Sunday 4th January 2015
Eleven Pipers Piping remind us of the eleven Faithful Apostles: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.
I remember being told that disciples are those who are “called” whilst apostles are those who are “sent”. You can see that in the story of Jesus, he called his followers then sent them out to others.
Look at yourself, if you are called to follow Jesus, you are also called to go out. Following Jesus means giving of yourself to others. Not in any great flourish or with trumpets announcing your arrival or the great deeds you may accomplish, but in service which was the Jesus way.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church