At Kitchen Kettle Village we often hear from guests about their experience when they visit us. This summer I got a very special note from Rev. Roger Newton, pastor emeritus, Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Mercy Health Systems.
Rev. Newton shared his Christmas Eve sermon with me where he talks about “thin places”. As we look toward the busy holiday season approaching, I wanted to share his words about his experience on a particular Saturday last December. Rev. Newton was able to experience the true meaning of love on that day.
Thin places are where you can experience the presence and the power and the love of God more intimately than anywhere else. On the Saturday before Christmas, 2013, Kitchen Kettle Village became an even thinner place for me as my family and I experienced the presence of God very powerfully in the music of two magnificent choral groups. I initially regretted that I didn’t get the names of the choirs, but now I realize that it is sufficient to identify them as God’s singers. The first ensemble, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm made me want to worship and sing praise to God with dancing and raised hands. The second ensemble, a chamber choir, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm made me want to fall on my knees and thank God for the heavenly harmonies with which He blesses both the sacred and the secular joys of Christmas. The Village was very “thin” that day.
Written by Joanne Ladley