Notes from the Pastor

  Rev. Dr. Noah Panlilio was appointed pastor of Malta and Northwest Malta Churches effective July 1, 2013. Pastor Noah grew up in Manila, the capital city of the Republic of the Philippines and started as a student pastor after graduating from the university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. He then continued on to seminary for a Master’s Degree in Divinity and Doctor of Ministry Degree. He has been a pastor in the United Methodist Church over 32 years serving in the city of Manila and Northwestern District of Chicago. Pastor Noah has one daughter, Reanna Grace.

  PASTOR NOAH’S DECEMBER MESSAGE

This December issue of our newsletter, I would like to introduce the person whom we acknowledge as the cornerstone of our faith and our Christian church, his name is JESUS the CHRIST. I thought I could say a lot of things about him because I have experienced him in my life in so many ways as my Lord and Savior. I am positively sure that you also experienced the same. However, I would just like simply to share with you a portion of one of my favorite song that talks about the name of JESUS, that there is something about that name. It goes like this; JESUS, the mere mention of his name can calm a storm, heal the broken hearted, the sick, raised the dead. At the name of JESUS, I’ve seen sin-hardened men and women melted, derelicts transformed, the lights of hope put back into the eyes of a hopeless child… At the name of JESUS, hatred and bitterness turn to love and forgiveness, arguments cease. I’ve heard a mother softly breathe his name at the bedside of a child delirious from fever, and I’ve watched that little body grow quiet and the fevered brow cool. I’ve sat beside a dying saint, her body racked with pain, who in those final fleeting seconds summoned her last ounce of ebbing strength to whisper earth’s sweetest name—JESUS, JESUS… Emperors have tried to destroy it; philosophies have tried to stamp it out. Tyrants have tried to wash it from the face of the earth with the very blood of those who claimed it. Yet it still stands. And there shall be that final day when every voice that has ever uttered a sound—every voice of Adam’s race shall raise in one great mighty chorus to proclaim the name of JESUS—for in that day “every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST is Lord!!!!” Ah–so you see–it was not mere chance that cause the Angel one night long ago to say to a virgin maiden, as told in the first Christmas story, “His name shall be called “JESUS, JESUS”. You know–there something about that name…”

This Christmas season, is another way of giving thanks to God’s inexpressible gift, JESUS our Lord and Savior. Let me invite you to our wonderful opportunities to say thank you to God by joining us in our Christmas celebrations this year. Our Advent Candle lighting on the first four Sundays and our Advent studies every Wednesday evening, will have the theme On the Road to Bethlehem. Come and join us to sing Christmas carols and bring the Christmas cheer to the residents of Oakcrest retirement community on Dec. 16 at 2p.m. A Family Christmas Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship on the 24th. Please take note of the time schedules of all these wonderful opportunities to give our gratitude to God’s unconditional love in Christ Jesus who was and who is the reason for this season.  From myself and Reanna, may the message of love and peace on earth of Christmas be yours!

To God be the Glory on the highest heaven, peace and goodwill to all!

Because of Jesus!
+Pastor Noah