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Transformed

Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9

Friday 24th March

The disciples dismissed the blind man  (at least at first) as just an ex23ample of some rigid moral rule. As the story goes on it becomes clear that this is not a man to be dismissed, His response to Jesus is straightforward and insightful. His responses to the religious authorities who grill him is brave – not to say a touch  impertinent. This man has met Jesus and had his whole life  transformed and he is such a positive presence in this story: not some pious shadow, but wholly alive.

Thoughts and Prayer: Pray today for fullness of life: for yourself, for those close to you and for other people too: the capacity to live with joy and in the middle of life with all that it brings

 

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Words and Meaning

Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9

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Wednesday 22nd March

As a small child Samuel was given to God:           a small number of words, carrying a lot of meaning : both pain and promise. Just as there was a heavy cost for Hannah, so there was for Samuel too. Samuel grew up with Eli, seeing his parents only once a year and he became, as Hannah had intended a servant of God: assisting Eli in his work and later having a prophetic role in the whole nation. But in the story we read this week, Samuel was a small child removed from the familiar and put down somewhere new with people he had never met. At this point the situation doesn’t look promising.

Thoughts and Prayer: So today take time to pray for children who have been left: separated from parents: for refugees and for children whose parents can’t look after them. And pray also for the Elis: foster carers and others looking after children.

 

Hannah

Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9

Tuesday 21st March 20

 

Hannah had longed for a child for a very long time. She had prayed desperately in her distress. Finally her prayers were answered   and she had a son, Samuel. But this story doesn’t end there. When Samuel is weaned Hannah takes him and leaves him with Eli,  a priest at Shiloh, a holy place ; Samuel’s life would be dedicated to God’s service. This goes well beyond the ‘letting go’ that all parents need to do when their children  grow up. This is not just a happy ever after story: and though the particular circumstances are very unusual, the experiences & emotions are common.

 

 Thoughts and Prayer: Spend some moments holding before God in prayer those who long for children and for those separated from their children  for whatever reason

 

 

 

 

Mothering

Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent

1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9

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Monday 20th March

During this week we are looking towards the 4th Sunday of Lent, though most of us will know it best as Mothering Sunday. Though traditionally a (rare) Sunday off when domestic servants were allowed to travel home to their ‘mother church’, Mothering Sunday has become a day when we celebrate motherhood and show our loving     appreciation of our own mothers.

But with the gratitude and joy Mothering Sunday can also be a difficult day, for those grieving lost loved ones or those who have known pain and difficulty in their family life. Next Sunday’s readings from1 Samuel and from John’s Gospel take us into the pains as well as the joys of human families, into the realities of the world in which we try to follow Jesus.

Thoughts and Prayer: Read these passages slowly then pray – for our own families and for families we know, bringing both gratitude & grief to God.

Who Me?

28th January 2015

Jesus was an unlikely Messiah, with his background.

That’s the whole point.

Nathanael equally seemed an unlikely disciple, with his prejudice and his preconceptions.

Yet, God uses unlikely people in the service of the kingdom, now as ever, whether it’s a boy Samuel, a shepherd David, a reluctant Moses, a runaway Jonah… or us.

God knows us, with our weaknesses as well as our strengths, sees our potential and calls us, either directly or through friends like Philip who wouldn’t take no for an answer?

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