Weekly Update #49: Sunday 7 March 2021

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW
Weekly Update #49: Sunday 7th March 2021 (Third Sunday of Lent)
From the Minister               Not So Meek and Mild
All four Gospels report the occasion when Jesus ‘cleansed’ the temple by driving out people doing business on the premises. It happened towards the end of Jesus’s ministry, but John places it near the beginning of his Gospel, to emphasize how important this was. Jesus never condemned anyone for making money, as such, though he did have views about what you do with the money you make. What made him angry here was that making money was displacing worship and prayer, which was what a temple was for. There’s a lesson here for churches (and maybe other organizations too). As we emerge from lockdown, how will we make sure to focus on the things we are here to do, and not allow some other activity or value to take centre stage? After all, who wants to get Jesus angry?


Image: ‘Christ Driving the Moneychangers’ 1626. By Rembrandt ( or a related artist) http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rembrandt_Harmensz._van_Rijn_024.jpg


Led by the Reverend Trevor Jamison


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Meeting ID: 813 3198 8776            NO PASSWORD     Telephone: 0131 460 1196


Be still for the presence of the Lord

Let us build a house where love can dwell

He came down that we might have love 

                   6.30 P.M. EVENING SERVICE                   
Led by Mr John Drew


Come on and celebrate;

Lord, I come to you;

Come and see;

All hail the power of Jesus Name

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 Meeting ID: 952 7254 2045           NO PASSWORD

Telephone: 0131 460 1196

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 in the weeks when the service is led by the Minister or members from Saint Columba’s, 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                             Sunday Worship for Lent             11.30 a.m.
                     BBC1                             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:
Exodus 20:1-17                    God speaks ten words we take as commandments
Psalm 19                              God at work in the structures of creation and the law
1 Corinthians 1:18-25          Christ, the power and wisdom of God
John 2:13-22                        Jesus has a clear out in the Jerusalem temple
You can read the Bible passages online at https://www.biblegateway.com/
Reflection on the readings          What Should I Do?

If you asked me which verses of the Bible that I think are sadly neglected, I would include the Ten Commandments. In former times they were displayed on walls inside the churches. They’re not so popular nowadays, perhaps being seen as authoritarian and/or negative – all those ‘nots’. Reading God’s ten ‘words’ (20:1) in such a narrow way does not do them justice, or help us live our lives. Better to follow the tradition that says, ‘so if that’s what forbidden, what does it suggest I should do, and in what settings?’ So, for example, I know I should not take without permission. Perhaps I should also give to those in need without thought of return.

Photo by Adrian Curiel on Unsplash

A song that responds to the readings

Jesus, finding a place of worship in danger of turning into a marketplace, is angered. This hymn is not afraid to talk about Jesus as ‘raging in the street’

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We are sorry to inform you of the death of our fellow church member Sylvia Carr, who had a long association with St Columba’s.

Her funeral is due to be conducted by Trevor Jamison, with details of that to follow.

Easter Hearts

For Easter, we are all encouraged to make a heart, by knitting or drawing, or copying from the computer. Then we place it in our windows to show the love of Jesus Christ. We would like to place hearts around the rails of the garden at Church – we have a pattern!!!! If you would like to knit a heart, please let Shirley McKay or Norma McAvoy know. It would look lovely.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Lent Discussion Group 

Palms and Passion: Arriving in the City, Going to the Cross

Thursdays at 7.15 p.m. FOUR sessions, led by Trevor Jamison, following the story as it’s told in Mark’s Gospel. In Week 3 (4th March) we talk about prayer, betrayal, and naked fear (Mark 14:32-52).

To access the group, click here.

Meeting ID: 896 6090 0262            Telephone: 0131 460 1196

Church AGM and Nominations for Election of Elders

Our AGM will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 21st April, at 7.15 p.m. This will include the election of Elders. Closing date for nominations for Elders election: Monday 22nd March – names to Alison Drew. Induction of Elders will take place during morning worship on Sunday 2nd May.

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

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

To join the meeting, Click Here

Meeting ID: 890 1397 6288            Passcode: 014027   Phone: 0131 460 1196

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no meeting on March 13th, but meetings will resume on March 20th

Alison Drew is Hosting this Week

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

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

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