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An invitation to prayer - Christmas 2021


The season of Advent, leading into Christmas, is almost upon us. Advent feels particularly relevant this year. During Advent we hold a tension. We recognise the world as it is; the fact that brokenness exists, and we say with David (Psalm 13:1) ‘How long O Lord?’ We look towards a time when the cry of ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done’ is realised in full. It’s a time where we recognise the value of waiting and preparing.


And when the tension of the wait feels like it’s too much, the celebration of Christmas bursts in. God breaks in, giving Himself. The journey of Advent teaches us to be hopeful realists. Realists, because we truly see the world; we don’t shy away from the tough stuff. Hopeful, because we remember what God has done; we celebrate that God is present among us and we look forward to the fullness of God’s work.


This year, with the discombobulation of COVID, what better time to embrace Advent and Christmas. Let’s pray for our audiences and those we work alongside. And let’s pray as people who see the need, yet also as people with a relentless hope.


Arohanui,


Rev Frank Ritchie



The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.”

Mark 1:3


We praise God for

  • a new podcast opportunity with MediaWorks

  • our privileged access to Newstalk ZB’s airwaves each week and Christmas Eve/Christmas Day

  • Julia Bloore’s willingness to become a CBA board member

  • the technology which allows us to continue working efficiently and creating compelling content throughout lockdowns

We pray for

  • our listeners! May their hearts be touched by our programmes.

  • God’s guidance in our Christmas planning, that we create programmes that engage our listeners’ hearts and minds with the true message of Christmas

  • our presenters – for Holy Spirit inspiration as they broadcast nationwide

  • a clear vision for 2022

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.”

- Hamilton Wright Mabie



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