Maureen’s Candlemas sermon – 3rd February 2014

Bible Readings:
Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 2: 22-40 Page

Candlemas falls mid-winter so there are many weather proverbs, one of which is:

If Candlemas be fair and bright
Winter will have another fight
If Candlesmas brings cloud and rain
Winter won’t come again.

We gather here this morning as other Sunday mornings to Pause and Ponder and to present ourselves before God.
I suppose this mornings readings and thoughts are full of ‘P’s, but not the green variety: of Praise, Purification, Prophecy, Patience, Perseverence, Prayer, Peace to mention a few.

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