St. Timothy Lutheran Church

It is hard to wait for something or someone, isn’t it? Sometimes we are

so excited and so full of anticipation, we feel like we’ll burst if

something doesn’t happen soon. Other times, we work hard to get to

someplace on time—only to wait for a very long time before we are seen.

The time of Advent is all about waiting. God gave signs to the people

concerning the messiah. The first Sunday of Advent gives us a wake-up

call that Christ is coming soon. Matthew did not mean that the birth of

Christ would be soon, but that our glorious king would come in


We then hear of the ministry of John the Baptist for the second week of

Advent. John’s call to repentance came just before the beginning of

Jesus’ public ministry. On the third Sunday, we hear more joy and

anticipation of the amazing work of God on all creation.

For the fourth Sunday of Advent, we have Isaiah’s prophecy about a

young woman bearing a child who will be named Emmanuel. In the

gospel, we have the promised coming of Christ.

I have been waiting for a while, nearly a year, to have surgery on my

back. It has not been an easy wait, but one of pain, frustration and

wondering if the surgery would ever be scheduled. However, there is

light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not an oncoming train! It seems we

have gone through all the hoops and that in a short time we’ll have the

surgery scheduled. Thanks be to God for giving us his grace to wait.

At this time of year, it is difficult to step back, slow down and wait.

Advent calls us out of the rat race into God’s peace. We are to step back

to see the entire scene before us. Before we know it, Christmas Eve

arrives and we celebrate the most important birth of all, that of our Lord

Jesus Christ.

Best wishes to you all for a wonderful, Spirit-filled celebration of our

Lord. From our house to yours, Merry Christmas and may you have a

blessed New Year!

Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

December 2016

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