Saturday 15 April
Silence and sadness for he is gone. Everyone who claimed to know, claimed to love Him have run away and hidden. Those who remained, took Jesus’ body for burial and rested for it was the sabbath. Can you imagine a world without Jesus? No remembering, no repeating, no trying to live up to His love for humanity? The first Easter-eve Jesus lay in a stone tomb, his friends mourned the waste and contemplated such an irredeemable future. They didn’t even hope for the rising of Jesus. How strangely empty that day must have been, how utterly empty of a future it must have been.
Prayer: My crucified Lord, in the depths of the isolation I may feel, my cry is to you. Lord God, give light in my darkness and bring me out of the prison of my despair; through the same crucified Jesus Christ. Amen
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Sunday 3 April
Today we has a simple baptism, the Easter moment.
Turning to Christ, turning to the Easter light.
Not just the candidate but also the whole garnered community.
Easter action pure and active?
Saturday 26 March
Prayer for Easter Eve
God, our light and our salvation,illuminate our lives,
that we may see your goodness in the land of the living,
and, looking on your beauty,
may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Tuesday 2 February
A Christingle service is a health and safety nightmare. It would never pass the rigours of a strident H&S brigade. It would not be a liturgical highlight in my calendar.
However Sunday’s Christingle I was touched on many levels.
Shine Jesus Shine, Sing Christingle, Hail Gladdening Light and a Stanford Nunc Dimmittis. A church circled with folk holding Christingles, a puppet and a formal communion. Ceremony, daftness, wonderful eclectic music mix and a family together closing Christmas and celebrating light.
Praise on many forms and many levels.
The rest of the day followed a similar varied mix ( see the Huddersfield Parish Church site.)
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12th March 2015
When remembering his time as a school boy and an atheist Richard Coles tells this story:
“I remember and clergyman coming to give a lecture on William of OcKham. I was irked by this poor man and made him declare, by leading questions, that he had based his entire life on something as insubstantial as fairy dust. I thought it was a triumph at the time, although maybe for a moment the weirdness of basing your life on Fairy dust opened a chink through which a new and unaccustomed light blipped for a second”
Fathomless Riches – The Revd Richard Coles p18
In our secular world we can so often feel in the place of ‘the poor clergyman’, backed into a corner desperately trying to defend our faith against accusations of ridiculousness and irrelevance. To many our faith may seem as fairy dust, insubstantial, and inconsequential; and in our human frailty so it may be. But the light of God is not, and that blip of ‘unaccustomed light’ that the priest enabled Richard to see, was part of Cole’s road to the priesthood. Whoever we are as Christians, and whatever we are doing we have the chance to be used by God to shine his light. We have the chance to be the voice of hope, the hands of love, and the presence of Christ to our world. This lent let us deepen our conversation with God so that the fairy dust and the light my shine more brightly from us, to bless others and Glory God.
Sam Crook – Huddersfield Parish Church
17th January 2015
Understand that the showing of Epiphany that the wise-ones witnessed is that light before us will never dim; that the light that surrounds us will never leave. That the one who was from the beginning is with us now in the depths our very being: our fears and desires.
Reflected say these words from the Benedictus:
Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel,
who has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of his servant David.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
To shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Simon Crook – Assistant Curate, Huddersfield Parish Church
16th January 2015
In a moment of quiet and stillness.
The wise-ones offered a gift of frankincense because the light is God and they offered their worship. We are shown that the love which passes all understanding is God and the wise-ones were in the presence of the divine.
Frankincense was to show that in Christ was pure worship and by our present In worship, our thoughts, words and deeds, we are raised into righteousness and holiness.
When used in worship, the smoke of the incense mingles with the air that worshippers see and breathe. The Light of the World, the one true God pervades all, and in so doing transforms us and raises us up.
What part of life, can be represented in the gift Frankincense?
Simon Crook – Assistant Curate, Huddersfield Parish Church.