1. In the beginning there was God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The focus of Advent would usually be the coming of Jesus at Christmas and His return. Yet as we retell the Christmas story through the Huddersfield Parish Church Advent calendar the writer of our account begins with the opening from Genesis: “in the beginning”. We are asked then immediately to broadens out our vision straight into the Trinity. We are taken from the beginning of creation and drawn into the fuller Jesus story; our very salvation. So as we wait for the coming we should remember “God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit” is with us on the anticipated journey.
Pray at the start of this Advent journey for God accompanying us through the retelling and our thoughts that develop
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Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent
Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42
Thursday 16th March
As the week turns we turn towards Sunday’s Gospel – the story of the woman at the well – and we meet Jesus the rule breaker. After 2000 years of Christianity – of what you might call ‘organised religion’ – it can be easy in the every day to forget that the Jesus we follow is not a man of the well-worn and familiar. He is a man who strikes out on new paths – because he comes to fulfil the spirit of the law, not its letter. Jesus is all about living out the real meaning of God’s presence and intention in our creation. Our human nature is to seek pattern, familiarity, security – and we can become so tied to this that we forget. We forget that God created us to transcend these bonds – and sent Jesus to show us just how to do that. I wonder who we might speak to this week that people in our community might not expect us, Christians, to talk to? What dividing lines might we have the courage to cross, confident in God’s call to share the truth of His love?
Question: Who are the people you think you shouldn’t speak to or mix with in your community or the world around you?
Prayer: Rule breaking God, break down in me all that is unwilling to serve your way of love. Give me courage to serve your Son, my Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Friday 26 February
Sunday I met a lady and their son in a Colne valley church. Later that afternoon, after a gentle evensong the same lady and child came into Huddersfield Parish Church to shelter from the rain and as part pilgrimage for her mother who was a regular wanderer into St. Peter’s.
In conversation, it turns out her mother was my old Greek friend, a lady I had mentioned in a blog 18 months or more ago.
It was one of those God moments of subtle reconciliation. Not specifically Lenten but beautifully innocent as my elderly friend who stopped wandering because of her stroke, an ailment that apparently restored her mind and therefore her very self to her daughter.
I remember her because she was so determined and secure that she was God’s friend, in all her life and all her travels.
May she rest in peace and rise in glory – and why not because God, after all, is her friend.
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