Tag Archives: good

God made…..!

2. God made all things: the sky and the land, the heavens and the earth; and they were good.

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I recall a response that always comes to mind when I hear the phrase: “God is good!” My knee jerk reaction is, “All of the time!” When you look at the creation stories the regular phrase used is, “and God saw that it was good.” Advent is a time when we may look at all that is amiss in the world but recognise that ‘goodness’ is an element of the spirit of God. An Advent theme is repentance but also an acknowledgment that we seek what is good in the world, that even in the tainted and ugly situations we may bring the lovely and good. Jesus found the kernel of his Father’s goodness and grace in the most unlikely of people.

Today look at the most tainted events in the news and look for God’s grace embedded there, pray that goodness may prevail.

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God Centred

Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11

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Saturday 4 March

The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil   is the myth that explains how and why humanity knows and recognises right and wrong, why we have a conscience. Jesus in the wilderness, his chief defence against temptation was this conscious understanding. Jesus’ centre was on God His father, all his answers were God-centric and beyond His own needs and desires.

Question: What will you offer tomorrow in worship, what will you give away or give up that is not God centred?

 Prayer : Father, I offer to you the things that call upon me that are   not of you. Forgive my false focus , help me to follow Jesus in His     wilderness experiences. Amen

 

Self Awareness

Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent

Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11

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Tuesday 28 February

The story of the Garden of Eden apple is interesting on many levels.

Look at it this way, when we take time to consume and digest we are able to grow and become wiser. The ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ symbolises a moment beyond innocence when we begin to be self aware. For humans that is a time when all the food of our earliest years, all the care given to us, all the knowledge and teaching we are invested with, and yes, even our spiritual nurturing, blossom.

So what for the future? What Lenten consumption will draw you closer to God and wiser in your knowledge and understanding of God?

Prayer: Day by day, Dear Lord, three things I pray. To see thee more clearly, love thee more dearly and follow thee more nearly day by day. Amen

 

 

John 1

13 April 2015

Easter people – John 1 – played with God in a happy, playful mischievous way. 

“I’ve been very good this week! ” he would say, “my horse will come in this Saturday.” 

“It doesn’t work that way!  I would tell him. Then he would count his winnings in front of me.

John’s exuberance at the end of a hymn, or choir anthem (in which he was singing) would burst out with a roaring ‘Marvelous!’ He was a man of great appitite and glorious love of life and a spirituality that didn’t question theologically but attempted to live the Jesus way with a smile, laughter and quite humble bartering.

Dying suddenly, he actually didn’t worry about his account. I can feel his grip and a grinning “He is Risen!”

Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield

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

Jumping.

25th January 2015

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So Philip says to Nathanael, ‘We have found him about whom Moses and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’

‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’

St. Nathanael of Sarcasm! Looking at a small backwater and making a snap decision without all the facts.

Sounds familiar? Do you jump to conclusions about others?

‘Never criticise someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes’, is an old saying. Billy Connolly added: ‘Because then you will be a mile away from them…..and you will have their shoes!’

Nathanael proved to be so wrong.

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

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

24th January 2015

So Philip says to Nathaniel, ‘We have found him about whom Moses and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’

Nathanael answers Philip's exitement.said, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’

I wonder, had Nathanael been sitting under the fig tree in contemplative mood, before Philip hit him with the amazing news about the Messiah?

Contemplating his peaceful existence and knowledge of God as he shaded himself under a fig tree, ‘All’s right with the world” ; or Nathanael, far from being content with the way things were, resented the lack of peace and security under the brutal Roman occupation and dreamed of a new order and the time of the Messiah.

Where are you sitting? Are you content or restless ?

The Revd Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church