Peacemaking in Our Parishes

Peacemaking in Our Parishes


Peacemaking in Our Parishes

Rick Marrs recently wrote a piece for the Rural and Small Town Mission program of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. LCMS Rural and Small Town Mission “supports and encourages rural and small-town congregations in engaging their communities and growing together in Christ through Word and Sacrament.” Rick has been long been active with Peacemakers ministries, and brings ..


The Resurrection of our Lord • Matthew 28:1–10 • April 24, 2011


The Resurrection of our Lord • Matthew 28:1–10 • April 24, 2011

By Rick Marrs Proclaiming the gospel on Easter is a joy-filled challenge. This is the big Sunday in which everyone coming expects dynamic, joyous music and an outstanding, memorable sermon. It is, after all, the resurrection of Jesus Christ we’re celebrating! But the preacher’s hearers are of many types. The regular members, perhaps a little ..

Counting Baptisms and Praying for more

Counting Baptisms and Praying for more


Counting Baptisms and Praying for more

ESV Acts 2:41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. Whenever I hear pastors and other Christians discuss this verse, often around Pentecost Sunday, someone wonders out loud “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Holy Spirit still worked so emphatically in our world today?  ..


Proper 27 · Mark 12:38-44 · November 8, 2009


Proper 27 · Mark 12:38-44 · November 8, 2009

By Rick Marrs Several years ago, the parish I was serving invited the District’s Mission/Stewardship Executive to preach for our “New Consecration Sunday.” He surprised the congregation with this opening: “Sometimes Christians ask me what portion of their income they should really give to God and his Church? When they ask it like that, I tell ..