Weekly Update #127 – 16 October

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW

Weekly Update #127
16th October 2022

From the Minister                                                   Least Favourite Hymn?

Sometimes, churches have “Songs of Praise” services, inviting members to choose their favourite hymns, perhaps saying why they have made that choice. I know we have done this at Saint Columba’s. Some churches have even managed to turn this into a fund-raising event, with members bidding to have their hymn choice included in the service – I’ll let our Social Events Team mull that one over! I’ve also heard of one church that did things the other way around. Members were invited to bid for their least favourite hymn. The one who bid the most won the right to veto the hymn from appearing anywhere in church life during the next twelve months. Which hymn you would you pay the most for in order not to have to sing it in church? (Answers to the minister in cash-filled plain brown envelopes please.)  Often, it’s the tune that does it. The Day of the Lord Shall Come As Prophets Foretold (Rejoice and Sing 637) is to the tune, Air Falalalo. I can sing that three times at most before I get tired of it. In this hymn you get to sing it EIGHT times! On other occasions the words that just grate. Feel free to tell me and others about your most and least favourite hymns, and why. Bear in mind though, your ‘most-hated’ hymn might be someone else’s favourite.

Trevor                               Image by Wolfgang Heubeck from Pixabay

‘When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; death of death, and hell’s destruction, land me safe on Canaan’s side: songs of praises, songs of praises, I will ever give to thee.’


William or John Williams (1754-1828)

Worship Services at Saint Columba’s – Sunday 16th October
10 .30 a.m. service led by Trevor Jamison

NEXT SUNDAY – October 23rd 
10.30 a.m. led by Hannah Middleton, Northern Synod Children’s Work Adviser

Livestreamed worship from St Columba’s

Each Sunday morning we livestream our services from Saint Columba’s.  To watch the service live, catch up with it later in the week, or view previous services, click here.

Bible readings for this week
Bible readings for Sunday       

Jeremiah 31:27-34               God’s law is located within our hearts
Psalm 119:97-104                Through God’s ‘precepts we gain understanding
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5               Scripture is useful for …
Luke 18:1-8                           A parable about a cynical judge and persistent widow

You can read the Bible passages online at https://www.biblegateway.com/

Reflection on the Readings                                What Use is Scripture?
According to the writer of 2 Timothy 3:16, ‘All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.’ Given when that was written, almost two thousand years ago, in the very early years of the Christian Church, they were not writing about the New Testament – the four Gospels and the letters from the Apostle Paul and others. They were writing about Jewish scriptures, which we often call ‘the Old Testament’. This also is what Jesus was talking about when he referenced or quoted ‘scripture’. The Old Testament was his bible. All this constitutes a strong hint to us to approach the Old Testament part of the Bible positively: ‘Oh, how I love your law. It is my meditation all day long.’ (Psalm 119:97) It’s in the Old Testament that we first hear that God will write God’s law in our hearts, not just on paper (31:33), and will forgive the people’s ‘iniquity, and remember their sin now more.’ (Jeremiah 31:33, 34)

Image: ‘Old Woman Reading’ by Gerard Dou (1613-1675) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gerard_Dou_005.jpg.

A hymn that respond to the readings

‘God has spoken by his prophets, spoken his unchanging word’, sung here by a choir from Victoria Methodist Church, Bristol

To Listen, Click Here

News and Notices

Thanks for Response to Christian Aid Pakistan Appeal

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the retiring offering at last week’s service for aid to those affected by floods in Pakistan – £276 was given on the day.

Image: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/support-dec-pakistan-floods-appeal

News and Notices

Exploring Ephesians

Trevor Jamison continues to lead eight weekly sessions on The Letter to the Ephesians, Thursdays in-person at Saint Columba’s repeated at 7.15 p.m. on Mondays on Zoom. Details about the series is available here.

Click on the link to take part on Zoom.

Granny’s Attic Sale at Saint Columba’s, Saturday 29th October, 10.00 a.m.

(Please bring your donations of items for sale to the church on Friday 28th October, between 2.00 p.m. and 4.00 pm)

Some Changes in Sunday Morning Worship from Sunday October 30th

From October we’ll be making some small changes to the way we commence worship, and what we do during worship. Most of these move us closer to how things were done before COVID came along. See next week’s Update for details.

Next Week’s Update – Sunday 23rd October 2022

Trevor Jamison will edit the next Update. To get your information in both the online and printed editions, please have it with him by Tuesday 18th October.

Keeping in Touch

You can contact your Elder, the Minister, or Church Secretary.

Minister: The Reverend Dr Trevor Jamison     Church Secretary: Alison Drew
minister.northshieldsurc@gmail.com               [email protected]
0191 290 1193         07896 899538                 0191 251 9774

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St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square

North Shields, Tyne and Wear NE30 1PW

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St Columba’s United Reformed Church Charity is a registered charity in England & Wales, number 1164784.

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