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A Dry Place.

Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42

Monday 13th March


When we hear of time spent in the wilderness, what do we picture? An arid dry place? Somewhere familiar, or a landscape beyond our experience? We live in one of the most built up areas in our country, but an area where we are never far from the moors. I wonder what landscape we picture?   I wonder if a distant wilderness is more frightening because of its unknown dangers, or if it is the desolation of the familiar moors which strikes us cold, because we may be only too aware of its dangers.

In Sunday’s reading from Exodus, God’s people are travelling from the wilderness “by stages”, and journeying towards the place God has   promised them. There is danger, there is risk. There is the known and   the unknown. And there is God.

Question: As we find ourselves in the middle of Lent 2017, I wonder what stage of the journey from wilderness to promise we find ourselves at.   Are we in the middle of a journey from unbelief to faith? We may be   confident of our direction and hopeful of our destination – or we may find ourselves unable to see an end to the wilderness of work, stress, anxiety and pressure.

Prayer: Creator God, you are the God of my everyday, the close & familiar – and you are the God of the wilderness places in my life and heart. Open the eyes of my heart to feel your presence on this journey. Amen.




Well Pleased.

21st January 2015


“This is my Son, my beloved of whom I am well pleased!”

John the Baptist, and others who were present witnessed this dedication. Jesus reacted by retiring into the solitude of the wilderness to contemplate this dedication.

The Son of God and sharer in humanity – two titles we might give to Jesus. So how about you?

“My child, my beloved of whom I am well pleased!” – how do you feel about that? How will you react to hearing this statement.

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


Lent, expectation not unlike Advent, but with a greater emphasis, for those who observe the season, to look for God.

On Sunday Anna, (associate priest) spoke of finding the wilderness within and then seeking contact with the divine through that solitude.

The outworking? Our observance to seek the quiet wilderness through whatever we choose as our observance.

At Huddersfield Parish Church there are a number of resources to speak to this internal wilderness – see the main web site!