Church History

Church History

In late 1984, the Presbytery of Southwest Georgia (which in 1988 became the Flint River Presbytery) selected the Rev. Mr. William D. (Biff) Coker as the organizing pastor of a new church development in the northeastern section of Valdosta.

The first worship service was held in the Godfrey Center on Bemiss Road on December 2, 1984. Trinity was chartered and constituted with 107 members on December 8, 1985. Dr. David Lee Johnson became the Director of Music and his wife Susan the pianist in September 1986.

 Members worshipped for the first time in the new church building on the current property on February 8, 1987, and the church has continued to grow in membership, service, and physical facilities.

On November 2, 2003, the congregation approved the terms of call of its second pastor, the Rev. Mr. Richard C. Hart, who began his ministry with Trinity Presbyterian Church on February 1, 2004.

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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