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A Clue

Readings for Easter Sunday

Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10

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Thursday 20 April

It was all very well for Peter and the other disciples. They lived in a world where most  people believed in God and were happy to talk about religion. Today most people haven’t got a clue about who Jesus was or what he is supposed to have done. Where do we even start? Well, we all have a story to tell and experiences to share – about what we did at the weekend or what we have been reading lately. Peter says that God “has commanded us to preach to the people” – we may not be so sure about that but can we not find ways to talk to others about what our faith means to us and could mean to them?

Question: In a world where people are reluctant to listen to experts and are suspicious of authority, how can we play our part to help  others discover what we have found in Jesus Christ?

 Prayer: Lord, help me to share with someone today a little of who you are and what you have done for me.

 

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Easter People

Readings for Easter Sunday

Acts 10.34-43, Colossians 3.1-4; and Matthew 28.1-10

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Wednesday 19 April

What does it mean to be an “Easter People”? It means firstly to be people who have met with the Risen Jesus and begun to experience new life through the gift of the Holy Spirit. It means to be people who are beginning to live in hope and not fear – and who bring that hope to the people they meet and the places they live and work. Paul’s words “set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth” doesn’t mean that we are to be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly use – rather it means that we are to live by different priorities than those of the world around us. We are to be ambitious, not for the things of this world but for God’s priorities of faith, hope and love.

Question: What could you do to bring God’s priorities of faith, hope and love to the places you will be and the people you will meet today?

 Prayer: Lord, thank you for the new life you have given me in Christ. Show me how I can share that life with others today.

 

Crying

Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent

Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45

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Thursday 30 March

Patripassianism is a grand word. It refers to the doctrine that in the sufferings of Jesus Christ God the Father also suffered. There’s more to it than this of course,  like there are more angels on the head  of a pin than you can care to count, and technically, if you go in for this kind of stuff it’s a heresy. Theologians   can pass hours on this kind of thing of course, but in Jn 11:35 we read ‘Jesus wept’ and for me at least, if all we can see and know of God, we see and know in Jesus, then God wept and continues to weep as he walks around this world.

 My father cried, he cried as he approached his death, he cried out of concern for those he loved, and he cried because he was leaving them.

 As I get older, I find it easier to cry. I can cry for what has been,  what could have been, and what there is.  I cry for my grandchildren’s  future. I cry not because, I’m a cry baby, over-soft and sentimental, but like   Jesus, I sense a deep sorry at the heart of things that  threatens and sometimes seems to overwhelm the deeper joy. In Helen Waddell’s  novel Peter Abelard, Thibault reaches out and touches the dead rabbit in Peter’s hand and says, as he stroked his long ears, “Old lop ears, maybe this is why he died”.

 Prayer: Lord, in my tears and laugher, in the tears and laughter of those around me, help me to recognised your tears and suffering then and as you watch the world today. So you share may I share. Amen

 

Becoming

Wednesday 14 December

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I remember, at various stages of my children’s lives, thinking what will they become.

In Mary we have someone who we are told stored up the events and images of Jesus as a baby, as a toddler and as a teenager into adulthood. Not recorded formally, but Jesus lived and grew and thrived.

And oh how Mary must have wondered!

Paul in his letter to the Romans to be read next Sunday wrote: ‘Through Christ we have received grace….’

This is one of the reasons Mary is revered, she saw and wondered. What perfect grace she received and was involved with on a personal level.

Help me Lord in the diversions of today, to   find that the perfect gift is given as you are a part of our lives. I pray for grace sufficient for today and sufficient to share with others. Amen

 

Private Discovery

14 March 2015


There is a moment when Fynn and Anna meet and you wonder who is the older,  the young working man or the four year old girl?

“I wanted to put my arms around Anna to comfort her….but these were her own and very private moments which she chose to share with me, and I was honoured to share with her. I could not comfort her, I would not have dared to trespass. All that I could do was to see what she saw, and to be moved as she was moved. That kind of suffering, you must bear alone. As she said so simply, “It’s for me and Mr. God,” and there’s no answer to that.”

This was not in response to harm or hurt, but a response as this child Anna, discovers something new and fits into the knowledge and wonder of Mr. God.
Private discovery!
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Shared Grace?

18th January 2015

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The Son of God and sharer in humanity.

During the days after Epiphany we are show other visions of Jesus. We launch forward to Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist.

In a repeat of yesterday’s theme, Jesus was baptised, drenched in the Jordan as an act of repentance and forgiveness. As we were at our Baptism.

This was not just for Jesus’ followers to respond to in a similar manner, but for us to recognise that Jesus shared and shares still the grace and love of his and our Father.

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

Wedding Dress Stares

The difference between a wedding and a funeral?

Well at a funeral people walk past a hearse, church and funeral cortège without even raising their heads or making eye contact with anyone involved. Maybe a show of respect or acknowledgement of the solemnity of death.

A wedding dress and best bib and tucker (with button hole) perhaps attract the good memories of family occasions, while a black clad gathering has the opposite effect.

A wedding – passers by stand and stare or just stand and smile – in a dream-like state.

Perhaps it is easier to be happy with someone than mourn with them.