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Glory

15. Then the whole sky filled with angels who sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth.” The angels left and the shepherds decided to go and see the baby.


Music can lift my spirit and take my whole being somewhere unexpected. What is your favourite piece of music? Does it inspire or well up melancholy into you very being. These angels singing must have been all your top ten rolled into one. Not one but a veritable host singing God’s praise; really professional worship, top draw. The shepherds so moved they left there sheep to view the child.

What will draw you from worship to action today’s?

And Yet Change is at Hand

14. Out on the hills nearby, there lived some shepherdswho were looking after their sheep. Suddenly an angel appeared and said to the shepherds, “Don’t be scared. There is wonderful news. A Saviour has been born.”

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To be quite contradictory from yesterday’s thought, into the ordinariness of shepherding sheep news of something different – “a Saviour….born.” Is the challenge of the angel – “don’t be scared!” – because the visitation or because the message? An angel would be startling, but the message is momentous. God touching life in a fleshy way alters the game of life. Faith in God is born in a baby, go and see. The occasion will change you!

Are You Barred?

13th January 2015

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These Wise-one, Kings or Magi and indeed the visiting shepherds all give vision, give Epiphany to different groups of people. The shepherds visit on behalf of the poor and lowly, the Kings represent power and wealth. The shepherd represent the downtrodden and uneducated, the wisemen the knowledgable and knowing. The shepherds are seen as the visitation of the Jewish nation, whilst the magi as the Gentile world.

In our prejudice we would easily keep someone from meeting Jesus. Whoever the wise-ones or shepherds represent, they too would naturally turn into gate keepers; blocking the Jew or Gentile, the rich or poor, the wise, who got the wrong theology or the simple, because they could not understand.

The Epiphany showing is that there is real open invitation to visit Him.

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

Angels and Then More Angels.

10th January 2015

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The shepherd account begins with an angel and then a myriad of angels – how disturbing!

The shepherds were well into their night shift, gate keepers and wolf scarers, whiling the time away and a stranger appears. Forget the wings and shiny white glowing individual, the news given and where it was occurring was troubling enough. Why were they chosen? Could it be true?

The addition of the host of angels in full praise mode wiped out the ‘why me’ question and the ‘truth’ issue was probably overwhelmed as well.

Oh that our faith was so brilliant, so secure! Sometimes, it must be said, our Spirit guidance can be as definite.

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

Ocine Keeper’s Wonder.

Friday 9th January 2015

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How the church too often make much of it’s simplicity whilst holding onto buildings and wealth. In the shepherds of Christmas there is recognition of the poor and lowly nature of the followers of Jesus. The shepherds came as themselves, to recognise what they had been told was real. Wide-eyed and probably fearful they went into town expecting what…?

What do we expect of Jesus?

The shepherds must have been she’ll-shocked from the angel visitation. I can’t imagine them humming along with the angelic ‘Gloria’. More likely the ‘mighty dread’ of the carol would have been more realistic. However, they did what was asked and then found a baby in similar circumstances to their own, poor and lowly.

Even as a baby I’m fairly sure Jesus spoke to them. He was found to be like them, small and vulnerable….found to be like them….how real!?

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

Ordinary

Thursday 8th January 2015

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The greatest impression of the Bethlehem shepherds is that they are ordinary.

No scrub that idea for they were less than ordinary. If you were retelling the arrival of the son of God, you probably would’ve imagine poor, smelly, no hope or dream shepherds to be included in the visitors list.

Indeed the style police and door keepers would have kept them well clear. This is until you remember the stable and birth place. Not less than ordinary individuals but rather on a par and normal for this poor and lowly birth of the most magnificent.

Do not be over humble in thinking that God is either beyond nor beneath you. Whatever your ordinariness – Jesus has been there!

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