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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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Following

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18. The wise men followed the star to find Jesus. But on the way, they met evil King Herod who heard about Jesus and wanted to kill him.

A great deal of my understanding of God comes from hymns. When I read this part of the story the tune for ‘the Summons’ rose as an ear worm. I checked the words and thought they related both to the wise men and to us. Just read slowly and wonder!
Will you come and follow me

if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don’t know

and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown,

will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown

in you and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind

if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind

and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare

should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer

in you and you in me?

 

Will you let the blinded see

if I but call your name?

Will you set the prisoners free

and never be the same?

Will you kiss the leper clean

and do such as this unseen,

and admit to what I mean

in you and you in me?

 

Will you love the ‘you’ you hide

if I but call your name?

Will you quell the fear inside

and never be the same?

Will you use the faith you’ve found

to reshape the world around

through my sight and touch and sound

in you and you in me?

 

Lord, your summons echoes true

when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you

and never be the same.

In your company I’ll go

where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I’ll move and live and grow

in you and you in me.

Spirit and Fire

Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12

Saturday 11th March12
In his Commission to his disciples, Jesus tells them to make disciples of all nations in the power of his name, and to baptise them. The baptism bit often gets overlooked. We are baptised once, and through it we enter The Church, The Body of Christ. It has meaning beyond the social occasions so often seen these days at baptism services as the reading from Matthew reminds us: we are baptised with the Holy Spirit and fire. This is not an occasion simply of cute welcome, but of being purified for God. And although we are baptised only once, we need to keep re-entering its reality over again. Come Holy Spirit in all your power.

Queuing

Thursday 8 December

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I always seem to end up in the wrong queue.

I have quite an advanced queuing technique which takes  into account the length of queue (obs), the  capabilities of shoppers and checkout staff, the type of item in a trolley and whether there are repeats; but I still seem to end up in the slowest queue.

And I don’t like queuing, I don’t like waiting.

Yet we are told to wait, to be patient as the farmer is patient. In this desperate rush in advent, both wanting to get to Christmas day as soon as possibly, and needing more time to get everything done, let us pause and get in the queue.

Christ comes to us, not because we demand him, or because we are ready. Christ comes becomes it is time. Let us be found waiting.

In this Advent season of preparation give us a understanding of how to be ready, but not in an impatient and demanding way, rather with a sense of God’s time and in Jesus timeliness. Come Lord Jesus to my frenetic ‘doing’ and simply ’be’ in my life. Amen

 

Waiting

Monday 5 December

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In David Attenborough’s programmes showing the desert, it is often a film of the transformation when the  rain comes.

We start with  barren, dry, cracked, scorched earth. It seems that nothing could live there. Indeed, it seems completely dead. Yet, with the rain comes the life that was hidden and dormant, and it happens remarkably quickly.

It sometimes feels that we are dead and lifeless, or at least that certain parts of us have closed down. But creation is waiting. It is expectant.

When things feel barren or desperate, we are yearning for the rain: yearning for the coming of Christ that washes over us continually and when he comes again will satisfy the world once and for all.

Lord, when I feel barren or desperate, answer my yearning for your living water. By your grace, help me show your life to others day by day. Amen

 

A Story

Tuesday 8 March

Come and Follow Jesus: a story about followers – see yesterday!