DIVAS for Christ (Divinely, Inspired, Virtuous and Victoriously Anointed Sisters) presented a beautiful Advent candle lighting prayer breakfast on Saturday, December 15th at Hotel Louisville honoring the homeless women at Wayside Christian Mission with a warm meal and HUGS - Hats, Undergarments, Gloves, Slippers, and Socks.
Rev. Dr. Altonnette Hawkins, President and Founder of DIVAS for Christ opened the program with welcome and history of organization. Rev. Mary Frances Stiner, First Gethsemane Baptist Church shared on the royal significance of the color purple. Rev. Sherrie Miller, Quinn Chapel AME Church, offered Prayer for Homeless and the Blessing of the Food.
Five ministers from various churches and denominations from around Kentucky participated in the lighting of the Advent candles of hope, peace, joy, love, and the Christ candle, Rev. Syvoskia Bay-Pope, Rev. Mary Francis Stiner, Minister Cassandra Harris-Gray, Minister Angela Lee Price, and Rev. Dr. Kathy Goodwin respectively. They each spoke of the significance of their candle and prayed a brief prayer.
Rev. Ton'ya Triplett and psalmist Julia Royston, both of St. Stephen Church, ministered in song. Rev. Amariah McIntosh, Pastor, Phillips Memorial CME Church, Lexington, Kentucky preached a moving and uplifting sermon on Mary the mother of Jesus stating that women were blessed and highly favored of the Lord. Pastor McIntosh ministered in song as well. Also, included was a "Shop Around" Meet the Vendors segment that allowed vendors to share briefly about their hand-crafted, and one-of-a-kind items.
Jesus Saves Ministries' founder Min. Angela Lee Price lit the candle of Love stating, "We lit the candles of Hope, Peace and Joy. Now we light the fourth Advent candle, the candle of love which is also purple. We light the candle of Love as we remember that Christ will come again and bring us everlasting peace and joy. It's light is meant to remind us of the love that God has for us. Jesus shows us God's perfect love. He is God's love in human form. The Bible says that "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful or conceited, rude or selfish. Love is not quick to take offense, it keeps no records of wrongs, it does not gloat over other people's troubles, but rejoices in the right, the good, and the true. There is nothing that love cannot face, there is no limit to its faith, to its hope, to its endurance. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8). We light this candle of LOVE today to remind us of how God's perfect love is found in Jesus.
Heavenly Father, Lord, thank you for loving us so much that You sent Your Son, Jesus to die for our sins. Father, forgive us for the times we have failed to love as You have commanded. Your Word reminds us, "If I gave everything to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing." Help us to love You faithfully. Help us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves (Romans 13:9). For You have said in Your Word, "Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13). In Jesus Name, Amen."
DIVAS for Christ is a global Christ-centered women's ministry network focused on self-care awareness and support. In 2001, Divas for Christ was birth as an ecumenical women's ministry network. Since then, it has evolved from the traditional women's ministry model to an international online women's ministry network with over 1500 members. "We believe that before we can effectively serve and care forothers, we must first care for ourselves. Jesus is our perfect model of self-care found in Mark 1:35," stated Dr. Hawkins.Click on picture in Smilebox to enlarge photo.
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