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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 2017          

...some men who studied the stars came from the East to Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the baby born to be the King of the Jews?  We saw the star when it came up in the East, and we have come to worship him."  And so they left, and on their way they saw the same star they had seen in the East.  When they saw it, how happy they were, what joy was theirs!  It went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.                                                 Matthew 2:1b-2, 9-19 TEV

Christmas Memory

     As they sat around the table the women shared memories of Christmas when they were children.  I thought surely there'd be no mention of Santa, but no, there were several memories of Dads going to great lenghts to instill the wonder of seeing hoof prints on the roof or hearing sleigh bells; of Moms disappearing into chilly parlors to work on hand-crafted gifts for Christmas morning. 

     In the warm fellowship of that gathering came this Christmas memory- "The night of the Sunday School Christmas program, after all the 'pieces' had been said and the skit performed, carols were sung as the older kids handed out gifts to all the children from their teachers.  That year for the girls, it was a charming little metal tea set.

     Having been the kindergarten angel who shone the flashlight on the manger bed, I was very taken with all I'd seen and heard, especially the part about the wise men who traveled hundreds of miles following the star to find the 'baby born to be King of the Jews.'

     Later that night at home, looking out the window into the night sky came the realization that the bright evening star I was looking at, was the very same star that had been shining at the time of the wise men.  Even today it is a 'Star of Wonder, star of light, star with royal bright, westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light.' 

     We still live under those same stars; the light still shines to guide us.  Even though the world may feel unsettled and us a bit unsure, God is in heaven and holds us in his hands.  Look to the light of Christ Immanuel- 

god with us, and like the wise men following the light to the newborn king- come and worship!

May you and yours have an especially Blessed and Joyful Christmas, 

                     Pastor Rhonda


December's Scripture Passages  

December 3rd - Hope of the Prophets -  Jerimiah 29:11-14

December 10th - Light of the Angel - Love - Luke 1:26-38

December 17th - Joy of the Shepherds - Luke 2:8-20

December 24th - Wonder of the Wise Men - Peace - Matthew 2:1-12

Christmas Eve - Christmas Miracle - Luke 2:1-7

December 31st - Student Sunday - Luke 2:22-40


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