So tomorrow is Advent Sunday and if you have looked at each of the ‘thoughts’ for this week you have in some way prepared for tomorrow.
The address may well be like ‘bingo’ as you listen to the themes and thoughts of the service and specifically the sermon.
Give a little thought then to the news this week and perhaps come offering issues into God’s presence in your church. What weighs you down? Come prepared to leave them at the foot of the cross and in the sphere of Jesus presence. Come in an understanding that the Holy Spirit has been with you this week as you have given time to God.
Heavenly Father, I give you thanks for the time I have spent in your presence this week and for your Spirit’s presence as I move towards worship tomorrow. Let your grace rest within each person and situation I carry into Holy Space, in Jesus name. Amen
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Monday 21 November
Advent you may know is a season of preparing; indeed the special prayer for Advent Sunday at its heart simply asks for ‘grace’ from God to be ready.
Ready – by laying time aside to talk with Jesus, reading his Good News and establishing the rule hope for the day. Look at the news and pray God into that situation – pray for grace to inhabit and tend. Ask Jesus why! Seek a response of hope, if not directly in yourself then through other.
Grace to prepare in hope.
Help us today and every day to worship you, to hear your word, and to place you in the centre, help us to share your hope with others. We ask it in the name of the one who was born in Bethlehem. Amen.
Wednesday 24 February
Our failures and dimmer moments can come all too often.
Others may not see us shrivel inside, but we will have times when what we do or think or say will diminish our very humanity.
Part of Jesus ministry, as pointed out by Robin Gamble in the Lenten book on offer at Huddersfield Parish Church as a resource, is that it only does he call us to repentance, but also reconciles our failures to God in forgiveness.
And in that moment God celebrates.
In God’s eye we are, we are becoming,we shall be perfect in his grace
Wednesday 17 February
Today, we begin a series of lecture/Lenten talks given at Huddersfield Parish Church and then repeated at the University of Huddersfield. The full list of speakers and subjects can be found on the HPC web page.
Today the Rev’d Dr Jonathan Prichard will be looking at “United Keighley? (Re-imagining Interfaith encounters.)
‘In the last days, God says, I will pour my Spirit on everyone. Your sons and daughters will speak what God has revealed. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will dream dreams.’
There we are again, dreaming, re-imagining places, people and situations in God’s image. Oh, that we had a magic paintbrush or the grace to be Christ-like.
Tuesday 16th February
Dreaming of the future we are offering another book to dwell upon during this Lent. “The Magic Paintbrush” is a storybook too good for children.
A grace gift that is passed on willingly. Power that wants to use and abuse that grace gift. A parable we can link to discipleship and faith.
Our freedom is the faith which Jesus offers to use in His name.
Mulling over two words: Saviour and savour. What’s the difference? That would be the ‘I’. An observation worthy of any twee church notice board.
But it is for the individual that this Christmas event took place. ‘God with us!’ is the headline, but ‘God with me,’ is the subtext.
Savour that precision in God’s grace contained in this saviour child.
Taste the difference!
1st February 2015
Wine and oil are symbols in scripture for bountiful joy and blessing. For the wedding at Cana all the portents for a marriage were poor.
120 gallons of wine represent ultimate bounty, ultimate joy and ultimate blessing.
If you were to be able to hold God’s grace in you hands – you have large hands.
I am talking this day and tomorrow and every day. Wine aplenty!
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church