Weekly Update #84 – 21 November

St Columba’s United Reformed Church

30 Northumberland Square | North Shields | NE30 1PW

Weekly Update #84
21st November 2021

From the Minister                               It’s kingship, but not as we know it …

splashWelcome to the end of the Church year, in terms of worship and preaching anyway. Sunday 28th November will be the first Sunday in Advent, the four-week preface to the story of God’s special act of reaching out to the world in the person of Jesus Christ, beginning at Bethlehem. Soon then we will recommence that story of salvation; the life of Jesus from Christmas to Easter and the story of our response to that. This Sunday, however, we conclude the story by thinking about the kingship or reign of Christ. Pontius Pilate, interrogating Jesus, asks if he is claiming to be ‘King of the Jews’. Jesus says he is not a king with armies. Pilate presses him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus replies that he was born to testify to the truth. It’s kingship, but not as we know it – army-free and truth-centred; it’s kingship as practised by God. It might not be our way of doing things, but it would a better way of doing them.

Trevor                                                             Image by Marco Schroeder from Pixabay

Prayer

Sovereign God, help me to hear the call of Christ the King and to follow in his service, the one who reign has no end.
Amen.

WORSHIP AT ST COLUMBA’S – 21st November 2021 at 10.30 A.M
Shoebox Service

flying shoeboxA service focusing on the work of Operation Christmas Child and the boxes of gifts for those in need which have been provided by member of the congregation this year.

The service will be led Mrs Shirley McKay

SUNDAY 5th DECEMBER AT 5.30 P.M. – at Saint Columba’s
A service to remember those associated with Saint Columba’s who have died during the previous twelve months.

This reflective service, open to all, will be led by Trevor Jamison and John Drew
It will be followed by refreshments and conversation in the church hall
CONTINUING TO STAY SAFE IN WORSHIP – see here for a reminder of how things work at this time to keep people safe

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 (from the Revised Common Lectionary)

Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14            A vision of ‘The Ancient One’ taking their throne
Psalm 93                             The world, and the majesty of God
Revelation 1:4b-8               God, the Alpha and the Omega of all things
John 18:33-37                     So, Jesus, you are a king?

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

Two songs responding to the readings

alpha  & omega‘Take away the love of sinning, Alpha and Omega be …’ Love Divine, All Loves Excelling by Charles Wesley, here in a version from EMU Music
Love Divine, Charles Wesley, Arrangement © 2018 Alanna Glover, CCLI Song No: 7125865

Image by Philip Barrington from Pixabay 

The Lord Reigns in Majesty Poor Bishop Hooper’s version of Psalm 93

Reflection on the readings 

Psalm 93 is a short psalm. It is only five verses long. First, it tells us that God is sovereign over the world God created: ‘robed in majesty … girded with strength.’ Second, God will not be replaced by any other sovereign: ‘you are from everlasting’. Third, creation is a mighty thing (‘the floods lift up their roaring’), but fourth, God is more majestic yet: ‘more majestic than the mighty waters.’ Fifth, God calls us to live rightly in the world God has created and sustains: ‘your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O LORD, for evermore.’

News and Notices

radiatorA Warm Feeling at Church

Thank you to those who made the arrangements to get the heating back on at church by the  time of our Remembrance service last Sunday.

Image by ri from Pixabay 

Church Meeting on Tuesday 23rd November (please note the correct day and date for this meeting) at 7.15 p.m. in the Lishman Hall

Papers for the November Church Meeting have been sent out to all members. At this meeting we will be discussing and responding to a proposal from the URC Northern Synod Pastoral Committee concerning future provision of ministry at St Columba’s. Please read the relevant documents carefully and come prepared to discern together what would be the best response.

Change of email address for Church Secretary

Please note that the email address for the Church Secretary has changed to alisondnsurc@yahoo.com

Sleeping Beauty

To join with others in attending Tynemouth Priory Theatre’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty on 14th January 2022 at 7.00 p.m., please book with Shirley, in person, by email, or by phone. Tickets: Adult £8-00   Child £6-50

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               alisondnsurc@yahoo.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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