Readings for Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 1:20-end, Ephesians 5:8-14; 13-17 & John 9
Tuesday 21st March
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
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Thursday 10th March
A interesting contact, and a pattern for Huddersfield Parish Church.
A woman walks into church, one of the priest staff is loitering and strikes up a conversation. They had been looking for a church in which to baptise their baby.
“Wasn’t St. Peter’s beautiful and wasn’t it warm and would they be able to bring their baby?”
Practicalities covered and questions answered and ask, a simple conversation.
Then the God moment – “Could I be baptised too? But on a different occasion?”
More affirmation and a small service after the main Sunday service.
From contact to commitment, and no stumbling blocks put in the way.
14 April 2015
Easter people – St. Margaret of Hood Green, a waif of a woman when I first met her, but she had never had any great size to her. Yet she had the biggest and most generous of hearts.
When turned ninety and still independent she began to fail. She stayed in her own home only because the dustman called every day and made her fire and loaded the coal buckets; the milk lady fetched Margaret’s shopping and the postman called before and after work. Margaret couldn’t understand their kindnesses.
For years though, Margaret had fed and watered each of them. The dustman an oven bottom bread cake filled with ham, the postie and milk lady receive similar and regular benefits of Margaret’s simplest of generocities.
Simple service repaid!
Easter lived out.
Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield