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Go Do Likewise

24. 2000 years later, we come with the shepherds, with the wise men, with Mary and Joseph; to worship Jesus and to wonder at the child who would save the world.
The focus of Advent is the coming of Jesus at Christmas and His return. As we have retold the Christmas story through the Huddersfield Parish Church Advent calendar we have encountered what it means that “God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit” is with us. We have heard and responded with small significant moments of worship, moved our focus from ourselves, beyond to focus on God and neighbour. This is the Jesus effect! From the Godly realm to a human state and earthly relationships. As Jesus said after the parable of the Good Samaritan – “Go, do likewise!

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Liberation

Readings for Palm Sunday

Isaiah 50:4-9, Philippians 2:5-115: 1-11 & Matthew 27:11-54

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Tuesday 4th April

For those who follow Christ, liberation comes when Jesus’ presence ignites a freedom that we ill deserve, but is freely given.

Just recognising the physical, mental and spiritual journey that Jesus made; placing that journey alongside your own pathway and the sense of liberation is because Jesus has been there before you. God has this pure empathy.

Question: Who do I know that because of their faith, act as liberated and free. What in my life speaks to others of liberation, freedom because of Christ with me?

 Prayer: Lord Jesus, speak to me, stay with me, liberate me, to do your will and to be a fellow child of God , free in your grace. Amen

 

Words and Meaning

Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9

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Wednesday 22nd March

As a small child Samuel was given to God:           a small number of words, carrying a lot of meaning : both pain and promise. Just as there was a heavy cost for Hannah, so there was for Samuel too. Samuel grew up with Eli, seeing his parents only once a year and he became, as Hannah had intended a servant of God: assisting Eli in his work and later having a prophetic role in the whole nation. But in the story we read this week, Samuel was a small child removed from the familiar and put down somewhere new with people he had never met. At this point the situation doesn’t look promising.

Thoughts and Prayer: So today take time to pray for children who have been left: separated from parents: for refugees and for children whose parents can’t look after them. And pray also for the Elis: foster carers and others looking after children.

 

Hannah

Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9

Tuesday 21st March 20

 

Hannah had longed for a child for a very long time. She had prayed desperately in her distress. Finally her prayers were answered   and she had a son, Samuel. But this story doesn’t end there. When Samuel is weaned Hannah takes him and leaves him with Eli,  a priest at Shiloh, a holy place ; Samuel’s life would be dedicated to God’s service. This goes well beyond the ‘letting go’ that all parents need to do when their children  grow up. This is not just a happy ever after story: and though the particular circumstances are very unusual, the experiences & emotions are common.

 

 Thoughts and Prayer: Spend some moments holding before God in prayer those who long for children and for those separated from their children  for whatever reason

 

 

 

 

New Eyes

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 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.

 

Taste the Difference.

Mulling over two words: Saviour and savour. What’s the difference? That would be the ‘I’. An observation worthy of any twee church notice board.

But it is for the individual that this Christmas event took place. ‘God with us!’ is the headline, but ‘God with me,’ is the subtext.

Savour that precision in God’s grace contained in this saviour child.

Taste the difference!