PRAIRIE WIND PARISH
 

212 N Eisenhower

Junction City, KS 66441

785-238-6567


Sunday Worship 9:30 am

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Children's Time during Worship






Marion Hill Evangelical Lutheran Church

1809 B. Ave.

White City, KS 66872


785-482-3830


Sunday Worship 9 am

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Pray for all 
nations,
leaders and peoples.
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. 

See more of our beliefs and practices at www.elca.org


From our BISHOP: Susan Candea
     Reflecting

 

This September marks the halfway point of my six-year term as bishop. I’ve had many experiences that have touched me deeply both with joy and grief, including dealing with a pandemic! I have learned a great deal, having no idea quite frankly how much I didn’t know, and I have deepened my understanding of what is important in being church together, and followers of Jesus. As I reflect on this mid-point in my call, here are some of my insights:  

  • How we talk to and with each other matters; how we talk about God matters; our words matter.
    • We need to talk to each other, tell each other what is going on, and listen to each other. 

I use inclusive, expansive language for God, and I have done so since my days in seminary. I do not call God “He” except when reading Scripture not because I’m trying to be “politically correct,” rather I do this to invite people into an expanded, inclusive image of God so that they might see themselves as bearers of God’s image, a God who is close enough to count the hairs on our heads and who the entire universe cannot contain. 

How might we talk to one another if we truly believed that each of us bears the image of God? That doesn’t mean there will not be differences among and between us, but how we communicate these differences, even our disagreements matters. Think of the difference between referring to someone as an “undocumented worker” and an “illegal alien.” Behind the issues we disagree on are people, individuals, human beings who are God’s beloved.  

We do need to speak our truth to one another. I like the idea of creating spaces for “courageous conversations” rather than “safe spaces” which implies that we are not challenged or made to feel uncomfortable. After all, where is that promised in the gospel? While I think I’m being careful and even tactful, people have described me as being direct and even blunt. I hope that people experience me as being honest, as “calling a thing a thing” (I love that phrase from our Lutheran theology) in a way that is always respectful and humble, knowing I don’t have the monopoly on the truth.

I admit that while I don’t find it particularly pleasant to get a phone call or e-mail expressing disappointment or disagreement with something I have said or done, it is even more upsetting to find out after the fact that there were issues and concerns. We can’t address things if we don’t talk about them. I certainly cannot fulfill everyone’s expectations. I make mistakes. I let people down. But I do listen, we all need to listen, even within ourselves, to hear beyond anger and hear the grief and pain.  

 

It is okay to lament (70% of the psalms are psalms of lament) knowing and trusting that God hears and brings new life even out of death and disappointment which brings me to my last insight, at least for now!

 

  • The word that matters the most is the Word of God, incarnate in Jesus Christ. 

It is my hope as we continue moving forward in relationship with

one another, tackling the challenging issues, wrestling with where God is leading us, and  at times experiencing discomfort with our differences, that our words will reflect and proclaim the gospel of Jesus, the good news of God’s grace. My prayer is that our words and actions, the way we treat one another, talk to one another, and engage in our communities and the world around us will be incarnations of the gospel.

 

Bishop Susan Candea

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Why do we call some men and women great?  

 

Because their amazing lives have helped to make the world better. In that sense, Martin Luther was on of the greatest men who ever lived. His   Reformation set people free to obey God rather than men and led to the rise of the national state. His Bible translation helped form the modern German language spoken today. His hymns returned singing to the people of the congregation and inspired composers and artists to create their masterpieces.

But his greatest gift of all was to find in God’s work the answer to the question that had tormented him as a monk:
What must I do to win God’s forgiveness for my sins?” The Bible showed him that God had already done it all for him by sending Christ, whose suffering and death paid the penalty for sin and whose resurrection would be shared by all who had faith in Him.

That great good news was the Gospel—the central message of the church that is as great today as it was 500 years ago at Luther’s time or in Jesus’ day. From Martin Luther, A Man Who Changed the World, 

by Paul L. Maier,                                  
                                                                           

  Concordia Publ. 2004

 


 

 

 

 

                

 

 

 



   

Text Box:      “ You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say. ”       
                                                                          - Martin Luther   1483-1546