28 Dec 2020 • Weekly Notices
Hazelwell Weekly Contact 3rd January 2020
Happy New Year to Everyone at Hazelwell
Dave D’Arcy will lead
Morning Worship in church & on Zoom
this Sunday at 10.00am
Prayers are requested for
Teachers and school staff who are planning for the start of a new term with many
Moira and her family
Sue Charalambous who unfortunately tripped on uneven paving slabs on Monday
afternoon and has broken her shoulder. (She is home but incapacitated as a result.)
Businesses as they gear up to work outside the European community
We remember Frank Shelton who played a very active part in the life of our Church.
Frank passed away 4 years ago but would otherwise have celebrated his 100th birthday on Wednesday this week.
Sunday 3rd January
for Sunday Worship, led this week by Dave D'Arcey
Topic: Hazelwell Sunday Worship
Time: January 3rd 2021 10:00 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Radio 4. 8.10am. Sunday Worship
BBC 1 TV 1.15 pm. Songs of Praise.
What can we learn from the Wise Men?
First, the Wise Men began their journey because of their beliefs.
It was a common belief that when a world leader like a king was born that a special stellar phenomenon would appear in the sky. The Magi saw something that convinced them that they had seen the long-awaited sign. Historians tell us that the Jews, the Romans, and the Persians were all watching the skies about that time, looking for signs of the birth of an extraordinary king. A few years before, around 11 BC, Halley's Comet had been seen. There were other stellar phenomena, including a bright star, Sirius, which appeared brightly in the daytime instead of at night. The Wise Men saw the star and began their journey.
May God give us all inspiration for this year's journey.
Second, the Wise Men were willing to follow what they had seen into unknown territory.
Their journey took them outside their country and their comfort zone. The Wise Men risked the consequences of disobeying Herod, who was known to behave as a madman when provoked and returned to their country by another way.
The Christian journey is often an off-road excursion.
Third, the Wise Men were committed to the journey -- wherever the star might lead.
The Wise Men set out to find a newborn King by following a star and ended up in finding a baby born to young, relatively poor parents! Not exactly what they expected and not exactly what befit their dignity as priests.
In this coming year, may we look to heaven for guidance and comfort and may we accept God's blessings in whatever forms we find them, just as the Wise Men accepted that their long, expensive journey led them to a baby born to young, inexperienced parents who lived on the poor side of town.
Finally, the Wise Men brought gifts.
They did the thing that people in the East or in Africa or in India would do when visiting royalty. They brought gifts. Gold was the kind of gift that you brought to a king.
Frankincense was the kind of gift that you would bring to a priest.
Myrrh was given to someone who was about to die.