In the final week before Christmas I reflect back to the recent confirmation service where the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, asked the gathered congregation to look afresh at repentance. In fact he told us to see the turning round of repentance was simply look at every situation, and God’s kingdom in a new way.
Christianity has at its foundation a reassessment of the worldly to the extent that we run contrary to the world. Bishop Nick mentioned John the Baptist’s call and Israel’s expectation. Repentance: new eyes revealed not in a conquering king but a helpless baby. Not a winnowing fire, but a breath of a child.
So what will I see with new eyes today?
Father in this season where we await a birth of something familiar but then something completely radical, help me see with radical eyes: not just those in need, but those who can be aided by me; not just the lonely, but my companion; not just the sick but the beloved by you. And all in Jesus name. Amen.
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Friday 2 December
Sunday will focus this week of reflection at Huddersfield Parish Church particularly. The Bishop of our Diocese of Leeds, Nick Baines, who contributed yesterday’s reflection, will confirm candidates during the main morning service. There will be call to repentance and some self examination with wonderful references to Jesus life and ministry, his death and resurrection.
The words and actions, the whole sacrament itself is a moment in the life of St. Peter’s who everyone present will be called afresh.
Called afresh, now that is an advent theme!
Lord, as we sing ‘New every morning is the love, our waking and uprising prove,’ help us to live as those called afresh each day. In this newness guide me to share this state with others this day. Amen
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So tomorrow is Advent Sunday and if you have looked at each of the ‘thoughts’ for this week you have in some way prepared for tomorrow.
The address may well be like ‘bingo’ as you listen to the themes and thoughts of the service and specifically the sermon.
Give a little thought then to the news this week and perhaps come offering issues into God’s presence in your church. What weighs you down? Come prepared to leave them at the foot of the cross and in the sphere of Jesus presence. Come in an understanding that the Holy Spirit has been with you this week as you have given time to God.
Heavenly Father, I give you thanks for the time I have spent in your presence this week and for your Spirit’s presence as I move towards worship tomorrow. Let your grace rest within each person and situation I carry into Holy Space, in Jesus name. Amen
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