Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9
Tuesday 21st March
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
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Tuesday 13 December
My own children are all grown up now, I look back and think how unprepared we were for the arrival of our children.
We read the Old Testament foretelling of Mary’s desire to have her God with her, as Isaiah wrote: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”
God so close he will be called Emmanuel – God with us. Look out for a pram and a baby, if you are lucky enough to have hold of one – recognise Mary’s hope.
Jesus, God with us, the answer to my feelings of isolation from God. With you close may I find your peace though my prayers and actions this day. Amen
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A full church, with a school choir – the starting point is a set of Christmas cracker jokes which the children say en masse and the congregation anticipate the answers without giving the game away. The chief guests Mayor etc – have the answer. But the final couplet leads everyone astray – a fine corny joke.
The subject was the small changes that happen at Christmas. God – immense, becomes a child and the world is different.
Advent points to this change – just anticipate the change, look for the change, be a part of something as new as a baby born.
As J. R. R. Tolkien once said, the best children’s books, aren’t written for children; they are enjoyed by children, but they speak to our deepest longings and fears, and thus enchant readers of all ages.
The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, published in 1976, falls into that category.
The next couple of blogs are generated because of this book.
The Rev’d Dr. Anna Wallis – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church
Tuesday 9th December 2014
Nothing to be ashamed of really. Except I’m a 49 year old man and a Vicar.
But then the season of Advent, the four Advent Calendar weeks before Christmas is a time of pregnancy. Or should I use the words a time of expectancy.
Children are expectant and grown-ups get caught up in that excitement.
Christian ministers are expectant in who they may see at Christmas and those who will need supported during the season.
What will you expect and how can you heighten your awareness of others in need and the sheer beauty of some of the moments of Christmas. Be expectant and your visions of joy will be multiplied.
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
Sunday 30th November 2014
And the exasperated dad said,”Hurry up! It is like waiting for Christmas!” Children in slow motion just drag time so slowly it can be painful. Minute after minute, second after second seem wasted on tasks that in normal speed takes mere moments. Add to the fact that you need to be somewhere else only adds to the frustration.
Four Sundays in Advent seem to leave plenty of room for so much activity before Christmas and yet Advent time is the exact opposite of slow coach children. The next four weeks will go by at a flash by speed.
Give then a little time each day to God. Why not use this blog to steady the clock and give a little time to thought of Jesus, his birth, his return and the hope that is promised.
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor.
I picked up the book of prayers.
Upon discovering that my 21 month old daughter had graced the pages with her presence by means of a fluorescent pink felt-tip pen, my first reaction was to be angry.
I counted to 10 and reminded myself that I could still read the prayers.
I even managed to congratulate her on her choice of reading.
Then I chuckled when I realised she had scribbled across the first page of the chapter, “Prayers for Places of Education.”
What better place to start.