Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45
Saturday 1 April
In Henning Mankell’s novel ‘The fifth Woman’, Linda, Wallander’s daughter, asks her father, “Why is it so difficult to live in Sweden”. He replies “Sometimes I think it’s because we’ve stopped darning our socks. When I was growing up, Sweden was still a country where people darned their socks … then suddenly, one day, it was over; socks with holes in them were thrown out, no one bothered to repair them, the whole society changed. Wear it out then toss it was the only rule that applied.
As long as it was just a matter of our socks a change didn’t make much difference, but then it started to spread, until finally it became a kind of invisible moral cold. I think it changed our view of right and wrong, of what you were allowed to do to other people and what you weren’t. More and more people, especially young people feel unwelcome in their own county. How do they react; with aggression and contempt. The most frightening thing is that I think we’re only at the beginning of something that’s going to get a lot worse. A generation is growing up right now …. who are going to react with even greater violence and they have absolutely no memory of a time when we darned our socks. When we didn’t throw everything away, weather it was our woollen socks or human beings.
Question: Did Jesus darn socks? He certainly didn’t throw away relationships. For him people were children of God, they were the ‘Imago Dei’ of God. So, what has that got to say about how we approach people who would appear different today? What are the consequences of drawing closer to God during this Lenten period, and what does the approaching Holy Week and Easter story mean for us in today’s world? Should we learn to darn socks?
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Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42
Friday 17th March
So God in Jesus breaks the rules – the rules that people thought were His in the first place – but that it turned out we’d got a bit wrong. Jesus speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well, he asks for her help (something that many of us in church communities still really struggle with – simply asking for help when we need it) – and then Jesus goes a step further. This meeting isn’t just a quick story to show Jesus’ revolutionary credentials – it’s a true encounter – a complex dialogue. Jesus really listens to what the woman has to say about her faith, and he answers her in kind, speaking directly and with conviction of the nature of God the Father and his own nature as God’s Son. It is through this dialogue, this deep encounter, that the woman’s knowledge, what has been passed down to her by her ancestors, is transformed into relationship with the living God. It is Jesus’ presence, his attention, his listening, the building of relationship, which builds the bridge between tradition and living faith. It is our presence, our attention, our listening, and our building of relationships, which will enable our churches to grow in living faith.
Question: Can we speak easily to others about our faith? If we can’t, how can we develop that skill?
Prayer: Listening God, hear the cries of my heart today, for myself and for your world. In my busyness help me to be present to others, and to you. Amen.
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Readings for 1st Sunday in Lent
Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Romans 5:12-19; and Matthew 4: 1-11
Thursday 2 March
We are told that Jesus was ‘famished’ after his time alone in the wilderness. Have you ever been ‘famished’ and I don’t mean hungry for a meal.
The account of Jesus in the wilderness is fundamentally about Jesus’ lack of relationship, with other people and with God.
Jesus is then tempted to self sufficiency and testing of his Father’s love and care. Lent for me is being hungry enough to seek God, to seek forgiveness and through small steps of seeking realise the Father’s love and care.
Prayer: O most approachable Father, through my thoughts, my prayers and study of Jesus and his guidance may I grow ever closer to your love and care in this world. Amen
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12 April 2015
I recall, as I prepare for two funerals, the people who I have personally known and had the honour of leading their service.
Those who I have ministered to over a number of years are the hardest and yet the easiest. Hardest because of the connections to them and easiest because the authentic heart of a relationship shines through even the sorrow of loss.
Yet in ordinary Christian folk, who have tried to follow Jesus make for beautiful recollections.
It is Easter People, however flawed, that make life joyous through simple words and gestures.
Are you an Easter Person?
Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
Watch the changes….
To see people mix – paricularly when shy. Breaking the bonds of individuality and self imposed lonliness.
Simple contact, sows seeds of future support.