Affiliations

Affiliations

Trinity is one of over 11,000 congregations of the Presbyterian Church (USA), claiming the heritage of the Reformed Tradition, confessing the sovereignty of God, and the unity of the Trinity. We are called as a church to glorify God in the proclamation of the Word and in the administration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. Our identity and our work as a church are drawn from the Scriptures and the creeds of confessions of the Reformed Church.

A basic tenet of Presbyterian Church (USA) government is that decisions are made by councils composed of ministers and ordained lay people (called Elders). The word “Presbyterian” comes from a Greek word meaning “elder.” At the national level, decisions are made by the General Assembly to discern the will of Christ concerning the beliefs and policies of the Church and to have oversight over national and international missions. At the local level, Presbyterian ministers and churches are accountable to a Presbytery, an organization of all the PC (USA) congregations in a limited geographical area. Meetings of the various presbyteries are held regularly to give approval to pastors who are called to service, to organize cooperation among congregations, and to work on new church development. Several presbyteries form a Synod for the purpose of supporting Presbyterian colleges, orphanages, and retirement homes.

Trinity Presbyterian Church is a congregation belonging to the Flint River Presbytery  www.flintriverpresbytery.org,  the Synod of the South Atlantic, and the Presbyterian Church (USA). http://www.pcusa.org/.

Church Events

We hope to see you in worship for the 3rd Sunday of Advent tomorrow at 11am ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday, 16 December 2018
The Colors and Traditions of Advent
John 1:4 - The word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Christmas is the celebration and observance of the birth of Christ. Such a wonderful event calls for rejoicing, anticipation, preparation, bright lights, and happy gatherings. It also calls for reverence, reflection, and a deep sense of awe.
Christmas is such a huge event that we anticipate the day for weeks in advance. That period of time is called “Advent” which simply means “coming” or “arrival” and is the beginning of the Church year. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve.
The purpose of Jesus’ coming into the world and dwelling among us is to reveal God and His grace to the world through Jesus’ life and teaching, but also through his suffering, death and resurrection. To indicate this emphasis, originally Advent was a time of penitence and fasting, much as the season of Lent and so shared the purple color of Lent. In recent times, however, Advent has undergone a shift in emphasis. The penitential aspect of the Season has been almost totally replaced by an emphasis on hope and anticipation. Some churches use bright blue in lieu of purple to distinguish the Season of Advent from Lent.
Christians over the centuries have decorated their churches in special “greening of the church” observances and hold special Advent wreath candle lighting ceremonies on the Sundays leading up to Christmas.
The circular Advent Wreath reminds us that God and his mercy has no beginning or end. The evergreens represent new or renewed life. The candles symbolize that God is the light of the world that comes into the darkness of our lives to bring newness, life, and hope. It also reminds us that we ourselves are called to be a light to the world as we reflect the light of God’s grace to others. The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves can symbolize the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ. The flame of each new candle reminds worshippers that something is happening, and that more is yet to come. Finally, the light that has come into the world is plainly visible as the white Christ candle in the center of the wreath is lighted at Christmas and worshippers rejoice over the fact that the promise of long ago has been realized.
Today is the third Sunday of Advent and the pink or rose candle in the Advent wreath will be lit. The rose candle is also called the “Joy” candle and it comes out of the history of Advent. In earlier times the season of Advent had a much stronger penitential aspect, and a relaxation of disciplines including breaking of the Advent fast was offered on the third Sunday of Advent. The Advent fast was broken in anticipation of the great event to come and to signify Joy at the soon to be birth of Christ. This is reflected in the theme of rejoicing and the shift of candle color from Purple to rose.
The focus is joy whether thinking of the impending nativity of Jesus, the joy of the Magi worshipping the new found King, or the Shepherds’ joy of the news proclaimed to them, and their adoration of the child in the manger.
Prayer: Dear Lord, may each of us light the candle of Joy and Hope in our hearts today and strive to bring the joy and hope of God’s grace to others every day. Amen.
~ An Advent Gift from Roberta Boyd
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