My dad’s first church!
Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Prairie City, Missouri, the first church that I served after graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. I was invited to preach at their kickoff celebration on April 22.
The theme of the year-long celebration is “God’s Grace From Generation to Generation.” It is based on Psalm 100:5, “For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”
Prairie City is a tiny town about 65 miles south of Kansas City.
The congregation was founded in 1868 and is made up mostly of people in the agriculture industry. It was a great congregation for me to start my ministry and my wife and I still keep in touch with several members of the congregation.
From the beginning, the congregation has supported a parochial school which both of our daughters attended. As…
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