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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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Claiming

Monday 8 February

A beautiful message for a confirmation day.

You have claim to Jesus: win or lose, highlight or low time.

Confirmation of His presence with us.

Found Present

Monday 18 January

This wedding in Cana; Jesus, his crew and his mother. We don’t know how many others other than wine ran out and was replenished in large amounts. We don’t even know whose wedding it was the everyone was celebrating.

But is was an occasion that was not unusual for the day. A large gathering and a large celebration. And God was there in the centre of the celebration. 

No quiet mediation here. Just an ordinary joyful occasion marking the changing of lives. Another place God was found present!

All Things New

15 March 2015
God should not be blamed for our failure or successes. Neither should God be seen as abscent from our lives. Fynn’s mother and Anna come to the same conclusion.
“Mum and Anna shared many likes and dislikes; perhaps the simplest and most beautiful sharing was their attitude toward Mister God. Most people I knew use God as an excuse for their failure: “He should have done this, “or “Why has got done this to me?” But with Mum and Anna difficulties and adversities were merely occasions for doing something. Ugliness was the chance to make beautiful. Sadness was the chance to make glad. Mister God was always available to them. A stranger would’ve excused for believing that Mister God lived with us, then Mum and Anna believed he did. 
With God’s presence recognised there is an imperative to make all things new. 
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Regal and Knowing

12th January 2015

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What knowledge did these wise-one hold? They were given this title ‘Magi’, the root word which gives us ‘magic’ and ‘magician’ and were said to have great understanding in fields which included astrology, alchemy and other forms of esoteric knowledge.

Their identification as kings in later Christian writings is probably linked to Psalms 72:11, “May all kings fall down before him”.

So we have two views of these visitors, regal and knowledge.

Oh the we could claim the same when we draw close to visiting God.

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

Presence/Present

Saturday 6th December 2014

The simplest of presents cost little!

I had the privilege of visiting a certain very well-to-do and quite independent lady who always gave off a sense of lonely isolation.

The week before Christmas, for a number of years I would bake mince pies for the coming season and take her a plate withe half a dozen of these pastries to her house. She confided in me that this gift meant so much to her, hand made, they had take time to make and were personal.

Giving is about cost, but not necessarily about money. The cost of caring is beyond the money we spend and personal effort, putting yourself out is worth more than and expensive gift.

Why not be inspired to visit someone over Christmas. Just call in on a neighbour or telephone someone you know to be alone.

The present is in your presence!

Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church