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Weekly Update #66
4th July 2021
From the Minister It’s Only a Game?
I enjoy watching most sports, and at the moment both The Euros and the Tour de France feature prominently in my television watching, and Wimbledon has just started. Even at this early point, there have been several painful, spectacular crashes on le Tour. Substantial safety measures have put in place in recent years, but the number of crashes remains the same. The solution, one commentator said, is simple: don’t ride so fast, so close together – but the desire to win trumps all. There’s a good argument for saying that God, portrayed as relaxing to enjoy creation (Genesis 2:2-3), has designed play to be part of our flourishing. So, enjoy whatever game you play or watch, to whatever level you can, though remembering it’s a game, not a god.
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10 David becomes King and Jerusalem becomes his capital
Psalm 130 The glory of Zion / Jerusalem
Ezekiel 2:1-5 Called to be a prophet, even if people won’t listen
Psalm 123 ‘Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy’
2 Corinthians 12:2-19 Visions, and ‘power is made perfect in weakness’
Mark 6:1-3 Jesus, rejected in Nazareth, sends disciples elsewhere
Nathan Coley’s artwork, ‘There Will Be No Miracles Here, sits in the grounds of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. Apparently, it references a seventeenth century French royal proclamation which aimed to dampen down excitement among pilgrims to the French village of Modseine. It seems that there is a relationship between expectation and miracles. When people in Jesus’s home town, Nazareth, rejected him, Mark tells us, ‘he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them.’ (6:5) Don’t you just love the ‘except that’ in the case of Jesus. In difficult times, yearning for miracles might be a distraction from what need to be done, but rejecting their possibility might become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Something Old, Something New:
Conversations about Amos and Galatians
Thursdays 15th and 29th July, 7.15 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Two conversations (on Zoom), one about an Old Testament prophetic book, the other concerning a (very) angry letter from the Apostle Paul to Christians in Galatia, led by the Reverend Trevor Jamison. These are open to all, and no previous knowledge is required in order to take part.
Church Meeting took place on 23rd of June. We were updated about plans for remembrance and celebration events when we (finally) emerge from restrictions related to the pandemic. We also had a substantial discussion about appropriate future patterns of worship for the congregation – how many services? What types of services? And much more …
You can read about it in the minutes of the meeting in 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