Weekly Update #77 – 3 October 2021

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW

Weekly Update #77
3rd October 2021

From the Minister

All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voice with us sing, Alleluia, alleluia!

Saint Francis of Assisi (b. c.1181) died today, the 3rd of October, in 1226. He was a preacher and a mystic, and the founder of the Franciscan order. It’s thought that he organised the first Christmas live nativity scene, to celebrate the birth of Jesus. He is known for his love of animals and the natural environment. In the Roman catholic tradition he’s the patron saint of ecology, and the hymn All Creatures of Our God and King is attributed to him. In a time of climate crisis, and with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) soon to take place in Glasgow, it’s good to remember that Christian concern for creation is not a recent fad but a longstanding, significant part of our shared life. Let all things their creator bless, and worship God in humbleness O praise him, alleluia!


Image © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons

For a short video about the importance and purpose of the COP26 climate change conference, due to take place in Glasgow at the end of this month:

Please Click Here

Prayer      (Attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Amen.

Song              All Creatures of Our God and King

Sung by the congregation of Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

An a cappella version from TheNCrew

WORSHIP FOR SUNDAY  3rd October 2021– 10.30 a.m.
at Saint Columba’s
Led by Mrs Shirley McKay, with a visiting speaker from Compassion UK
Sunday Coffee Following Worship
From Sunday 3rd October We resume offering refreshments in the church hall after the service.

We have sufficient volunteers to offer this for the next few weeks. Additional volunteers – please contact Alison Drew.


Click Here to remind yourselves of how things work at this time to keep people safe in the building.
What’s Saint Francis saying to Reformed Church folk today?
Led by the Reverend Trevor Jamison,
October 4th is the feast day of Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) What might the life and teaching of such a saint have to say to us in a time of great concern for the world’s environment?

Image © Marie-Lan Nguyen / Wikimedia Commons

To Join the Service Click Here

Meeting ID: 842 5102 5349            Telephone 0131 460 1196

Options for worshipping at home on Sundays

Radio 4                   Sunday Worship                                                                  8.10 a.m.
Online                    URC audio service   https://devotions.urc.org.uk/              10.00 a.m. 
Television              BBC 1  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

Job 1:1; 2:1-10                     What if God arranged for blameless people to suffer?
Psalm 26                               A prayer to receive justice from God
Genesis 2: 18 – 24                 People need helpers and partners
Psalm 8                                  How great (or humble) are God’s human creatures
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12         God speaks to us through a human being
Mark 10:2-16                         Breaking the bonds between people

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

Reflection on the Readings

It’s very hard to get away from the notion that God ought to reward people and punish the bad (especially if you see yourself as ‘good’). This is despite the abundant evidence that bad things happen to good people, and not so good folk get away with all sorts of bad things. Whoever wrote the Book of Job thought hard about this and wrote a story (it might be an instructive tale, not history) about one ‘blameless and upright’ (1:1) person whose faith in God is tested by extreme suffering. Early in the story Job asks, ‘Shall we receive the good at the hand of God and not receive the bad?’ (2:10) Or to put it the other way around, we might hold God responsible when things go wrong for us, but only if we acknowledge God’s responsible for the good things as well. That’s not a definitive answer to ‘the problem of suffering’, but, like the book as whole, it’s part of the ongoing conversation we need to have.

Songs that respond to the readings 

Two very different versions of Psalm 8

Version 1

Version 2 

At our Church Meeting talked about how worship in the building is proceeding, how the church finances remain robust, and (slow) progress on building work. We heard about Café 2.21 first day of business after reopening and about the generous donation made to Nite Bite at our harvest service. There was news of plans about future ministerial deployment in Northern Synod, and we agreed to have a ministry student on placement with St Columba’s from October until easter next year
For minutes of the meeting, see the email or hard copy version of the Weekly Update.

For a report about Churches Together in North Shields, see the email or hard copy version of the Weekly Update.

To find out more about Roberta, our placement student, Click Here

Traidcraft Resumes Trading!
Aileen Grant now has the latest Traidcarft catalogues, which she will be distributing at church from this Sunday. If you can’t get to church to collect one please contact  [email protected]
Operation Christmas Child will be happening in November. Shoeboxes have been ordered and will be arriving soon. Anyone able to fill a shoebox with gifts will be very much appreciated. Scarves, hats, gloves, toys have been very kindly donated from a Knitting Club which will be available alongside the shoeboxes in October. For further information, contact Shirley McKay [email protected]
Café 2.21  and Square Table Lunches  open for buisness 

Tea and cakeCafé 2.21 – from Tuesday 21st September, 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., for tea, coffee, scones, cakes, light lunches
Square Table Lunches – from Thursday 23rd September, 11.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., for soup, sandwiches, tray bakes, tea and coffee

Please Observe the Covid precautions to keep everyone Safe 

Meeting Euro Pilgrims Due to Land at North Shields on 12th October
A group of pilgrims from churches in Europe are walking from Poland to Glasgow, in time for UN Climate Change Conference, which begins at the end of October. They are due to arrive on the ferry in North Shields on the morning of 12th October. Members from churches in North Shields will walk with them from the ferry terminal to St Cuthbert’s Roman Catholic Church for a reception. After that, everyone’s invited to accompany them on part or all of their first day’s walk, to Whitley Bay and then to Blyth. Details of the day are here If you are interested in walking or simply being at the reception please contact Trevor Jamison (though you can just come along on the day).
Street Pastors Seeking Volunteers to work on Fish Quay

Keeping in Touch

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 Charity is a registered charity in England & Wales, number 1164784.

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