Weekly Update #50: Sunday 14 March 2021

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW
Weekly Update #50: Sunday 14th March 2021 (Fourth Sunday of Lent)
From the Minister               Fifty Updates And Still Going
 My first thought was that I would illustrate this item with the first image ever to appear in our church’s Weekly Update. That turned out to be a photograph of me that had been deemed suitable (by someone else) to illustrate the ‘From the Minister’ article. I decided to spare you that. It’s astonishing to think that fifty editions of Weekly Update have been written, edited, and distributed, by email, by post, and by hand. Whilst never suggesting that Covid-19 has been a ‘good thing’, some good things have emerged as we have been forced to respond to it. One of these has been renewed, regular links between the church and its members, which is something that we won’t want to lose as things return to ‘normal’.
Trevor                                                                         Photo by Elisa on Unsplash


Led by Doctor Ann Sinclair

A member at St Andrew’s URC, Monkseaton, Ann, is an Assembly Accredited Lay Preacher and is also Northern Synod’s Lay Preaching Commissioner.
To join the serviceClick Here  
Meeting ID: 847 7374 1529            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             11.15 a.m.
                     BBC1                             Songs of Praise                              13.15 p.m.
DISCLAIMER: TV and Radio schedules can change, so check the timings are correct!
Bible readings for this week:
Numbers 21:4-9                    Poisonous serpents and divine healing
Psalm 107:1-3, 17-21          Sick through sin, healed through love
Ephesians 2:1-10                 Dead through trespasses, made alive through Christ
John 2:3:14-21                     ‘So must the Son of man be lifted up’
You can read the Bible passages online at https://www.biblegateway.com/
Reflection on the readings         

‘And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.’ (John 3:14) The Hebrew people, traveling from slavery to freedom, are complaining about the itinerary and the quality of food (Numbers 24). They end being bitten by poisonous serpents, and can only find healing through gazing upon a bronze serpent, which Moses lifts up on a pole before them. This story stuck in the Jewish memory – it got included in Psalm 107. And in John’s Gospel, Jesus most likely links his being lifted up on the cross to the Old Testament story. There’s a tendency to understand solely sin in terms of rule-breaking (‘trespasses’ – Ephesians 2:1), but it’s also a condition, a sickness, from which we can be made well.

O lift us up, strong Son of God;
restore our fallen race;
We who have marred your image shall
regain it through your grace.
The subtle serpent of our sin
ensnares our helpless feet;
The lifted serpent of your health
can make our souls complete.
            Cyril G. Hambly (1931 – ) (R&S 337)

A song that responds to the readings

‘For by grace you Have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.’ (Ephesians 2:8) Listen to an a cappella version of the hymn, Amazing Grace, sung by Peter Hollens and the singing group, Home Free

To ListenClick Here

Image: Olney Hymns, 1779. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/Amazing_grace_in_OlneyHymns1779.jpg

Following the death of our fellow church member, Sylvia Carr, her funeral is due to take place on Wednesday 24th March at Tynemouth Crematorium Chapel, 10.30 a.m., followed by a graveside committal at 11.00 a.m.

The service will be conducted by the Reverend Trevor Jamison.

Easter Hearts – Keep Them Coming!

For Easter we are all encouraged to make a heart, by knitting or drawing, or copying from the computer. Some we place it in our windows to show the love of Jesus Christ. We are also placing knitted hearts on the church railings for people to take away. Shirley McKay or Norma McAvoy are delighted by the numbers received so far but are happy to receive yet more. Contact either one for further information.

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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

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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