Saint Timothy's Episcopal Church
2152 Hawthorne Street; Kingsport, TN 37664
Phone: (423) 247 - 3992
Email: Saint Timothy's.
Schedule of Services
Sunday Morning Worship
9:00 AM Adult Sunday School
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
There are four ‘advent’ candles, one for each Sunday leading to Christmas and a fifth candle,
the ‘Christ candle’ for Christmas day. The four Sunday candles are usually tapers. There are
variations in the coloring of the candles, often there are three purple and one pink candle.
Occasionally, all of the candles are purple. The central candle is usually a large white pillar candle.
The purple represents repentance. The pink symbolizes joy. The central candle is called the
Christ candle and is not lit until Christmas day. When you light the candle it is customary to
read a few verses of scripture that relate to meaning of the candle. Often the person who
lights the candle recites a short statement of belief and faith as the candle is lit and then
everyone unites in prayer.
The Third Candle (The Candle of Joy)
The third candle indicates that the only lasting Joy to be found in life on earth is through Christ.
All other joy is fleeting and does not last.
We begin this third week of Advent asking to feel the joy that comes from knowing our Lord's
coming to us is near. In these precious days ahead, we are praying, longing, hoping in the
background of our everyday lives.
His mission is to the poor, the brokenhearted, prisoners and captives. His mission is for us.
It is “good news,” full of healing, liberty and release. We can smile today as we imagine the
freedom he has won for us and how liberating it will be to live it, with him, for others. It is right
to give our God thanks and praise.
God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
O God, who see how your people
faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity,
enable us, we pray,
to attain the joys of so great a salvation,
and to celebrate them always
with solemn worship and glad rejoicing.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. AMEN