Onaway & Millersburg UMC
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Pastor's Letter

"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."        Isaiah 9:6

 

Beloved Onaway/ Millersburg UMC families,

I bring you Christmas Greetings in the name of the Babe of Bethlehem!

 

The glorious occasion of Christmas is coming soon. Our church is also beautifully and brightly decorated all around with Christmas trees embellished by colorful lights and ornaments, blooming poinsettias, and many red, green, and white items. This holiday season always makes me so excited and joyful not only because of the lights of Christmas decoration, but owing to the real light of the world.

 

What word pops up in your mind first when you think of Christmas? Family dinner? Christmas decoration? Ham? Gifts? Snow?  Santa Claus? (It is hard to stop writing the list...all of them make me excited!) What does Christmas mean to you? There is a song I hooked during preparing Christmas Eve service, titled "Christmas Is..." According to the lyrics of this song,

Christmas is all of these fun things for sure
But, Christmas is really, oh so much more
It’s good news of hope for the whole world to because
Christmas is Jesus

 

Yes, Christmas is Jesus!!! YES! He is the reason of this season, He is the protagonist of this season, and He is the gift of this season! Yes, Christmas is Jesus. Sometimes we forget this all-important fact because there are so many fun things around us in this season. Of course, we should enjoy this season with those fun and exciting things, but we must also keep in mind the authentic and REAL meaning of this season: Jesus, in our heart.

 

When the wise men saw the star that had palpably stopped on the place where Baby Jesus was, "they were overwhelmed with joy (Matthew2:10)." I truly hope that is our heart of this season. During this wonderful Advent and Christmas season, with the iridescent Christmas lights beautifully shining all around you, not only in the church but just about everywhere, reminds us of the imminent coming of Jesus Christ, the light of the world, and of overwhelming joy due to Jesus. Yes, that is true. Jesus came to the world to bestow hope, peace, joy and love for US, yes, for YOU!

 

And, with my heart excitingly waiting for the baby Jesus, I would like remind you of our special Christmas Eve worship services. A "Christmas Eve Candle Light Service & Christmas Cantata with Living Nativity" would be held at 7 pm on December 24th in Onaway UMC. I hope that you will plan to join us for any or all of these special events! (Also, you can listen to the full-length version of the song above in Christmas Eve Service- wink, wink) 

 

May the blessings of the newborn Jesus fill you with joy this season. The babe of Bethlehem was born at Christmas, who we are waiting for, may His peace, love, and serenity descend upon you.
My husband Jung Du joins me in sending our love to you Christmas this year.

Merry Christmas!  

 

With Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love,

YooJin

 

Pastor's Challenge:

 

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." (John 3:16-17)