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A Dry Place.

Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42

Monday 13th March

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When we hear of time spent in the wilderness, what do we picture? An arid dry place? Somewhere familiar, or a landscape beyond our experience? We live in one of the most built up areas in our country, but an area where we are never far from the moors. I wonder what landscape we picture?   I wonder if a distant wilderness is more frightening because of its unknown dangers, or if it is the desolation of the familiar moors which strikes us cold, because we may be only too aware of its dangers.

In Sunday’s reading from Exodus, God’s people are travelling from the wilderness “by stages”, and journeying towards the place God has   promised them. There is danger, there is risk. There is the known and   the unknown. And there is God.

Question: As we find ourselves in the middle of Lent 2017, I wonder what stage of the journey from wilderness to promise we find ourselves at.   Are we in the middle of a journey from unbelief to faith? We may be   confident of our direction and hopeful of our destination – or we may find ourselves unable to see an end to the wilderness of work, stress, anxiety and pressure.

Prayer: Creator God, you are the God of my everyday, the close & familiar – and you are the God of the wilderness places in my life and heart. Open the eyes of my heart to feel your presence on this journey. Amen.

 

 

 

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Palm Sunday Tale

Sunday 20 March

The simplest of memories from the South Yorkshire village of Hoylandswaine. 

We were walking fro the chapel to the church one Palm Sunday behind our donkey. The
Vicar and choir were robed, the sun shone and people we passed received palm crosses. Even cars were hailed and given the same gift.

Six years or so later I am loitering in Huddersfield Parish Church when a man comes over and asks if I was once the vicar of Hoylandswaine. I nervously said yes.

They said they received a palm cross which was blu-tac-ed onto their dash board. Only being given the cross flipped a switch in their spirituality from which baptism and commitment flowed.

Fathomless Riches: Richard Coles

8th March 2015

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The Reverend Richard Coles is a priest in Northamptonshire and a regular host of BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. He is also the only vicar in Britain to have had a number 1 hit single: the Communards’ ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’. Fathomless Riches is his memoir in which he divulges with searing honesty and intimacy his pilgrimage from a rock-and-roll life of sex and drugs to a life devoted to God & Christianity.

At times disturbing in its frankness and self-centred drawing in of faith. A challenging read that can place ourselves within the kingdom’s call.

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

Packing for a Journey

Saturday 20th December 2014

I wonder what Joseph and Mary packed for their journey. Between themselves and the donkey, they had to carry everything they and the newborn would need, and remember that Mary was heavily pregnant. There would have been no satnav (not just because postcodes had not yet been invented!) and no facebook.

They would have struck out along the journey, not knowing exactly where they would end up. During the journey, they would spend time with each other, both in conversation and in silence.

Together, with God, they were all each other had, walking along side each other.

Let us find space to give each other that time and commitment this Advent season. Not thinking about where we will be next, or what someone has just posted, but committed to spending time. The focus on the person there with us rather than on the buzz of electronic activity. The focus on the present moment rather than the next job, the next meeting, or the next person. Let us be there.

Rev’d Simon Crook, Assistant Curate, HuddersfieldParish Church

Something to Pass On

While finding bits and bats for a confirmation group I found this poem which speaks for itself.

I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No.
It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No.
His spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No.
Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.

I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No.
I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No.
Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No.
You must grow on your own! But I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No.
I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said…Ahhhh, finally you have the idea.

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