Weekly Update #53: Sunday 4 April 2021

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW
Weekly Update #53: Easter Sunday 2021
From the Minister                           Choosing Easter
Back in the 1980s a friend of mine was a teacher in a London secondary school. The student body and teaching staff represented something of the wonderful diversity that makes London such a vibrant, exciting city. Those in authority decided that school should reflect the different religious traditions that were present. One festival from each faith would be marked. Teachers from other faith groups were asked which festival they wished to celebrate, but it was simply announced that Christmas would be the Christian festival. The Christian teachers in the school requested that they would celebrate Easter instead, which caused considerable consternation. I’d never suggest cancelling Christmas or Easter, but if asked to choose between the two …

A COMMUNION SERVICE, led by Trevor Jamison, using images for the Last Supper, taken from art.
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Meeting ID: 886 7668 5274      NO PASSWORD      Telephone: 0131 460 1196

A thirty-minute, contemplative service of readings and prayer for Good Friday.

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A Communion Service, Led by Trevor Jamison.

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Meeting ID: 836 2778 1723            Telephone: 0131 460 1196


Christ the Lord is risen today

Alleluia, alleluia, give thanks to the risen Lord

See, what a morning, gloriously bright  

Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son


A communion service, led by Trevor Jamison

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Meeting ID: 853 5086 0212            Telephone: 0131 460 1196

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  Easter          10.00 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 Sunday (from the Revised Common Lectionary)
Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24  ‘        The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’
Mark 16:1-8                           An empty tomb and a message about Jesus
John 20:1-18                         An empty tomb and a meeting with Jesus
Luke 24:113-49                 Two disciples meet the risen Jesus on the way to Emmaus
1 Corinthians 15:1-11          Various resurrections appearances listed by Paul

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

Reflection on the readings         

Reflection on the readings

‘So they went out and fled from the tomb … and they said nothing to anyone for they were afraid.’ (Mark 16:8) That’s an odd way to end a Gospel. Despite being told to tell the others (16:7), the women tell no one. Actually,  even if we did not have the other Gospels, or the additional endings tacked on to the oldest version of Mark’s Gospel that we do possess, we know they must have told someone. Otherwise, how would people ever have found out about the resurrection of Jesus? Whether Mark intended to conclude his Gospel this way, or his original ending got lost somewhere, this odd ending does pose a question for followers of Jesus. Despite your fears, when and how are you going to tell others the good news? ‘For Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified … has been raised’ (16:6); he is not in the tomb.

A Song that Responds to the Readings.
On the Journey to Emmaus by Mart Haugen

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Image: Arcabas – Emmaus

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

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

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Meeting ID: 825 2148 4817     Passcode: 373961   Phone: 0131 460 1196

Peter Matthew 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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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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