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The Diocese of Western Kansas
The Diocese of Western Kansas is one of 109 diocese within the Episcopal Church in the United States. The Diocese of Western Kansas encompasses the western 2/3 of the Great State of Kansas from Salina to Colorado and from Oklahoma to Nebraska. There are 29 Episcopal Churches in this diocese so chances are, wherever you go, you're not too far from us. Welcome to the Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas!
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The Latest News
Congratulations to Father Matthew Lewis and Father Andrew Hook upon their ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests
The Reverend Matthew Lewis was ordained to the priesthood on Monday, November 25th, by The Right Reverend Scott Benhase in the Diocese of Georgia.
The Reverend Andrew Hook was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, November 30th, by The Right Reverend Michael Milliken in the Diocese of Western Kansas
O God the Father Eternal, from ancient times you have called and set apart priests to serve at your holy altar. From your first priest Aaron and down through the ages you have entrusted the responsibility of sharing your love, hope, and reconciliation with the world. Knowing that this mantle is both rewarding and difficult, we lift up our priests to your altar of grace. Have mercy upon them, strengthen them, and empower them to do your work in this world. We pray especially for Father Matthew and Father Andrew that as they begin this sacred task they would be faithful witnesses to the Gospel and dedicated servants of your Church. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Christmas Message from The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Twenty-Sixth Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church
"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6
Isaiah pronounces these words to a people who remember the yoke of slavery laid on their shoulders. They’ve been waiting for this child, whose birth transforms that yoke into a mantle of authority. They are promised that this authority will continue to grow as the peaceable commonwealth is established – with justice and righteousness for all, and for ever.
This promise is spoken anew to people in every age, to those who have lived under oppression or in dark depression, to the hungry and ill and imprisoned. The birth we celebrate offers hope, in Word made flesh, who comes among us to heal and walk this way with us. The mantle of authority on his shoulders begins in the swaddling clothes of a child born in the humblest of circumstances. Yet that authority is recognized even by foreigners from far away. That mantle of authority does continue to grow, through a life offered for others, raised into new life, and passed on to new generations of fleshly God-bearers. Wherever justice and righteousness is done, that authority is growing, borne on the shoulders of the Prince of Peace.
He comes again, bearing the grace of the One whose image he wears in flesh. Seek him, sing his new song, declare his glory, and tell out the good news to all the nations: God reigns, and he is coming bearing righteousness and truth on his shoulders.
May you discover that humble authority born again on the edges of the world’s notice. May that royal inheritance and authority of the stable be born in you, enliven your heart, and rest on your shoulders. Bear it abroad in peace, this year and throughout the ages.