We celebrate Candlemas this week, also known as the feast of the Presentation of Christ. We would normally have had lighted candles in Church to remind us of Simeon who held the Christ child, the light of the nations, in his arms.
At the end of this season of Epiphany I make comparison in my sermon today between the journey of Magi who make their long journey to find the Christ child, and Simeon and Anna and their own lifelong journey to come face to face with the promised Messiah.
We had our first prayer zoom last week on Thursday morning. This was a new thing for us as a congregation, to pray together virtually, and it was wonderful to be able to do so. Last week was an opportunity to pray for family and friends. This week the focus is on NHS Frontline staff and all keyworkers. So maybe see you this Thursday – you will find the zoom invite in the link below.
I am sorry to say that we made the decision to cancel our virtual Christingle service today. I am, however, delighted to say that as a parish we have made a donation of £1,300 to the Children’s Society. If you would wish to make a donation to the work of the Children’s Society please go to their website.
Today at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, old Simeon proclaims Christ as the light of the nations and the glory of God’s people Israel. A blessing of light to close, from God the Father of light:
May God the Father,
who led the wise men by the shining of a star,
the find the Christ, the light from light,
lead you also in your pilgrimage to find the Lord. Amen.
Virtual Service 31 January