Schedule of Services
Sunday Morning Worship
9:00 AM Adult Sunday School
10:00 AM Holy Eucharist
About Vicar Jon Hermes
Jon Hermes is a priest in the Diocese of East Tennessee
and serves St. Timothy's Kingsport.  He is a bi-vocational
priest who is employed as a branch manager at a local
community bank.  In addition to pastoring Saint Timothy's,
Jon assists the ETSU campus ministry as well as the
other ministries of the Episcopal Church of Kingsport.  
For fun Jon enjoys time with family and friends, and the
off-road adventures of riding his dirt bike.
Saint Timothy's Episcopal Church
2152 Hawthorne Street; Kingsport, TN 37664  
Saint Timothy's.
From the Vicar . . .

What comes to mind when you think of a ‘wilderness?’  Is it deep in the woods where one could get
lost if you were not careful?  Is it a desert wilderness with dunes and hot sand?  Is it the Wal-Mart
parking lot during busy times?  Many images may come to mind when you consider what a
‘wilderness’ is.  

Is it possible for your own home to be a ‘wilderness?’  A place, at times, of detachment and isolation
from community and promise?  I think so.  It is in those times of wilderness, when we are caught up in
anxiety, fear, loss, depression, among others, that we desperately need some good news.  The

Gospel of Mark does not begin with a birth scene of Jesus as in the Matthew, nor does it begin with
a birth scene of John the Baptist as in Luke, nor does it precede creation as in John.  Rather the
Gospel of Mark begins by reaching back in time, looking on the prophets of ages past, hearing a
voice of ‘one crying out in the wilderness.’  The beginning of Mark wastes no time, as Mark often
does, is making clear the good news of Jesus Christ.

This good news is a beacon of light for those wilderness times.  Do not allow the brevity of Mark’s
first line, ‘The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,’ take away from the
awesome gift represented within it.  The prologue of Mark is all about our good news; reaching
back into the past and pointing to a hope-filled future.  I pray we all recognize that we are a people
in progress, being continually blessed and shaped by God even, or perhaps especially, when we
are in those wilderness places.