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Weekly Update #17: Sunday 12th July 2020
From the Minister – Not going down the pub (just yet)
Unlike many others, I have little desire to ‘go down the pub’ at this time. I’m not desperate to get to cafés, restaurants, or book shops either, which is saying something. Truth to tell, I’m even reticent about going to church, and usually I’m hardly ever out of there. Government restrictions are easing but those within me are doing so less quickly – weeks of social distancing have an effect. This differs from individual to individual. Even twins (like Esau and Isaac) may have different personalities and responses. There are no universal rules we all must observe about the pace of our return to “normal”. So, let’s acknowledge that, and be considerate to each other in the coming weeks.
O God, you have shown great kindness to us all,
For you have spoken to us through Jesus Christ.
Encourage us, we pray,
To be kind to others and to ourselves,
And to accept kindnesses that are shown to us.
St Columba’s URC – Worship Online
More than thirty members of St Columba’s gathered online to worship on Sunday 5th July, with a service led by John Drew, and including a reflection form Trevor Jamison on who Jesus is and what that means for us. We’re intending to have a Zoom service on the first Sunday of each month, so the next one is due to take place on Sunday August 2nd at 10.30 a.m. A recording of last Sunday’s service is available from Mathew Hall.
Back to Church – Please let us know your intentions!
We intend to re-open the church building for Sunday morning worship on August 16th. Please read the description of how worship will look in this setting here. Then, to enable us to plan, please fill in and return a simple questionnaire, either online here, or by downloading a copy of the form here and responding by email, post, or telephone to Alison Drew.
‘Isaac loved Esau … but Rebekah loved Jacob.’ (Genesis 25:28) Two children, twins no less, and the parents have different favourites. In later chapters, parental failings combined with personality clashes, create a complex tale. For Israelites (descendants of Jacob), it explained or justifed their difficult relationship with Edomites (descendants of Esau). In our own time, we see similar difficulties in families. And nations love to find reasons (or excuses) for not getting on with other nations. So, when Jesus, comes along, spreading a message that God’s love includes that family member, person, or nation, with whom we’ve never really got on, will we prove to be stony or fruitful ground?
For further reflections and prayers relating to the readings, including why Jesus taught using parables, click here.
Five-minute introductions to all of the books of the Bible
Teaching staff at Fuller Theological Seminary in California offer five-minute video introductions to each book of the Bible. Which is your favourite? You can view them here.
St Columba’s Coffee and Conversation – Saturdays at
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To join by telephone, dial this local rate number: 0203 051 2874
If you can’t join in, don’t hesitate to contact Trevor to request a copy of the handout relating to the meeting
Keeping in Touch
We will keep in touch with each other. Elders will have a list of members and friends to contact each week, both to provide information and to ensure that people are safe and well. You can contact your designated Elder, the Minister, or Church Secretary.