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In the Beginning.

1. In the beginning there was God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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The focus of Advent would usually be the coming of Jesus at Christmas and His return. Yet as we retell the Christmas story through the Huddersfield Parish Church Advent calendar the writer of our account begins with the opening from Genesis: “in the beginning”. We are asked then immediately to broadens out our vision straight into the Trinity. We are taken from the beginning of creation and drawn into the fuller Jesus story; our very salvation. So as we wait for the coming we should remember “God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit” is with us on the anticipated journey.
Pray at the start of this Advent journey for God accompanying us through the retelling and our thoughts that develop

Remembrance.

Holy Week

39Wednesday 12 April

The incarnation is not just for Christmas!   Jesus tells his disciples to remember his presence, his words actions and his very love each time we eat a meal in His name. In church that means bread and wine, but at home or with a friend is a time to look across a table and know that  Jesus did the same, the night before he was betrayed. In his life, his real life, he ate and shared and told us to do likewise.

Question: Across a table, over a meal, what is it you do that was the                                       same for Jesus. He said ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’

Where will you take that thought today?

Prayer: Teach me to repeat your actions as I eat and as I share your life with others, help me to pray in the ordinary actions of this day and all in remembrance of your incarnate life. Amen

 

 

Simple Confession

 

Readings for Palm Sunday

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

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 Wednesday 5th April

In the Philippian’s reading on Sunday St Paul distils his understanding of Jesus’ path to Jerusalem . From way before his Christmas birth and onward into time. A simple creed to ‘confess’ that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Placing the next few week’s thoughts centred on that one line.

 Prayer Give me wisdom and faith as I read , glory and pray the word of Paul in his letter to the Philippians 2:5-11.

 

Servant King

 

Saturday 24 December

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The baby was wrapped in bands of cloth an placed in a manger.

This is, of course, the same person whose body would be wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in the tomb.

As a baby and as the adult servant King helpless and dependent on others. Giving up himself to the wills of humanity. God still comes to us, emptying himself so that we might meet him.

Can we ever be as vulnerable as him?

Can we open ourselves to the will and love and life of God as he meets us this Christmas?

Almighty God, who has power beyond all that we can comprehend, you meet us in the form of a  tiny baby and broken body. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to put aside all pride and so to be ready to welcome you as Mary did with open arms. Amen.

 

Sacred Trough

Friday 22 December

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The baby Jesus was placed in a manger. Not the  picturesque mangers we see in nativity plays, but an animals’ feeding trough.

Meals were an important part of Jesus’ life, he shared meals with those people that we would  probably not want invite into our homes if we knew them today.

And then Jesus became a meal. Body and blood given for you. Given to all those who come to him.

None of us deserve it and none can earn it. We can only take what Christ offers and remember that as we eat his holy meal we are elevated into his kingship and brought down into the manger of that first Christmas.

This Christmas as we encounter Christ coming, let us say, “For what we about to receive make us truly thankful. Amen.”