The Pastor's Voice

My prayer is that you had had a very Thankful Thanksgiving. This year I had more to thank God for than ever in my life. With Jesus, every day is greater than the day before. 
 
It has been many months since I have communicated with you in the PV. Our church has experienced much and we are the better for it. Let me just shout a
BIG THANK YOU JESUS for:
 
A successful Diaconate and Trustee day where we consecrated Bro. Warren Norris as a Deacon, and consecrated both Sis. Sonya Norris and Sis. Ellie Charley as Deaconesses, and installed Bro. Dashawn Bristol as a Trustee.
 
Our 49th Church Anniversary (Homecoming) was historical. We witnessed for the first time in our church history the ordination of Rev. Ruthanne Darby, the licensing of Minister Troy Meade, and the commissioning of Bro. Dashawn Bristol all on the same day. Whew! All of that in August!
 
I am so EXCITED!!!  I want us to be prepared for our GREAT CELLEBRATIONS of ADVENT and the approaching New Year. With that in mind let me say "Merry Christmas" and focus our attention towards a very peaceful and prosperous New Year. The New Year always causes me to reflect on the many blessings God has given me. Many of us have suffered with various sicknesses, experienced financial difficulties, and various trials and tribulations. Yet at the end of the day, God is still God! He is still in control and we will raise our hands and say yes to the sovereign will of God.
 
The New Year also provides me an opportunity to experience a fresh start and to anticipate renewed blessings from the SON. In the spirit of newness I would encourage each of you to remember and to be a part of a long-standing tradition at Timothy; that is the celebration of
FIRST FRUITS

Please begin praying now as to how you are going to participate.  I have found the Lord has honored the desires of my heart. I wanted to give and He provided the way for me to give. Deut 8:18 says: "And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

 Will you give during the month of January?  Will you have the privilege and opportunity to experience the benefits of
FIRST FRUITS

I want to also ask you to get READY!  Excitement is in the air. This coming Church Anniversary in August will be our year of JUBILEE. Rev. Hardy and I will lead this great event but we cannot do it by ourselves.
We need you Please let either of us know your willingness to be on the JUBILEE TEAM!  Let's Celebrate!
 
Let's celebrate the Lord with our First Fruits,

Rev. Dr. Larry Green Sr., Pastor

Happy Thanksgiving!
 
"May your stuffing be tasty, may your turkey be plump, may your potatoes 'n gravy have nary a lump.  May your yams be delicious, may your pies take the prize, may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off your thighs." -  CJ Beaman

Pastor and 1st Lady want to wish you, your families, and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving. Our prayer is that you will relax and enjoy this holiday season!

Why These Lights?
 
"If your face shine upon us then we shall be safe." - Psalm 80:4
 
The four candles of the Advent wreath indicate four weeks of waiting, of course, but why use candles as the symbol for the passage of time? Why not add a flower to a vase each week or turn the hand of a clock instead of lighting a candle?
 
The use of light reminds us that Emmanuel (God with us) came as a shining radiance into a turbulent world, one much in need of his healing presence. In the Gospel stories it is easy to see how Jesus is filled with light. Love easily flows forth from his compassionate presence. His whole self radiates warmth and goodness. Everywhere he goes, the inner light of his God-ness, his goodness, shines out to others. No wonder people are drawn to him.
 
Holy people in literature and history are often recognized or depicted by a glow or an aura of light around them. There is something about them that draws others into their presence. This "something" is the light of God's goodness radiating forth from them. It is suggested that God kisses us on the forehead in the morning and lights "a Holy Lamp" inside our hearts. What an inspiring image for us to carry this Advent as we welcome the presence of Emmanuel each day. Every morning as we awaken, the first thing to remember is that our inner being is a lantern of God's love. This eternal flame of goodness is at the core of who we are. As this divine love permeates us, we will increasingly live as a loving reflection of Christ's light.
 
Today I will pray for the part of myself that needs God's light to
shine more fully within it. Will you join me?



THE FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT
 
Lighting a candle is a simple yet profound act. It is a testimony to the power of light over darkness. Even the light of one candle can reveal our faces as we stand near the candle. As we light the candle, we begin our journey to Christmas, a day of joy and celebration.
The first candle on the Advent wreath is called the Prophecy candle, it opens the period that anticipates Christmas and remembers those who first spoke the promise of the coming Christ child.
 
[Light one of the purple candles.]
One candle, burning bright, Chasing away the darkness from light. One candle, glowing light, the blessing of God, giving new sight.

Hear a reading from Isaiah 2:2-5:
In the last days
the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
and all nations will stream to it.
Many peoples will come and say,
"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths."
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between the nations
and will settle disputes for many peoples.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
nor will they train for war anymore.
Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
 
Let Us Pray:
God of light, place a candle in our hearts, so we may walk as children of the Light, treading gently on the paths of peace and ever ready to welcome the signs of new life. Amen.


Are You Ready?
 Sermon Focal Points | Second Sunday in Advent
 
Our scripture reading is coming from: Mark 1:4-8  
John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.
And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with a girdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.
I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
 
Are You READY?
 
1. It is better to prepare than to repair.
 
Those who have done carpentry work know that it is better to measure twice and have to only saw once. Preparation far exceeds the amount of time that you are actually in a performance, but repairing takes even longer.
 
2. Preparation today gives confidence for tomorrow.
 
3. Preparation today gives success tomorrow. Benjamin Disraeli said, "The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes."
JFK said, "The time to prepare the roof is when the sun is shining."
 
Successful preparation in any endeavor begins with knowing what you want. Then you will go to the right places; find the right people; ask the right questions; and pay the right price.
 
John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Jesus. Each one of us have been called to prepare the way for Jesus as well. Let me ask in closing, how is your preparation for life? Are you involved in repairing a lack of preparation? Perhaps you are here and you are okay, you have it down. Then you can come along side someone who is repairing. You might not have been able to answer all the question, or scored as well as you know you should, so tonight, I close with the alter of preparation, a place for you and God to come and kneel down and do some business.

Advent
Reading
Materials

Take an Advent journey of hope with these reading materials and devotional plans. Advent is simply a season of expectant waiting and preparation.
Discover that waiting is not wasting time when you're waiting on the Lord. 



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