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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


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Pastor’s Corner 

“What’s your favorite part of the Christmas story?”

            For me, it’s the wisemen; right after Mary and the baby Jesus, is the wisemen. Perhaps you’re intrigued by the Magi as well, and wonder as I do –

Who were they? How many were there really? How large was their entourage? Where did they go after finding Mary and Joseph and the child?   What did they tell others about their journey?

            Matthew 2 tells us all we know of them, saying:   …wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, & have come to pay him homage.” … When they had heard the king, they set out; & there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; & they knelt down & paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gold, frankincense, & myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.       Matthew 2:1b-2, 9-12 NRSV

            There were 3 gifts, so we surmise there were at least 3 wise men; In the Christmas play, Amahl and the Night Visitors, they’re called Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. We can tell they truly were wise men, who followed God, for they paid attention to God’s warning in a dream and weren’t tricked by Herod. The Magi from the East cause us to wonder, to see a bigger picture.

            Again this Christmas season may we like the wise men make our way to Jesus; May we, like them, follow the star & walk in the light of Christ the Lord.


            Wishing you the most joyous Christmas and all the blessings of God’s love,

                        Pastor Rhonda                                                                      Christmas 2021

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