Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center
3833 North Maryland Avenue
Shorewood, WI 53211-2431
To the saints at Luther Memorial Chapel and University Student Center,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
On Sunday, October 22, Luther Memorial Chapel was led by the Holy Spirit to extend to me her call to serve as pastor of your congregation. I am honored to be asked to be part of LMC’s future. I am also deeply honored to be considered among those men who have faithfully shepherded the flock, most recently Pastor Wieting, who has helped our synod and so many of her churches consider in a new light the blessings of weekly communion, where the Risen Christ is truly present bestowing the gifts of salvation.
With that said, I am writing to announce that I have prayed to God with my wife Kristina, the District Presidents, the Board of Elders and many others, and through the guiding of the Holy Spirit have been led to accept your call to serve as Pastor at Luther Memorial Chapel with great joy and gladness of heart.
I beg of you your prayers and intercessions for Kristina and the children that God has entrusted to our care. The grief we carry preparing for farewells to family at St. Paul carries a weight we are hardly capable of concealing in the weeks and months ahead. Please join me in praying for the lambs at St. Paul in Wittenberg that God would generously provide them a shepherd. Please pray especially for me, a poor sinner. I ask for your forgiveness even now, as this new opportunity has led me to consider my deep sinfulness, the frailty of my flesh, and the personal and professional shortcomings that result.
Nevertheless, before God and the holy angels I pledge to you my absolute commitment to the Word of God in its truth and purity, and to the Lutheran Confessions contained in the Book of Concord. To these, as before and always, we will not move an inch. I will do my best by the Word of Christ to lead compassionately with the Gospel, to speak the truth in love, to administer the sacraments faithfully, and to love and care for the saints at Luther Memorial in mercy and compassion as we await the glorious appearing of our Lord.
Dear friends of God, there is no greater consolation on earth than this, that though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as wool, that though they be red like crimson, they shall be white as snow. There is no greater comfort than this one eternal truth, that the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s son, cleanses you from sin.
God grant us much joy, pastor and people, preacher and hearers, shepherd and flock, as we continue to serve the Lord Jesus here in Shorewood, our communities, and throughout the world.
Your soon to be servant of the Word made flesh,
Reverend Michael C. Larson
The Festival of All Saints, Anno Domini 2017