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Rev. Rhonda Kouterick

First United Methodist Church in Horseheads

1034 W. Broad St.

Horseheads, N. Y.  14845

Telephone: (607) 739-1943



 A Word from Pastor Rhonda           December 2018                  


Prepare the WAY of the Lord!

Thunder in the desert!  Prepare for God's arrival!  Make the road straight and smooth, a highway fit for our God.  Fill in the valleys, level offf the hills, smooth out the ruts, clear out the rocks.  Then God's bright glory will shine and everyone will see it. Yes, Just as God has said."  Isaiah 40:3-5  MSG

Something stirs deep within

          a memory of a distant harmony

          a longing for connection

          a feeling of warmth.

Stirred by the twinkling of light

          the gathering of friends

          the clear, still, and holy night.

Something stirs deep within

          the simple story of a baby

          a shaking of assumptions and fears.

          and a God who bends low to be with us.

                                                 from The Living nativity, Larry J. Peacock p. 12

     "Don't miss out, come home for Christmas!  Come home to church, to worship, to be part of the celebration,  Surely, it's the best time of the year!  Come home for Christmas, share in the traditions, hear the story of the Lord our God come to earth.  Discover again- Emmanuel, God with us- showing us the way to love, to live in hope, joy and peace."

Pastor Rhonda

Prayer for the First week of Advent                                                      Holy Child, Loving Savior, we sense the coming of your birth.  We feel the creeping hustle and bustle that pushes you to the side.  We feel the burden of lists and obligations that drain our joy and dull our spirit.  We see the flurry of holiday bargains that know not of the holy day that is to come.  So we will heed your words to keep awake, we will watch to see you and know your presence in our lives.  Come Lord Jesus and open our hearts to unexpected moments of joy.  Come and light your candles of Peace and Hope in our troubled world.  Come and set your place at our tables.  We seek to be ready.  Amen. 



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