Readings for Easter Sunday
Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10
Tuesday 18 April
Where were Peter and James and John on that first Easter Day? Why was it Mary and Mary Magdalene were the only ones to go to the tomb? Were the men too afraid or were the women more faithful? Either way the Marys are an example to us. They went to pay their respects, to mourn and to grieve – and instead they met with Jesus himself. They didn’t know what they were doing but they kept faith and God honoured their faithfulness by making them the first to meet with the risen Lord. Sometimes when things are dark, just keeping on keeping on is hard, but simple faithfulness will be rewarded with the dawning of a new day – and keeping going is always easier with a friend beside you.
Question: How do you cope with times in your life when things seem dark and you can’t make sense of what is going on?
Prayer: Lord, when times are hard and the day seems dark, give me a friend to walk beside me and the courage to know you will be there to meet us.
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Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9
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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Sunday 10th January
The Christmas season is all about ‘God with us.’
Have you been baptised in the name of the “Father,Son and Holy Spirit?”
The point of today in the Christian calendar is to say that Jesus was also baptised.
OK it was John, but it represented a turning point.
Recall your own baptism – compare and contrast with the Jesus experience.
Tuesday 29th December
‘God with us!’
Close enough for Jesus to tell off his beloved John (and James) as easily as the scribes and Pharisees.
A belief in Jesus that misfired when John asked for privileges in the Kingdom. Wasn’t the beloved status enough?
I think he eventually came to understand as he stood at the cross as Jesus died. The rest of John’s life was an unpacking and weaving of his account of the Jesus story.
Our calling too? To work out the significance of our ‘belovedness’?
16 April 2015
Another time, another place, another John.
In great age, all but sightless, yet free and as gritty Yorkshire as they get.
Never a moan or a bewailment of his situation.
Always a “How are you doing lad?” and “are you looking after yourself, you will look after yourself, won’t you!”
His brightness and optimism shone through. I heard Jesus in his encouragement.
Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
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
Continued showings of Jesus before the Lenten themed ‘Thourghts’ next week.
John 1:1-5, 9-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.