Welcome to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Bristol, TN/VA!
Each Sunday we are gathered together to receive the gifts that Jesus Christ Himself
has given unto the Church. We receive forgiveness of sins through Holy Absolution,
we are taught and given power through His Word as it is proclaimed and we are fed
by Christ Himself through His own body and blood at the Sacrament of the Altar.
We gather every Sunday at 10:00 AM for Bible Study for the adults and Sunday School
for the children, then at 11:00 AM for Divine Service.
Please Join us for Bible Study and Worship this Sunday.
If you would like more information about joining our congregation,
please contact Pastor Aaron Kangas, by emailing him at email@example.com or contacting
him at (276) 791-4744. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my
spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Dear Friends and Members of Holy Trinity Lutheran;
By the time you have read this, you will most likely have heard Christmas (and secular
winter holiday) music on the radio and in stores for the past several weeks. This
music will continue to surround us until December 25, and then it will mostly disappear.
In the church we generally do not sing Christmas music and hymns until Christmas
Eve or just before, because we recognize and observe the first part of December as
a time of preparation and waiting called Advent. This is strange to a world that
wants its way right now, but part of the Christmas celebration is to understand and
appreciate that the birth of Jesus Christ had been an event waited for since the
time of Adam and Eve. The Old Testament saints had been waiting and wondering when
the Messiah, the promised anointed Savior would come. They had waited from generation
to generation for thousands of years. Then at the right time (His Time) God sent
His angel, Gabriel to announce that the time of fulfillment had come. He came first
to Zechariah, to announce the miraculous birth of the prophet who would prepare the
way for the Savior. This was John the Baptist. Then Gabriel appeared to the Virgin
Mary and announced to her that she had been chosen to bear God in the flesh. Both
babies were born, both fulfilled the plan and purpose for which they were born. John
was born to announce the time of the Messianic age, and Jesus was born to fulfill
it in His life, death, resurrection, and the promise of His coming again. We rejoice
with the Old testament believers that Christ was and is the Messiah, but now we of
the New Testament church wait for the final fulfillment of Christ's return even as
we celebrate His first coming at Christmas.
This Advent season during our midweek services we will be looking at and meditating
upon the songs recorded in Luke chapter 1 and 2, the songs of Mary, Zechariah, and
Simeon. They all rejoiced to see the day of Jesus Christ's first coming and much
of their songs of praise to God apply to us as we rejoice in Christ's birth, but
also as we wait for His triumphant final return. Please join us as we hear and sing
the songs of faithful praise and prayer as we rejoice in the forgiveness of our sins
accomplished in Jesus Christ, but also as we wait and watch for His final coming
when He shall bring to full consummation the promises of His redemption and resurrection.