Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12
Tuesday 7th March
The end of the Genesis reading has Abram going as the Lord had told him. It is hard to discern God’s calling for us, it is difficult to work out which is God’s voice from among the clamour. But are we willing to change direction to respond to God? To change our life-style, our career, our priorities, our life-long habits? Are you being called to live out God’s grace in a different way? Maybe some are being called as readers or clergy, or to serve in other less formal roles. And remember, you are never too old, Abram was 75 years old when he, “went as the Lord had told him.”
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Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11
Monday 27 February
How on earth to get through Lent without bragging or wearing a badge saying ‘I am a Lent martyr!’
Look at the model of Jesus himself.His wilderness experience was focussed at each point on God. Jesus deflects the call to test God or look towards self or something else as divine.
This Lent may you keep focussed on God’s call to salvation now and on into the future.
Prayer: My Lord Jesus, you fasted forty days in the wilderness, you were tempted as we are and you prevailed. This Lent give me a portion of that grace to be obedient to your Spirit. Lord, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save. Amen
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Saturday 17 December
I return to hope again and its fundamental part of our preparation for Christmas.
We have a pattern in Mary of what is possible. Mary wasn’t chosen for her status, her intelligence or even her holiness. Mary was ‘overshadowed’ because of her hope that stood outside the boundaries of convention and society.
Hope in God the Father of Mary’s forebears, hope in Jesus, the answer to our desire for God close and the Holy Spirit, the hope of presence still. These are the themes of hope demonstrated in nativity scenes and carols describing closeness, closeness in this baby born to Mary.
May I say that, all my hope on God is founded; it is he who renews my trust. Me, through change and chance, he guides. For only He is good and true. For it is God unknown, he alone calls my heart to be his own. 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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28th January 2015
Jesus was an unlikely Messiah, with his background.
That’s the whole point.
Nathanael equally seemed an unlikely disciple, with his prejudice and his preconceptions.
Yet, God uses unlikely people in the service of the kingdom, now as ever, whether it’s a boy Samuel, a shepherd David, a reluctant Moses, a runaway Jonah… or us.
God knows us, with our weaknesses as well as our strengths, sees our potential and calls us, either directly or through friends like Philip who wouldn’t take no for an answer?
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church