Vicar’s November 2017 Corner


LCMSU New Mexico, which our campus ministry, has been meeting weekly at the University of New Mexico S.U.B. each Wednesday evening for a weekly time of Bible Study and prayer. We call it Doxology. College is a difficult time with students spending their first several years of adulthood away from home for the very first time. UNM, as well as most secular universities can have its challenges, with not only the isolation and loneliness that can occur, but there is also the stress of the course workload, as well as all of the competing ideologies, philosophies, challenges, and even new freedoms that can create an overwhelming sense of confusion and difficulty during these early adulthood years. At LCMS New Mexico, our goal is two-fold. First, to provide a connection with other students for encouragement in “our common salvation… for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3 ESV) This faith is obviously believed, confessed and taught in the Lutheran Confessions, which are a true and faithful exposition of Holy Scripture, and are a means of continual catechesis and study so that we hold fast and continue in the Gospel of our Lord. In our time of teaching each week, we hope to encourage students in the certainty of our Lord’s gifts and assurance for them, as they continue to encounter teaching and opposition to God’s truth throughout their college journey, and even into their future vocations. Secondly, we hope to serve the University of New Mexico and other students who may not have heard the Gospel of the forgiveness of sins in Christ alone, by Grace Alone through Faith Alone. We will be inviting students weekly throughout the campus to join us in our weekly Bible study, along with hosting events that invite a larger audience to hear the good news of Jesus for the sinner. As we look forward to the coming semester, we will be hosting an event on Wed. March 7 on the UNM Campus with Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller, as he discusses topics from his book “Has American Christianity Failed?” We will be inviting people from all over the campus and city to attend this event. We will also be having am Evening Prayer Service on campus next semester as well, that we will invite people to attend. It is our prayer that we would serve one another and our neighbors on the UNM campus with the love of Christ, by which we are continually served and sustained. Please join us in prayer as, by God’s grace, we proclaim the good news of Jesus’ love for the world, and the students at the University of New Mexico in particular. If you would like to learn more or have any questions on LCMSU New Mexico, please feel free to contact me through email (, or visit our Facebook Page:

[Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!” [PSALM 105:1-2 (ESV)].

The Lord be with you,
Vicar Marsh Shamburger