Weekly Update #19: Sunday 26 July

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW
Weekly Update #19: Sunday 26th July 2020

From the Minister, well, not quite!

As Trevor is taking a well-deserved holiday, not in the Maldives I add, I have stepped into the breach for this week. Several of us have missed an eagerly awaited holiday, indeed many of us have been confined to our houses, but the time of freedom is nigh! Are we ready for it? Do we have the strength and confidence to step over the threshold to see how the world has changed? Is it a little scary perhaps? Paul writes in Romans 8: 28 “And we know that in all things God works for good in of those who love him…” and in v 31 “If God is for us, who can be against us?” It can be very difficult at times to believe these statements, when times are bad especially, but as Christians we can claim their truth and trust Him to look after us. Previously in v 26, Paul reminds us that the Spirit intercedes for us in our prayers and helps us in our weakness, so pray for His help and strength as you take ‘the first step’ outside. Remember to have your face mask with you, and be prepared for a different environment out there.


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Father, help me face reality in the knowledge that there is nothing to fear when you are near. Thank you for your promised presence in every situation. May this wonderful truth hold me secure in times of worry, pain and loss. In Jesus’ name,

Options for Worshipping at home on Sunday

Online           URC audio service (https://devotions.urc.org.uk/ )           10.00 a.m.

Radio 4                 Sunday Worship (from virtual Keswick convention)      8.10 a.m.
Radio Newcastle   Worship (with a well-known worship leader)                8.00 a.m.

Television      BBC1             Songs of Praise (with Rev. Kate Bottley)            1.15 p.m.

DISCLAIMER: TV and Radio schedules can change, so check the timings are correct!

Bible readings for Sunday

From the Revised Common Lectionary
Genesis 29: 15 – 28
A lesson for all bridegrooms on their wedding day.

Psalm 105: 1 – 11, 45b
Praise God, remembering all his deeds and promises to Abraham

Romans 8: 26 – 39
When God knows us and is good for us, we can conquer anything.

St Matthew 13: 31 – 33, 44 – 52
What is God’s kingdom worth to you?

Listen to Psalm 105: 1-11 simply sung with a simple accompaniment.

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

Reflection on the Readings

In Genesis we read how Jacob wants to marry Rachel, in Matthew we read about a man planting a mustard seed, a woman mixing yeast into dough, a man hiding a treasure in a field, and a man finding a fine pearl. They were all looking forward to the future, all of them needed to make a sacrifice to achieve their goal, be it 14 years labour or a tiny seed. What are we prepared to sacrifice to gain the glory of God’s kingdom as it is described in Psalms and Romans?

For further reflections and prayers relating to the readings, including why Jesus taught using parables, click here.

St Columba’s Coffee and Conversation – Saturdays at
10.00 a.m.

Join the conversation on the day by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 856 7769 5074, Password: 667530

To join by telephone, dial this local rate number: 0203 051 2874

For information or help, contact Mathew Hall: 07792782647 or

Online Prayer Gathering on Sundays at 6.30 p.m.

A thirty-minute opportunity for prayer together and hand it all to God, including learning a shared signed-response to some prayers.

For further information, contact Charlene Clark charleneclark@hotmail.co.uk
To join, when the time comes click here.
Meeting ID: 847 3451 8696 Password: 028882

Columba Conversations – from Thursday 18th June at 7.15 p.m.

The final discussion of the series of 6 relaxed conversations, led by Trevor Jamison, to (re)explore things we’re taught as children and might believe as adults. This week’s conversation is on Be(com)ing a Christian, on Thursday 30th July at 7.15pm

Meetings will be one hour long. To join the meeting, click on the link or telephone in.

Meeting ID: 893 5963 3132      Password: 402378       Dial  0131 460 1196

If you can’t join in, don’t hesitate to contact Trevor to request a copy of the handout relating to the meeting

Important Information

Click here to view a notice about the re-start of our Sunday worship at St. Columba’s. Please read it carefully and if you have any questions about it contact your designated elder.

Bookings will be taken from the Monday preceding the Sunday service, i.e. Monday 10th for August 16th. Please indicate which service you wish to attend.

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.

Minister: Reverend Trevor Jamison                 Church Secretary: Alison Drew
minister.northshieldsurc@gmail.com               [email protected].com
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

United Kingdom

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


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