addresses will continue to work indefinitely.  Mail to an old address will automatically forward to the corresponding new address.

The church WordPress blog, which you are viewing, has already been moved to the new domain; its address is

The Preschool website has been successfully moved to the Preschool’s new domain; the school’s web address is  As with the church, old email is automatically forwarded to the corresponding new address.

If you have any questions please contact our webmaster at; he’ll be glad to discuss the conversion and tools being used, and questions you may have on our web presence.

Sermon Podcast

Starting in 2011, First Lutheran Church worship service sermons are available online for your listening pleasure!

Click here to access Pastor Maschke’s sermon Podcast. The podcast is also listed on the News Feed page of the Resources tab.

You may directly subscribe to our site feed by clicking on the “feed” icon in the upper right hand corner of this site or through your browser’s “subscribe to feed” feature.

And these audio files are available free through the iTunes Store; subscribe to “Messages from First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Concord, CA”.

Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 11 – The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, Amen!

(Originally published Aug 30, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

So far this summer, we’ve prayed a lot of important prayers. We’ve prayed “Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses. Lead us not into temptation, and Deliver us from evil.” This brings us to the conclusion of the prayer Jesus taught us to pray, when we say the words, “For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.”

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Pray Like Jesus, Pt. 10 – Deliver Us from Evil

(Originally published Aug 23, 2009 by Rev. Jedidiah Maschke)

This morning, my wife and I were looking over the newspaper and pointing out articles that we thought were interesting, and one in particular drew my attention. It turns out that a man was arrested and convicted of stealing a painting of the Virgin Mary in order to pay for the abortion of a teenage girl he had raped. Anna pointed out that there’s just all sorts of levels of evil on that one!

I think that, no matter what you believe, you’d be hard pressed to argue against the existence of evil in the world. Whether it’s the story this weekend of a man who killed four of his girlfriend’s cats, or terrorism and wars, politics, famine, suicide, murder, or Brett Favre playing for the Vikings, it’s difficult to deny the existence of evil in the world.

Ok, I’m kidding Brett Favre. Mostly.
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