24. 2000 years later, we come with the shepherds, with the wise men, with Mary and Joseph; to worship Jesus and to wonder at the child who would save the world.
The focus of Advent is the coming of Jesus at Christmas and His return. As we have retold the Christmas story through the Huddersfield Parish Church Advent calendar we have encountered what it means that “God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit” is with us. We have heard and responded with small significant moments of worship, moved our focus from ourselves, beyond to focus on God and neighbour. This is the Jesus effect! From the Godly realm to a human state and earthly relationships. As Jesus said after the parable of the Good Samaritan – “Go, do likewise!
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22. The wise men gave frankincense, to show that Jesus was God.
Other than the odd incense stick – frankincense is somewhat out of fashion. Yes, it still resides in some churches and eastern religions, but on the whole Frankincense only brings people into a state of coughing when liberally used. But in ancient time fragrant incense was seen as a pleasing offering and a symbol of prayers rising.
As you think today about this gift from the wise men ask yourself what would be a pleasing offering to God, this day. Make your prayer rise today as smoke from incense rises and fills a room. Show your understanding of Jesus as God.
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16. The shepherds found the baby and then were so happy and excited that they told lots of other people the news.
I always dream of one of the shepherds turning out to be one of Jesus favoured disciples some years later. From their calling to the stable in Bethlehem, their visitation and their spreading of the news; they waited and watched.
Here is the nub of our faith; we hear, we act and we tell. When we are comfortable with this path we will be drawn into repetition. We cannot stop hearing, but then neither can we cease acting as Jesus called and neither can we stop telling of the worth and worship we find in Jesus presence.
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So tomorrow is Advent Sunday and if you have looked at each of the ‘thoughts’ for this week you have in some way prepared for tomorrow.
The address may well be like ‘bingo’ as you listen to the themes and thoughts of the service and specifically the sermon.
Give a little thought then to the news this week and perhaps come offering issues into God’s presence in your church. What weighs you down? Come prepared to leave them at the foot of the cross and in the sphere of Jesus presence. Come in an understanding that the Holy Spirit has been with you this week as you have given time to God.
Heavenly Father, I give you thanks for the time I have spent in your presence this week and for your Spirit’s presence as I move towards worship tomorrow. Let your grace rest within each person and situation I carry into Holy Space, in Jesus name. Amen
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Wednesday 6th January
So how wise were these kings or magi that visited the baby/toddler Jesus.
They brought gifts of significance and meaning, they followed this star…..
….but they went to a palace and ask a tyrant who had no new offspring. Why didn’t Herod snaffle their treasures?
What was their Epiphany when they eventually reached their destination?
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