Weekly Update #47: Sunday 21 February 2021

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW
Weekly Update #47: Sunday 21st February 2021 
From the Minister                           Promises, promises …    
On Monday 15th February the Westminster government announced it had made good on its promise to offer a jab to everyone in the top four priority groups in the UK. Congratulations to all who made that possible. Those in government must relieved to have delivered on a Covid-related promise, given that their recent record on Covid promise-keeping had been less than perfect. So now they are under pressure to make more promises, about the timing of relaxing restrictions! Today’s Bible readings (see below) include a well-known one about God’s promise not to destroy the earth, whatever life’s ups and downs. Whatever my uncertainties about what happens next, or how long current troubles will endure, God’s intention is not for my destruction, others’ destruction, or the destruction of the world. It’s for our flourishing and fulfilment, and I find that rather comforting.


Image: Photograph by John Turner, taken from North Shields, looking towards Tynemouth https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/gallery/your-photos-super-rainbow-enjoyed-across-8908162

Reflective songs for the beginning of Lent
God is the Friend of Silence by Paul Zach. Inspired by a comment from Mother Teresa: ‘We need to find God and God cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence.
To listen Click Here
‘Create in me a clean heart, O God’ (Psalm 51:10) begins this beautiful song from The Acappella Company.
To listen Click Here


10.30 A.M. MORNING Service

Led by the Reverend John Paul

To join the service, Click Here

Meeting ID: 851 0677 0216            Telephone: 0131 460 1196


Immortal, Invisible,  God only wise

Faithful One Never Unchanging

Abide With Me

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.

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

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

Radio              Radio 4                      Sunday Worship                8.10 a.m.   

Television     BBC1 
NEW: Sunday Worship for Lent                                                 11.00 a.m.
Songs of Praise                                                                             1.15 p.m.
DISCLAIMER: TV and Radio schedules can change, so check the timings are correct!
Bible readings for this week:
Genesis 9:8-17         The rainbow as a sign of …
Psalm 25:1-10          God as our trustworthy guide through life
1 Peter 3:18-22         The righteous one who suffered for the sake of the unrighteous
Mark 1:9-15               Baptised in the Jordan, tempted in the wilderness
You can read the Bible passages online at https://www.biblegateway.com/

Reflection on all the Readings        God’s covenant with …?

People who have heard the stories associated with Noah (Genesis 6-10) are most likely to remember three things – a flood, an ark full of animals, and a rainbow in the sky. The latter is the sign of God’s covenant commitment to no more earth-destroying floods. Any covenant, contract, or agreement requires two parties. This one is widely known as the covenant between God and Noah, but that’s a bit misleading. ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I made between me and you [Noah] and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations.’ (Genesis 9:12) God’s promises are made not only to Noah (humankind) but to all living creatures. So loving what God loves includes not only our human neighbours but all other creatures, and the planet (including its rainbows) whose God-given ecological system sustains us all.

Image: https://northshieldsurc.org.uk/whats-on/regular-activities/1st-north-shields-rainbows-brownies/

For a sermon, Trevor Jamison preached at St Columba’s (but not the one in North Shields) which responds to this week’s readings, Click Here

A song that responds to the readings

Who Put the Colours in the Rainbow?

To listen Click Here

We are sorry to inform you of the death of our fellow church member, Anne Nathan. Anne’s funeral will take place on Monday 1st March at 12.00 p.m. at Tynemouth Crematorium. The service will be conducted by the Reverend Trevor Jamison.
Car crash at Church
Mathew Hall had a narrow escape on 10th February. As he exited the church, after completing a building’s safety check, a car coming round the corner in Northumberland Square skidded on the ice, ploughing into the railings. Thankfully Mathew only has some bruises. The church is now minus a couple of sections of railing, and our (new!) freestanding notice board has taken on a list. All that can be fixed, however, and is minor in comparison to what might have been.

Lent Discussion Group Opportunities

There’s a choice of online Lent discussion groups this year. Feel free to join the one(s) that speak to you.

Saint Columba’s URC
Palms and Passion: Arriving in the City, Going to the Cross
Thursdays at 7.15 p.m., from this Thursday, February 18th – FOUR sessions, led by Trevor Jamison, following the story as it’s told in Mark’s Gospel. In week 1 we talk about Jesus entering Jerusalem and overturing tables in the temple.

For Zoom link, click here

Meeting ID: 896 6090 0262            Telephone: 0131 460 1196

Churches Together in North Shields
Jesus: Love in Action
Mondays at 1.30 p.m. or Wednesdays at 7.30 p.m., from 22nd and 24th February – FIVE SESSIONS, using readings from Marks’ Gospel, seeking clues to how disciples of Jesus might contribute to a nation’s recovery from Covid 19.

To take part on Mondays, contact Steve Dixon [email protected]

To take part on Wednesdays, contact Adam Gray [email protected]

URC Northern Synod
Holy Habits: Following Jesus

Wednesdays at 7.00 p.m., from February 24th – SIX sessions, using Andrew Roberts’ book, Holy Habits in Lent: The Life and Passion of Jesus. For details and to book a place, contact Jane Rowell Tel: 07716 637584.

For Zoom link, click here

Meeting ID: 925 0468 4888             Passcode: holyhabits

Church AGM and Nominations for Election of Elders

Our AGM in April, which will include the election of Elders. If you feel service as an Elder 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.

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

Meet friends for conversation and company, online or by phone.

When you are ready with your coffee, Click Here

Meeting ID: 844 9859 6296    

Passcode: 566473    

Phone: 01314601196

Keeping in Touch – Your contact details

If your contact details (address, telephone or email) change please make sure to inform our Church Secretary Alison Drew.

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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