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Weekly Update #85 28th November 2021
From the Minister Here’s Hoping
You can only ever be hopeful about the future. What’s past is past, no matter how happy or sad the memory makes you. Things that have happened in the past may encourage us to be hopeful about the future, but then our hope is limited to some extent by our previous experience. It does not prepare us for the really new. Christian hope for the future is based to some extent upon the life of Jesus Christ. That’s why other Sundays in Advent look back to the birth of Jesus. Advent Sunday, however, emphasises the future return of Christ. We cannot know exactly what that will be like because it will be different from what went before. We do know, however, that it will come from God, who has been made know to us in Jesus Christ, and that gives us hope for the future, whatever it brings.
Image: First Candle of Advent (photo by MH; Advent ring by NMc)
Gracious God, as the day of our redemption draws near, extend to us your saving mercy, that our lives may be filled with your grace and show forth your praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(C. N. R. Wallwork)
WORSHIP AT ST COLUMBA’S THIS SUNDAY
28th November at 10.30 a.m. – Advent Sunday
The service will be led by The Reverend Trevor Jamison
WORSHIP AT ST COLUMBA’S NEXT SUNDAY – DECEMBER 5TH
10.30 a.m. ‘Advent Prophets’ – Service led by Trevor Jamison
2.30 p.m. Messy Church – see notice below
5.30 P.M. Remembering Others 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.
Messy Church – 5th December at 2.30 p.m.
Our next Messy Church will take place on Sunday 5th December from 2.30pm until 4pm in the church hall. The theme is ‘Advent’. We will be exploring the ways in which we prepare for Christmas and what it is like to wait for something exciting to happen! We will also be thinking about the long journey that Mary and Joseph took on their way to Bethlehem.
To stay within our Covid regulations families will be at separate tables with all of their activities ready for them and instead of a shared table the children will receive their own party box of goodies! As we can only accommodate 40 people in the church hall at one time places will need to be booked. If you would like to attend with your children or grandchildren please contact Claire by email by Sunday 28th November.
Bible readings for this week (from the Revised Common Lectionary)
Jeremiah 33:14-16 Days are surely coming when God’s promises are fulfilled
Psalm 25:1-10 Looking for God’s guidance and help
1 Thessalonians 3: 9 – 13 Responding to god in the here and now
Luke 21:25-36 Jesus will be there at the end of all things
Then you will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory.’ (Luke 21:27) That’s a quotation within a quotation. Jesus is referring to a vision in the OT Book of Daniel (7:13), which envisages God coming to earth to put things right. As the others verses in this passage from Luke indicate, no timetable has published for when God will arrive to put all things right with the world: leaves sprouting tell you summer is on the way but not the date it will arrive (21:29-30). It’s better to put your effort into living life well now, so that ‘that day does not catch you unexpectedly.’ (21:34) Image: https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2013/12/03/advent-calendar/https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2013/12/03/advent-calendar/
News and Notices
Saint Columba’s Advent Groups commence meeting
Our Advent groups start meeting in the coming week.
The Tuesday Group will first meet at the church at 1.15 p.m. on November 30th (Led by Roberta Ritson)
The Thursday group will first meet on December 2nd at 7.15 p.m. via Zoom (led by Trevor Jamison)
Meetings last 45-60 minutes. The content – reading, conversation and prayer – is the same on both days.
Saint Columba’s and Saint Andrew’s, Monkseaton – a future shared pastorate
Church Meeting on November 23rd agreed a Synod Pastoral Committee proposal that Saint Columba’s move to becoming a joint pastorate with the congregation at Saint Andrew’s URC, Monkseaton, sharing one minister. This would happen when Trevor Jamison moves on or retires in the next four years. At that point, the then minister of Saint Andrew’s (who would have been called with input from Saint Columba’s) will become minister of both congregations. A more detailed report will appear in the next church magazine.
Faith-filled Life course offered via Zoom
Northern Synod are offering Faith-filled Life, a six-session course on being a disciple in today’s world. For details about the course and how to take part click here