Saint Timothy's Episcopal Church
2152 Hawthorne Street; Kingsport, TN 37664  
Phone: (423) 247 - 3992
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 First Candle (The Candle of Prophecy/Hope)

The first candle is sometimes called the candle of prophecy.  It symbolizes the promises
the prophets delivered as messages from God; promises that foretold Christ’s birth. Others
consider the candle to be a symbol of the hope we have in Christ and so it is called the
Hope candle.

A Reading from the Book of Jeremiah 33: 14-15

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house
of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous
Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

Prayer: Week One

                               As we begin this Advent journey,
                               teach us to turn to You in our fear and sorrow.
                               We don't want to keep making our hearts hard against you,
                               turning deaf ears to your invitation.
                               Only you can help us to soften,
                               to be like the clay in your gentle potter's hands.