God loves you. If you ever doubt that, look in the manger. God is in the manger.
God hates sin. If you ever doubt that, look at the cross. God is on the cross.
God loves you. God hates sin. Jesus reconciles the two.
“Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” Even when the world is in turmoil we can have peace and be at peace. For the believer he himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:13). He will someday make all things new but on the night of Christ’s birth everything profoundly and immediately changed.
One of these pics was taken during the recent snowfall. The other was taken the next day after the sun came out. If you had to pick just one for the cover of the Unity Baptist Facebook page, which would you choose? Answer in the comment section here or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/UBCPlainville. (The cover image has changed but your vote still counts.)
Advent traditions vary but if you have three purple candles and one that is pink, that brightly colored candle is lit on the third Sunday of Advent. The angels brought good tidings of great joy to a small group of shepherds near Bethlehem. The story of the shepherds is a good example of how receiving and sharing the Gospel works.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Join us Sunday, December 24th at 4 pm for a special Christmas Eve service. We will have our regular Sunday School and morning worship service at 10:00 and 11:00 respectively. But instead of the regular evening services we will have a special gathering at 4 pm to sing together, read scripture and light the Christ candle in our Advent wreath. The service will be short, scriptural and share the Gospel. We will get in out in plenty of time for a Christmas Eve dinner with family.
Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Lighting the Bethlehem Candle reminds us of the faith of Joseph and Mary. Joseph did as the angel commanded. Mary declared herself to be the servant of the Lord and added “let it be as you have said.” We don’t know what their families said or how their neighbors felt, but we can speculate a lot of things. The young couple were faithful and obedient and were greatly blessed for it. Faith is more than belief, it is belief that leads to action. An “act of faith” requires a response.
We celebrate Hope on the first Sunday of Advent and light the Prophets’ candle. There are many scriptures that promise a Messiah and give different clues to help recognize him when he comes. Today we will begin in Deuteronomy with the promise of another prophet like Moses.
*It has come to my attention that we have started Advent a week early. I take full responsibility. There is nothing to be done about it now but continue on the course we have set and have a Christmas service on Dec. 24th. We are already planning a Christmas Eve service on the 24th at 4 pm and invited any and all to join us for that.
Sometimes there are five Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Who knew?
And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. -Acts 11:26c NKJV
This sermon concludes our series on the early church. From the ascension of Christ in Acts 1 and the Day of Pentecost, through introductions of Stephen, Phillip and Saul, wrapping up with the Gentiles receiving not only the Gospel but also the Holy Spirit. There’s a lot of good stuff in there. If I preached a good sermon it’s because God gave us a lot of good stuff to work with.
Advent refers to the appearing of something. During the season of Advent we prepare for the incarnation, for Jesus to appear as God with us. Each of the four Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas has a theme, such as Hope or Faith, and we light the candles of the Advent wreath. We light a candle for the Prophets, for shepherds, for angels and for Joseph and Mary.
If you are frustrated with the commercialization of Christmas, the focus on stuff, or concerned that your family is missing the point – or that you have been – then join us to celebrate Advent. We can hang lights and give presents while also taking time to focus on the most important gift ever given.