Prairie Wind 

Evangelical Lutheran Parish


 

212 N Eisenhower

Junction City, KS 66441

785-238-6567


Sunday Worship 9:00am

Coffee Fellowship

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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 11:00am

Sunday School for children: 10:30 am





    

 

As we prepare ourselves for our Lord’s birthday, we are reminded of our need for a Savior. Each of us looks around and finds that the world is full of opportunities to ignore what God has done for us. Whether it is our employment, our school work or activities, our family life, or our recreation, we place our need for redemption on the back burner.

 

In Mark 1:2-8 we read of John the Baptist “proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”

We also read that “people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.” In verses two and three, Mark quotes the prophet Isaiah as follows: “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight’”

 

During Advent, which began on December 1st and will end on Christmas Eve, we confess our sins, we listen to the proclamation of a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Like the people of Judea and Jerusalem, we clamor for salvation. We want to be made whole. During this Advent season, it is tempting to move ahead to Christmas and totally ignore our brokenness. December becomes all about the Joy of Christmas Day. Madison Avenue proclaims that this is the Holiday Season in an attempt to get consumers to forget about their problems and empty their pocketbooks on the latest toys for children and adults.

As the Church, however, we proclaim a different message. We proclaim that we are preparing the way of the Lord and making his paths straight. We are reflecting on our lives so that we can present ourselves with real joy on Christmas Day. Christmas begins on Christmas Day and lasts for twelve days until Epiphany. As we awaken on the morning of December 25th, I pray that our hearts will be uplifted with the knowledge that once again we remember the birth of our Lord and Savior and how God split the heavens and broke into our existence in the form of a little baby. I pray that this will be a humbling recollection and bring us to an understanding of the gift for which we are responsible. ~~~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. 

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

      "We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it; the process is not yest finished.

___Martin Luther  1483-1546