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Pastor Ken's Korner
Christmas 2022

 

 

Pastor’s Advent-Christmas Letter: 2022

 

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Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

 

In that region, there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock

by night.  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord

shown around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them,

‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy

for all the people!”      --Luke 2:1-10 NRSV

 

     How these beautiful, cherished words have echoed over and over, the “greatest story ever told!”   Many of us, including your Pastor, prefer the poetic verses of the King James Version this time of year, with which many of us grew up as children and young adults.  Still others prefer more modern, scholarly translations known as the New International Version or the Common English Bible.  Whatever story we read and re-tell, the words are beautiful, spiritual, and magical!

 

     It matters not whether we are speaking of “shepherds” or farmers, office workers, nurses, doctors, teachers, law enforcement folks, stay-at-home parents, or any other kind of folk—the Divine message comes to each of us and to all of us!  It matters not whether we are “living in the fields” or in an apartment, a big house, a double-wide 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, what we are doing, or when we are doing it!  Whether the “Christmas” spirit comes to you at a Church School Christmas Pageant, at a special choral or instrumental concert, at a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, or while sitting around your own Christmas tree with family and friends—let the Christmas Spirit happen to you and to those around you!  The special services, celebrations and fellowship events for the balance of this month appears on your weekly bulletin insert “News & Do’s for Those in the Pews.”  We hope to see “y’all” at all of them!

 

     While this will be our last Christmas with you as your Pastor and his wife, the Church and the ministry of Jesus Christ. goes on.  Your new Pastor in July of 2023 will bring new insight, new blessings, and a renewed commitment to our calling to “make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”

 

     As students in this year’s Confirmation Class light another Advent Wreath candle each week during our Sunday Worship, let us truly feel the hope, love, peace, and joy that comes from being spiritually and emotionally at the Manger!  Accept this first and greatest Christmas Gift of the Baby Jesus as your own.  Hold it tightly to your heart as if it was yours, and yours alone!  Yet, have in your heart the love of this same Jesus—and give that same Christmas Gift to everyone you meet!

 

     Sylvia joins me in wishing each of you a most blessed and Spirit-filled Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous New Year for you and for our Church as well!

 

“To God be the glory; Great things God has done!”

 

                                                                                       Pastor Ken

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