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Go Do Likewise

24. 2000 years later, we come with the shepherds, with the wise men, with Mary and Joseph; to worship Jesus and to wonder at the child who would save the world.
The focus of Advent is the coming of Jesus at Christmas and His return. As we have retold the Christmas story through the Huddersfield Parish Church Advent calendar we have encountered what it means that “God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit” is with us. We have heard and responded with small significant moments of worship, moved our focus from ourselves, beyond to focus on God and neighbour. This is the Jesus effect! From the Godly realm to a human state and earthly relationships. As Jesus said after the parable of the Good Samaritan – “Go, do likewise!

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Somewhere to Stay

12. Mary and Joseph found somewhere with the animals where they could stay.

Jesus said: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

Somewhere to stay for Mary and Joseph was not a five star hotel, not even a second rate B and B; but somewhere outside regulation perfection; ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ is the old adage. If this part of the Christmas story is allegory for you and your position before God, let me encourage you. No matter how small and insignificant, however unclean or unworthy; God will dwell in you. The Jesus who spoke of us ‘asking’, ‘seeking’ and ‘knocking’ gave and still gives himself as the example for us to follow.

Christ Be With Me.

6. Another angel visited Joseph inside a dream and said to him, “Mary’s baby will also be called ‘Emmanuel” this name means that God is with us.”

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All of this week has been about the breaking of God into our world. Joseph’s experience seals the event into a name. “God is with us” should be our middle name and our very nature. May your prayer be today:

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.

But like Joseph don’t just sit on the knowledge – be prepared.

Mary and Joseph

3. About 2000 years ago, there was a young Woman called Mary, and a young Man called Joseph.

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Specific in a time, specific in location and specifically for two people. Ordinary in their culture the story is set. On one hand pinpointed within history and yet unremarkable in the persons involved. The incarnation is place in time and yet seemly random in Joseph an Mary. They are not who we would choose in salvation’s vision but they are where the story becomes real, beyond prophesy. If these two,  why not you?bYou are also a part of God’s involvement in humanity specific in a time and specific in location.
Give thanks today for your blessings today. But then dwell on what can be in the Kingdom of God here and now.

Offering

11th February 2014

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Mary and Joseph do what is right before the law. They offer the smallest offering prescribed: two Turtle doves or two pigeons.

What is the right offering to God.

Jesus tell of the ‘widow’s mite’ – a gift given in poverty and yet an adventurous, sacrificial offering.

Please, go out of your way to respond to this showing today.

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

Cherish

10th February 2014

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Mary’s cherishing is another form of recognition of the beauty she found in her child. She would have been shown glimpses of what would become of Jesus, as every mother does.

Simeon says to Mary: ” A sword will pierce your own soul too.” The life of this child will be hard and sorrow will be involved. It is easy to see why Mary became so revered.

Hail Mary, full of grace.
Our Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

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

Your Promise has Been Fulfilled.

7th February 2014

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Simeon and Anna are two people seen by Luke as the earliest recognisers of Jesus. Physically they approached this family and felt the divine presence. Both react with such calm grace and beauty in that presence.

Perhaps they just happened to be in the right place at the right time, but the story suggests they lived their lives with a promise and a part of their worship were being aware of that promise.

Wow!

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