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Pastor Ken's Korner

 

 

 

December 13, 2021

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said unto them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to You: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” --Luke 2:8-12

 

How these familiar words have echoed over and over, “the greatest story ever told.” How many of us have heard this beautiful account hundreds of times, yet every time we hear it, it is like the very first? It matters not whether we are “shepherds” or farmers, office workers, nurses, doctors, teachers, law enforcement officers, stay-at-home parents, pastors, or any other kind of folk— this Divine message comes to each of us and to all of us, no matter our chosen career! It matters not whether we are “living in the fields” or in a big house, a small apartment, a single- or doublewide mobile home, or even in a tent—the Divine message comes to each of us and to all of us, no matter where we live! It matters not whether we are morning people, daytime people, or whether we “do-what-we-do” and go about our business by night—the Divine message comes to each of us and to all of us, regardless of time!

 

My obvious point is this: The Spirit of Christmas, which is Himself the Baby Jesus, comes to us no matter who we are, where we are, or what we’re doing! Whether Christmas comes to you during a Sunday School Christmas play (as it did for me earlier this month), at a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, or just by listening to Christmas carols or instrumental music—let the Christmas Spirit happen to you and to those around you!

 

Our thanks to our Sunday School students and staff—especially Sandra Padgett, Melissa and DeWayne Kaufholz, and Loren Lindler—for the beautiful and heart-touching Christmas Play seen during our Service of Worship on December 5 th. If you missed it, check it out on YouTube. As we light the fourth candle on our Advent Wreath this coming Sunday, let us be reminded of the hope, peace, joy and love that comes by being spiritually and emotionally at the Manger! Accept this first and greatest-of-all Christmas gift as your own. Hold it tightly to your heart as if it was yours and yours alone. Yet, have in your heart this same love of Jesus—and pass that Christmas gift to share with everyone you meet!

 

Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service of Scripture and Song will be at 5:00 PM in the Sanctuary, on December 24th. We will feature the Christmas story from Old Testament prophesy through the New Testament Gospel accounts. There will be special music by our Praise Team, Chancel Choir, guest soloists and instrumentalists. We will close the Service with the lighting of candles and the singing of “Silent Night, Holy Night.” Please bring your family, friends and neighbors as we join together to celebrate the Virgin Birth and Emmanuel’s coming.

 

Sylvia joins me in wishing a most blessed Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year for each of us, your families, and our Church. With the pandemic hopefully behind us, let us come back to our Church with new energy, passion and purpose, to continue being active and successful in the ministry of Jesus Christ for all people. The best times for Boiling Springs UMC are before us. Let us build on the legacy that has been passed down to us by all the saints who have preceded us here—that it may be said of us that we did our very best for Jesus! “To God be the glory—Great things He has done!”

 

Together in Christ, Pastor Ken

Boiling Springs United Methodist Church - PO Box 84055, Lexington, SC 29073  - (803) 894-3930 / Pastor Ken Prill (803) 873-7742