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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



December 2019



Believing, Catching the Joy, Hope, and Peace

            Just when you think you’ve heard it all, seen it all and done it all the Lord God comes along and knocks your socks off.   Now people living 2,000 + years ago probably wouldn’t have used those words, but I’m sure that’s how they felt, when for the first time, they experienced John the Baptist and the One whose way he was preparing. 

            Take time today to stop and think about the first time you really heard the story of Jesus, that it suddenly made sense.  And then if you will, consider – the difference Jesus’ love has made in you over time; and what the things are, that give you hope today. 

            A world at peace, justice and righteousness, equitable sharing of resources – all these are part of the vision of God’s kingdom.  (Is. 11)   In Jesus we discover the ‘how’ of doing our part; through God’s love and grace we find forgiveness and a new start; and having found them, we are changed; we love others because we’ve experienced God’s love and grace ourselves. Those are changes that knock our socks off, that set our hearts to singing, fill us with joy, and cause us to want the whole world to know. 

     Discover, and rediscover the Good News of Jesus' birth in our hearts.  Come and worship, sing the carols, reconnect.  Find the vision that sustains, the spark of light that grows within.  And "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" this Christmas season.  -Pastor Rhonda

Merry Christmas 2019





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