Prairie Wind 

Evangelical Lutheran 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

  "Be a sinner - and sin strongly. But more strongly have FAITH and REJOICE in Christ"

                   
Martin Luther 1483-1546


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

SCHOOL DAYS FOR YOUNG AND OLD

          “Learn of me” Matthew 11:29

          If we wish to be prepared for life, we must have some education. The better the education, the better one is prepared to be a leader in the working work, in school, in church, in politics. In short, education prepares one to live a better life.

Jesus taught school for grown people. I think those pupils of Jesus were a representative group of a classroom today: Peter, the impulsive one; James and John, the passionate ones; Thomas, the skeptical one; Judas, the greedy one; Andrew, the generous one. How discouraged Jesus must have felt at times over their understanding of his lessons.

We should set an example for those who are learning from us. Our friends, neighbors, children, all look to us for examples in ways to live each day. Are we good schoolmasters? Are we good pupils?
Moffat translates Ecclesiastes 4:5 as follows: “He is a fool who folds his hands and lets life go to ruin.”

September is the time for starting fresh in the school of life. Let us teach our youth that there is something to reach for and not to be satisfied until they have striven for the best. ~Amy Bolding “Please Give a Devotion”

 




 


 

From our BISHOP

Susan Candea: 

 


 

 

         I planted a garden this summer. Green beans, tomatoes, lavender, basil, zucchini, sage, rosemary and thyme. Flowers will follow soon. The rabbit and squirrel populations are robust, and it doesn’t help that my husband feeds the squirrels and has given them names. I thought about constructing a garden compound topped with razor wire, but I’m not going to do that. I will try the traditional methods of Tabasco sauce, dish soap, Irish Spring soap and vigilance. I will also place some fencing around the green beans and tomatoes. And I will hope.

With human beings in quarantine, the rest of creation had a chance to breathe and thrive. The smog had abated so much in India that people could see the Himalayas for the first time in decades. Penguins roamed the streets of Cape Town, South Africa, and mountain goats strolled through towns in Wales. I heard coyotes howling at night in my urban neighborhood. Rabbits and squirrels had the run of the place. At first this was a welcome sign of life flourishing despite the pandemic. But soon the rabbits and squirrels became brazen, and they turned their attention to my garden.

The squirrels chewed the raspberry canes down to a nub. The rabbits treated my petunia bed and green beans like an all-you-can-eat salad bar. Just as the tomatoes were beginning to ripen, the squirrels took them right off the vine. It was maddening. I tried all kinds of deterrents—Tabasco sauce mixed with dish soap, chunks of Irish Spring soap tied to stakes, constant vigilance—all to no avail. I even considered the possibility of an air rifle, but I’m pretty sure that there is an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of weapons in the city limits.

Eventually I came to believe that the rabbits and squirrels had formed an unholy alliance and were organizing against me. My suspicions were confirmed when I found tiny copies of Watership Down (the rabbit liberation manifesto) tucked in the bushes. All that was standing by the end of the season was the lavender, which I found remarkable because I was sure they would have taken the opportunity to fashion little wreathes to adorn their burrows and nests. To add insult to injury, the rabbits kept producing more little bunnies. They were adorable! Darn it!

Legend has it that Martin Luther once said: “If I knew that the world were to come to an end tomorrow I would plant an apple tree today.” This is a powerful statement of faith in the God who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the confidence that, when “he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end” (Nicene Creed), God will restore all of creation and this will be a good end.

This is the faith which declares that through pandemics, droughts, floods, famine, deadly bigotry, war, all the death-dealing things in nature and the human heart, life—the abundant life that Jesus promises—will prevail.

Plant something in the summer.