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Mothering

Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9

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Monday 20th March

During this week we are looking towards the 4th Sunday of Lent, though most of us will know it best as Mothering Sunday. Though traditionally a (rare) Sunday off when domestic servants were allowed to travel home to their ‘mother church’, Mothering Sunday has become a day when we celebrate motherhood and show our loving     appreciation of our own mothers.

But with the gratitude and joy Mothering Sunday can also be a difficult day, for those grieving lost loved ones or those who have known pain and difficulty in their family life. Next Sunday’s readings from1 Samuel and from John’s Gospel take us into the pains as well as the joys of human families, into the realities of the world in which we try to follow Jesus.

Thoughts and Prayer: Read these passages slowly then pray – for our own families and for families we know, bringing both gratitude & grief to God.

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In the Family

2nd March 2015

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Sometimes the Church disappoints us.

Father George says that’s because we sometimes forget that we are part of a team – God is ours not mine! So we have to compromise.

Remember the heart of the church is the Lord ’s Table where we share in Holy Communion together. In the words that are used week by week we say: “We are one body because we all share in one bread.”

Rev’d Janet Sargent – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church.

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

25th December 2014

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The partridge in a pear tree is the reminder of Jesus the Christ, whose birth we celebrate on the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ’s sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . .” (Luke 13:34)

The memories come flashing back. Family, friends, carols, special gifts, special events, special . . . everything. It all seems so close. So welcome. So wonderful. And, it should.

A fresh awareness of whom we are always seems to come alive on Christmas Day . And then, we remember. “Peace on earth, good will to men” is a wonderful pronouncement of the angels. But, it is not the reality of the world in which we live at all.

So, on this day, this Christmas Day, what can we do to accomplish whatever is our part of the task that Jesus’ coming was meant to cause to happen? Peace on earth: Let it start within our own hearts.

Good will to men: Look at your family, or those close by. Look up from this screen. There is a world around you that you are to influence. Let the good will begin in and shine from you. Someone has to start the process.

Just a little further afield, you and I, and our neighbours, are His purpose. We always have been. We always will be.

Our relationships, every one of them, are damaged by whom we are without Him. He came to save us from the damage that is part of us, a damage that we did not seek, and yet can do nothing about in our own strength. His desire is that those relationships be healed.

Who would ever have thought that such a thing could be put into motion by such a seemingly common occurrence? He was just a baby that day. Helpless, susceptible to danger, small, insignificant. But how the world was forever changed.

The tinsel, the garland, the lights and ornaments. They are only but a dim reminder of how much glory God ushered into the world that day so very long ago. On their own, they are pretty sights that captivate even a child’s imagination. But, in contrast, only a small candle in comparison to the glory God gave to us that day.

Merry Christmas !! It is but one aspect of God’s wonderful gift!

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Yes, New Perspectives!

Sometimes you see people from a new perspective whether you were trying to or not.

Last night, unexpectedly, I saw a close family member in a clearer, richer light and my love for them grew just that little bit deeper.

Seeking the same perspective in all people, who knows what we might achieve together.

Good Welcomed News.

Good news is always a welcomed guest.

At the point I felt someone moving far away from influence and help, experience tells me they were to be moved without thought or favour to ’who knows where.’ I was actually expecting a phone call from somewhere far off, even outside Yorkshire.

Word came, good news – relocation hardly further than they had been travelling  the last weeks. Beautifully, connections and hospitality are in place, friends are ready and a centre of prayer to continue a sometimes frightening journey.

Give us grace to welcome and sustain.

Their (and your) prayers are part of the construction that is our church family!