Prairie Wind 

Evangelical Lutheran Parish


 

212 N Eisenhower

Junction City, KS 66441

785-238-6567


Sunday Worship 9:00am

Coffee Fellowship

 following 

Children's Time during Worship






Marion Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church

1809 B. Ave.

White City, KS 66872


785-482-3830


Sunday Worship 11:00am

Sunday School for children: 10:30 am






When Jesus had come down from the mountain, great crowds followed

 him; and there was a leper who came to him and knelt before him,

saying, “Lord, if you choose, you can make me clean.”  He stretched

 out his hand and touched him, saying, “I do choose.  Be made clean!”  

Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.  Then Jesus said to him,  “See

that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, 

and offer the gift that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”  

Matthew 8:1-4

 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

It seems like in this difficult time we have very little choice.  Our brand 

of ketchup, or pop, or toilet paper isn’t available at the store and we are forced to settle.  Our favorite restaurant doesn’t have drive-thru.  We 

can’t go to the places we want to go; we can’t see the people we want 

see.  It is hard! We are a nation built on many, many choices in our day

to day lives.  We take pride in that.  And choices are good.  But, now

our choices are being limited by a virus that has affected even the

most mundane choices and hurt individuals and communities in big

ways.  And the choices that we have been given by authorities don’t

 seem fair.


 Why do I have to stay in when I am not sick?


Why should my business suffer because of this illness…can’t we just

 risk it?


But we have seen how our choices can in the grand scheme hurt or

 even kill our neighbors.  As Christians we above all should not want to

 do that.  So again our choices are limited for a time.  We have reports


 that answers and “normalcy” might be down the road a bit.  And again


 we as Christians above all are a hopeful people.

 

The notion of unlimited choice gets into our understanding of God as


 well.  We hear preachers declaring “Choose God, Choose Christ”.  But


 as the scripture quoted above (among many) states, it is the other way


 around.  The Leper was living in a hopeless, isolated situation.  The


 authorities, not just for a few weeks or months, but for centuries had


 “quarantined” people with this disease.  They were cut off from society


 and had to practice social distancing in the extreme.  (In medieval


 times you were required even to wear special distinctive clothing and


 ring a bell and call out, to warn people that you were coming.) Six feet


 would have been considered too close in Jesus’ day.  The leper


 though, decides to break the boundaries and approach Jesus; “Lord, if


 you choose, you can make me clean.”  And then Jesus, goes further


 stretching out his hand and actually touching an untouchable!  And he


 said “I do choose!  Be made clean!” Do you see who has done the


 choosing?  Yes, it is Christ. 

 

Christ was God’s beautiful choice to save all of us. 



Christ comes to the hopeless, those without choices, and touches us. 


In this difficult time remember that as you recall being part of the Body


 of Christ. 


No matter how much distance the world puts upon us, we are once and


 forever close to our Savior, our Cleanser, our Lord, Jesus Christ.


God chooses YOU!

 


Pastor Anita



Mission Statement
We have benefited greatly from the gifts of God's love, peace and joy through Jesus Christ.  In grateful response we seek to share these same gifts with others, inviting all people seeking meaning, purpose, and community to a new life in Christ. 

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     "Be a sinner and sin strongly, but more strongly have faith and rejoice in Christ."

        __Martin Luther  1483-1546