30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW
Weekly Update #44: Sunday 31st January 2021
From the Minister Have you had yours?
I haven’t had mine yet – my vaccine jab against Covid, that is, but I know more and more who have. There are lots of people ahead of me on the list (a testament to my relative youth and general good health) so I’m not expecting to offer my arm to be jabbed any time soon, which is as it should be. Watching the scenes on tv and listening to the reports, I was reflecting that our National Health Service is not only facing a tidal wave of Covid hospital admissions, plus treating others at home, and looking after millions of people with ‘ordinary’ health conditions, but also, simultaneously, has set up and is running the largest vaccination programme in our nation’s history. All at the same time. Awesome. Astonishing. Thank you.
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WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY via ZOOM
ON THE THEME
Currently, our services are held via Zoom – every Sunday morning at 10.30 a.m., and also at 6.30 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month.
If you want to join a service or other meeting, online or by phone and are unsure about how to do so, please contact Mathew Hall (07792 782647) who will talk you through the process.
Hymns for this Sunday morning:
Rejoice the Lord is King.; Colours of day.; Lord thy church on earth is seeking;
Brother, sister let me serve you.
To receive a copy of the hymn book, Rejoice and Sing, contact Alison Drew.
To request paper copies of orders of service please contact Trevor Jamison
Other options for worshipping at home on Sunday
Other options for worshiping at home on Sunday
Online URC audio service https://devotions.urc.org.uk/ 10.00 a.m.
Radio Radio 4 Sunday Worship 8.10 a.m.
Television BBC1 Songs of Praise 13.15 p.m.
Online Yourchurch Zoom service – share nationwide worship 6.30 p.m. Click here to join
Meeting ID: 965 1457 5443 Passcode: YourChurch
DISCLAIMER: TV and Radio schedules can change, so check the timings are correct!
Bible readings for Sunday
Deuteronomy 18:15-20 A new prophet, like Moses, the bringer of the law Psalm 111 God’s great gifts to us, including food 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 Eat what you want … if it doesn’t hurt others Mark 1:21-28 Jesus, a healer, and teacher, with a new authority
I worked for a year in a council social services department. Lots of good work was done but any time anyone had an idea for doing anything new the response was, ‘Is this a statutory requirement?’ Unless the law required it, we did not offer it. In Jesus’s setting people asked ,’what does the law (provided through Moses) say?’ about this teaching or that action. Jesus, however, ‘taught them as one having [his own] authority’ (Mark 1:22); like a new Moses, or something more. So for Paul (and us), every teaching and action, even deciding what’s right to eat or not, is made with reference to ‘our one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.’
A song that responds to the readings We Cannot Measure How You Heal – a hymn by John Bell and Graham Maule
Three Elders will be stepping down from service and one Elder is eligible to stand for a further two years of service (Elders at St Columba’s serve for three years, with the option to serve for a further two years. After a break of one year they may again stand for election for a further period of service.)
If you feel this is something God might be calling you to do, please talk to Alison Drew. You may nominate someone for election but must have their permission to do so.
Closing date for nominations: Monday 22nd March – names to Alison Drew.
News Of Church Members
Sadly, we have to share news of the deaths of Agnes Shilliday and Enid Foster.
Agnes’s funeral will take place Friday 5th February at 11.15 a.m., conducted by the Reverend Gordon Connacher.
Enid’s funeral will take place on Monday 8th February at 10.30 a.m., conducted by the Reverend Trevor Jamison.
Both services will take place at Tynemouth Crematorium.
Last chance to submit
February church magazine articles!
Your articles for The Square, our church magazine, are wanted by January 31st.
They should be 300 words or less in length, and sent to Catherine Collins firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by post to 22 Lovaine Row, Tynemouth, NE30 4HF.
St Columba’s Coffee and Conversation
on Saturdays at 10.00 a.m.
Meet friends for conversation and company, online or by phone.