Weekly Update #54: Sunday 11 April 2021

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW
Weekly Update #54 – 11th April 2021
From the Minister                                       Saying it with Hearts
knitted heartstake a heart poster

From Palm Sunday onwards the church railings were festooned with knitted hearts, made by members of our congregation. Passers-by were told that ‘Easter hearts remind us of God’s love for us, shown in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ’. They were invited to take one away, ‘to remind you of God’s love for you.’ Over fifty hearts were taken. We were able to share the good news about God’s love in a way in which others wished to take part. Let’s find more ways of doing that.
Trevor           Photos by SGU

You can find more pictures on our church website

Led by Trevor Jamison.

To join the service, click here.

Meeting ID: 880 6945 7511             Telephone: 0131 460 1196


The day of resurrection!

Spirit of God, unseen as the wind

These things did Thomas count

Christ has risen while earth slumbers

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                             Songs of Praise                              1.15 p.m.

DISCLAIMER: TV and Radio schedules can change, so check the timings are correct!

Bible readings for Sunday (from the Revised Common Lectionary)
Acts 4:32-35             Sharing good news and possessions
Psalm 133                How unity is a blessing
1 John 1:1-2:2          Fellowship with God and walking ‘in the light’
John 20:19-31          ‘Jesus came and stood among them’ with a word of peace

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

Reflection on the readings         

Jesus appears to ThomasPoor Thomas. He’s forever saddled with being ‘doubting’, even though elsewhere in John’s Gospel (11:14) he’s the one prepared to follow Jesus to the death when others were hanging back. And if you or I were informed that someone had been resurrected from the dead I’m sure we would prefer to see (and feel) for ourselves, rather than just relying on what our friends said. Also, Thomas is the one who articulates the implications of what has happened: ‘My Lord and my God’ is his response. (20:28) Jesus comments that’s it’s an even greater blessing to believe without having seen. That’s good news, because that’s the only faith option on offer to you and me, since we can’t time-travel back to that locked room. Still, that shouldn’t prevent us from admiring all that was good about Thomas, and understanding his initial response on this occasion.

Image: Jesus Appears to Thomas  by Jacek Andrzej Rossakiewicz

A Song that Responds to the Readings
When Thomas Heard from Jesus – a hymn from Carolyn Winfrey Gillette which seeks to tell the ‘whole story’ about Thomas.

You can listen to it here (including the upside down keyboard playing!)

You can find the words here.

Church members –
Please Return Your Voting Papers for Election of Elders

Voting papers for election of Elders accompany this edition of the Weekly Update. Church members (and only church members) should e-mail, post or hand deliver their voting paper to Peter Matthew, to arrive by 20th April 2021.

Minutes from Church Meeting

Minutes from the meeting held on 24 March can be read, attached to the email version of the Weekly Update.

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, click here.
Meeting ID: 852 9243 1912        Passcode: 120114         Phone: 0131 460 1196

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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