St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Sunday December 2nd began the season of Advent, the four weeks

preceding Christmas. Advent is a gift to us, to help us to mindfully step back

and take a break from the siren call of advertisers and the world that tells

us all the things we HAVE to do before Christmas. Let’s face it, it can get

rather frenetic.

One of the means of counting down the weeks until Christmas is the

Advent wreath that you’ll see at church. There are a number of ways to

look at the symbolism of the candles on the Advent wreath. Here is but

one: The first candle is the prophecy candle. This reminds us of the

prophets, especially Isaiah, who foretold the coming of the Messiah. Hope

or expectation in the anticipation of the coming Messiah is represented by

this first candle.

The second candle is the Bethlehem candle, symbolizing Jesus’ birth in

Bethlehem. “This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in

bands of cloth and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

The third candle is the Shepherds candle and it represents joy. “In that

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

flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory

of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 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: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a

Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:8-11).

The fourth candle is the Angels candle. This represents peace and is lit on

the last Sunday of Advent. “13 And suddenly there was with the angel a

multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in

the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’”

(Luke 2:13-14).

Another tool to help us count down the days of Advent toward Christmas is

the Advent calendar. This tradition goes back to the mid nineteenth century.

These calendars come in all sizes and styles. At church we have

Advent calendars for your family. Please take one.

Take time to enjoy your friends and family and most of all, to remember

what this season is truly about. As we work our way toward Bethlehem and

our Savior’s birth, remember that God gave us the greatest gift of all when

he sent his Son to redeem us.

May you have a blessed Advent and

Christmas from our family to yours.

Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

December 2018

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