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Sacred Trough

Friday 22 December

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The baby Jesus was placed in a manger. Not the  picturesque mangers we see in nativity plays, but an animals’ feeding trough.

Meals were an important part of Jesus’ life, he shared meals with those people that we would  probably not want invite into our homes if we knew them today.

And then Jesus became a meal. Body and blood given for you. Given to all those who come to him.

None of us deserve it and none can earn it. We can only take what Christ offers and remember that as we eat his holy meal we are elevated into his kingship and brought down into the manger of that first Christmas.

This Christmas as we encounter Christ coming, let us say, “For what we about to receive make us truly thankful. Amen.”

 

Little Lad

Monday 25 January

Another Epiphany. Jesus returns home, gives an indication of his self awareness and of scripture’s pointing.

But they knew him, his mum and dad – his growing and his origins. They could not see beyond what was in front of them and what they knew in the moment.

My boyhood church came to a flower festival being held at the church where I was vicar. Various people echoed two comments:

“Why don’t you come home? ”

“I remember when you were this big!”

Two comments that help me understand how Jesus felt. Akin to a people and a place, but so different in himself.

  

Lily is Risen

17 April 2015

Lily was a life and soul person who was outgoing and yet gentle. With her age she became trapped by diabetese which sent her blind.

For a number of years she was restricted to home, not even making it to church. She was becoming smaller by the month and yet resisted nursing care with a will of iron.

When eventually she tried respite care, she realised what she had been missing and booked her place a month later. Two weeks before that date Lily rang the home and pleaded to be accepted straight away as she couldn’t bear the solitude any longer.

Lily became the soul of her nursing home as she resurrected her strength and vitality. She became a tonic to the ‘old people’ around her.

Other people recognised Lily as an Easter person.

Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield

Take Away Prayer

5th March 2015

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Some of us are happy to pray in church but aren’t comfortable praying at home.

Father George suggests some things which might help.

Have a cross or a picture (an icon) to help you feel Christ’s presence.

Light a candle or a night light and watch the living flame.

Don’t worry if your mind wanders a bit. Father George says an onion still gets pickled without thinking about it.

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