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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.

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Christ be with Me.

Saturday 3 December

I really love the hymn ‘St. Patrick’s Breastplate’, the verse about Christ being all about us.
St Patrick’s Breastplate
Tomorrow is The Second Sunday in Advent and as the season continues it reverberates with calls to vocation, to self examination and recognition of Jesus alongside, within, above and below.

As you prepare for worship tomorrow, dwell for a moment on your call to follow Jesus, how you match up to God’s dream for you and your honouring of that presence.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

A Story

Tuesday 8 March

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

A Line in the Sand.

Wednesday 2nd March

On Sunday, we thought about God’s line in the sand. This is a line emphasised by the life and ministry of Jesus. 

The mark is there for us to see, and follow towards the horizon. However, all too often we move to the left or to the right.

In the psalms and proximity to this line is understood, we hear God saying ‘When you in your mother’s womb I knew you!’

God knows us, even when we fail to come close to the line, God knows us.

A great Lent theme is repentance, turning around and seeing God’s presence. Drawing close to the line because God is there waiting.

  

Offence?

Monday 14th December

John the baptist berated the crowd who came to him:
 “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” 

Is that what they expect from God’s representatives?

There can be times when we my be surprised and offended. 

The crowds came out seeking prayer and repentance but to be told they were far off and misinformed about their own righteousness. 

I wonder if you would have taken offence or taken note?

  

Mark the Following Changes.

27th January 2015

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Nathanael follow with a promise ringing in his ears, “You will see greater things than these!”

So it will be for all who follow Jesus. We cannot hear His call and not let ourselves be changed. The plights and delights of other cannot be ignored in the framework of God’s loving example in Jesus.

What have you done today, differently because of this Epiphany?

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

Calling Philip.

23rd January 2015

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A different ‘revealing’ of Jesus is in the account of his decision to go to Galilee where he meets Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’

It is a simple meeting and a call to come alongside.

St. John the Evangelist is quite brief in this account. What we can gather is that Philip was excited and reacted and went off to find his friend Nathanael to share the news.

Having faith to follow and share the journey?

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