On Friday, 15 July 2011, President Harrison preached at the LCMS’ missionary sending service for 34 Career, GEO, and Lutheran education missionaries who were being sent to 16 countries including Cambodia, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Kenya, Macau, Russia, South Africa and Taiwan. The theme of President Harrison’s sermon was “Jesus Only.” In the sermon President Harrison alluded to Dr. Martin Luther’s description of the body of Christ feeling the pain of other Christians around the world. He said, “When you stub your toe, we will feel it here at the International Center and pray for you.”

The Order of Service for the Missionary Sending service was the Divine Service with the celebration of Holy Communion. Village Lutheran Church, Laude, Missouri Sponsored the service. President Harrison services as the assistant pastor to Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden, Senior Pastor at Village Lutheran.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden, Senior Pastor at Village Lutheran Church in Laude distributes Holy Communion in the picture above. President Harrison, assistant Pastor at Village Lutheran Church, was the celebrant.

The Missionary Sending Service was a great joy. It was a great privilege to have  District President Ray Mirly from the Missouri District at the service.

A reception was held for the missionaries after the Sending Service at the LCMS International Center.

The LCMS Reporter Online has a story on the sending service titled, “Synod commissions 34 new missionaries.” The Saint Louis Post Dispatch posted a photo gallery called, “Missouri Synod missionary sending service.”