Advent 3

Advent is a reminder that we are looking forward to the birth of Jesus, the Messiah - the one who came to show us what God is like. It’s a reminder that God reaches out to us, in our place and time, to show us how much we are loved. Unexpectedly it tells us that God reaches out to all people regardless of who they are or what they have done – which is why this is a such a story of great joy to all people everywhere.

As we count down the days will we focus on this news of great joy or will our attention be drawn to the expectations of our society to spend money and purchase more gifts? I hope this year you may find time to discover the joy of Christmas in the simple story of the birth of a child – God come to earth in human form to show us we are loved.

This Sunday We head to Mathew’s story of Jesus and some of the names mentioned in Jesus list of ancestors.  We’ll be focussing on the names of five women who make that list – five quite unusual people who each have a story to tell.  This week we will hear the story of Ruth.

Christmas Carols – Join us on Christmas eve from 7pm to sing Christmas Carols and hear again the story of Christmas. This will be a fun family event.

Mainly Music this coming Wednesday. This is our last event for the year. Mainly Music will restart Wednesday 10 February 2021. If you have small children feel free to join us.

Small Groups Contact the church if you would like to join one.

Oh and for those who are unable to join us we will still have an on-air service for you @10.30am and again @ 8pm on Thursday evening on Coast Access Radio 104.7FM or you can livestream at

http://coastaccessradio.org.nz/Listen/index.aspx  The message and prayers will also be posted to the sermon page on this website.

If at this time you need someone to chat with then please call the church office 04 2987766 or email office@pb.org.nz and we’ll get back to you.

And we are also on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/paraparaumubaptist

Grace and peace