In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not put it out.
Dear fellow believers in Jesus Christ. Greetings in Christ!
As I write this letter we find ourselves in a situation and a time unlike anything I have experienced in my life. This is a time of isolation. Hugs and handshakes are out of bounds. We talk at a distance or over phones or computers. In isolation it is easy to start to see the darkness closing in around us. In this tunnel we are going through there appears to be no light at all ahead of us. In isolation we are reminded of all the burdens that we carry that no one else knows about. Jesus was carrying burdens that none of his friends and followers understood. The weight was so great that Jesus went off by himself and asked God to take it away. We all have weights we are carrying that we would like God to take away. God did not take the weight off of Jesus. Jesus bore the complete weight of our sins and died our death. Jesus cried from the cross, “It is finished!” Then Jesus experienced hell for us when God turned his back on his own Son who had become our sin. Thanks be to God!
As we move through the end of Lent and walk the road of Holy Week with Jesus - never forget that all things have been accomplished. Jesus Christ is risen! Nothing can stop the light of the risen Christ. Nothing. Do not start - even for a moment to think of Christ as anything but risen and alive. You are not isolated. Christ is with you. Christ knows every burden that you carry. He knows every pain that you can’t let go of. Jesus is here for you. He knows all about suffering and bearing burdens that no one else understands. He knows you. Jesus knows you and loves you. He is light for our darkness. He is the light that darkness has not put out!
Even though we won’t be together this Easter - Jesus Christ is risen! Nothing anyone or anything can do can hold Christ back... because it is finished!
As we move through this unknown landscape and darkness seems to fall around us - the light of Christ is shining. We are not like those who have no hope. Jesus is our hope! Jesus is our Light! This is our week to remember: Christ is risen!
I miss you all so much. I look forward to the time when we can gather together and celebrate our Hope and our Life in Him.
May God bless you and keep you, God make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. May God look upon you with favor and give you peace.
- Pastor Wiley
The Rock in the Desert
How many times did Christ Lutheran become a “rock in the desert” for people who found themselves in Rawlins, Wyoming? When they arrived in Rawlins, to some it seemed as if they had landed on a different planet. Rawlins, from the culture to the landscape, is indeed unlike anywhere else on earth. In 1867 General Rawlins was sent West by his good friend General Grant. Rawlin’s health was failing. As his party of soldiers crossed the wide open high plains desert of southern Wyoming he stopped to look for refreshment. A spring in the desert. How many times has Christ Lutheran become a "spring in the desert" for people who found themselves in Rawlins? Christ Lutheran has been a place of refreshment - a piece of the hope that is to come - a gift from God for the people passing through Rawlins and a blessing for those who chose to stay here. General Rawlins found a spring that quenched his thirst. Christ Lutheran, for over 60 years, has been a source of living water for the thirsty soul... living water that springs up in a person and leads them to eternal life.
When to contact Your Pastor
The term “pastor” comes from the Latin word for shepherd and is a most appropriate title for a called servant of the Word in a Christian Congregation. As your shepherd, I count it a privilege to be one of the Lord’s “undershepherds” in His church. That means that I am here to minister to your needs, to shepherd, to care for the flock of Christ. Here is where you come in: I can only “pastor” the members of this flock when they tell me about their needs. People needs are my first priority, so. . .
Contact your pastor any time
* hospitalized for any reason
* you are concerned about a friend
* contemplating marriage
* before seeing a lawyer for divorce
* you just need somebody to listen to you.
* you have questions about your faith
* you have questions about the bible
* going to have surgery
* you have sorrows or joys that you want to share.