Monday 4th January
I don’t want to worry you….I don’t want to gossip…
I was told in confidence….
And the all-time favourite:
I wish to have a consultation on this……
All these gems, and I’m sure you can think of others, are designed to do exactly the opposite of what they promise not to do. In other words what I am about to say will make you worry, will be gossip, is not going to be confidential in any shape or form, I will neither be respectful or respect you one iota and don’t expect me to listen to you at all.
Just watch the TV News or read the paper or listen carefully….
Oh and never prefix and sentence….. someone might just be listening and take offence!
And look at the Jesus story and you’ll find people trying to trap Jesus in the prefix.
Sunday 3rd January
Starting with a definition.
An epiphany; a word originating from the ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια, epiphaneia meaning manifestation or striking appearance. An Epiphany is an experience of sudden and striking realisation. Generally it is the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough,religious penny dropping or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realisation allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective.
Yesterday’s thought was someone’s epiphany moment, mine was the realisation that Huddersfield Parish Church offers a grace that reflects our understanding of God.
We are open and waiting.
As a church that waiting needs to be a priority and the church’s openess to others and the divine should also be for us as individuals. That is not an ‘either/or’ but a ‘both /and’.
12th February 2014
Anna’s and Simeon’s prophecies share a note of hope and expectation, along with declarations that in this child God’s promise is moving into realisation.
Going back to the beginning of Epiphany there was a showing of rich and poor, learned and ordinary, kingship, worship and death. Glimpses of who and what Jesus is to become.
This series of thoughts ends with the mature, with male and female the promise of hope and expectation.
Whatever your gender or status etc. God’s love makes all things new and all things possible.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
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17th January 2015
Understand that the showing of Epiphany that the wise-ones witnessed is that light before us will never dim; that the light that surrounds us will never leave. That the one who was from the beginning is with us now in the depths our very being: our fears and desires.
Reflected say these words from the Benedictus:
Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Simon Crook – Assistant Curate, Huddersfield Parish Church
Show and tell is a grand way of getting people to talk. I remember a man who collected things agricultural, things industrial, things domestic and things just weird. He would place these objects on a table and get you to workout what they were they used for in years gone by.
There was this large set of scissors come tongues,with blobs of metal on each end of the grabbing bit. I remember working out they were for leading bulls which had not got a ring in their noses. Show and tell!
From birth to when Jesus hit his ministry. Thirty odd years in very few texts and a whole lot of tradition. The season from Epiphany to Lent is strewn with edited highlights of who Jesus was and who he was to become.
In the readings set for the various Sundays in this period we are given glimpses of Jesus through the characters and events of His earliest life.
Welcome to the Epiphany ‘Show and Tell!’ on “Impressions from St. Pete’s”.
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield