Weekly Newsletter – 18 June 2017

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Eighth After Pentecost


9.30 a.m. – All Ages Early Service in the London Scottish Chapel

10.30 a.m. – onwards – Crèche in the Lower Hall

11.00 a.m. – Morning Service  (Preacher – Revd Andrea Price)

A short service of Holy Communion and prayers for those in need will be held in the London Scottish Chapel after the service.

12.15 p.m. –  Lunch in the Lower Hall {£3.00} All welcome

Coffee in the Upper Hall  {by donation}



Genesis 29: 15-28

Romans 8: 26-39

Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52



Give praise and thanks unto the Lord (Dunfermline)

The great love of God is revealed in the Son (Normandy)

The reign of God, like farmer’s field (Land of Rest)

‘Thy kingdom come!’- on bended knee (Irish)

O God, thou art the Father (Durrow)


Choir Anthems

O quam gloriosum           Victoria

O quam gloriosum est regnum in quo cum Christo

gaudent omnes Sancti; amicti stolis albis sequuntur
Agnum quocunque ierit.


O how glorious is the kingdom wherein with Christ

all the saints rejoice; clothed in white robes they follow
the Lamb wherever he goes.


Locus iste              Bruckner

Locus iste a Deo factus est,
Inaestimabile sacramentum,
irreprehensibilis est.


This place was made by God,
a priceless sacrament;
it is without reproach.


Elders on Duty

Team Leader

Deputy Team Leader

Michael Stevenson
Entrance Vestibule William Glasson

Sheila Nicoll

Catharine Robertson

Wheelchair Lift Gordon Cameron
Upper Vestibule Rosa Somerville

Jean Stevenson

Hymn Books Daphne Moore

Patricia Clarke

Jo Wallis

Hilary Natzler

Central Aisle Karen Cunningham

Robgert Mills

 Duty Beadle Gary Wallis



We are delighted to welcome visitors to Sunday’s worship. Please make yourself known to one of the ministers or elders and fill in our Visitors’ Book at the Welcome Desk. Children under 4 are invited to use our crèche (Lower Hall.) During July and August, Sunday School is in recess. Children’s activity sheets are available from the back of the church. For new/visiting families, who wish their children to remain in church throughout the service, the Children’s Quiet Corner is available. Please ensure a supervising adult accompanies your child and please be sensitive to the needs of fellow worshippers.

Sunday’s lesson reader is St Columba’s member, Neil Price.

St Columba’s Website

Please visit our website for information about what is happening at St Columba’s every week. The Sunday Sermon is posted online (script and audio) each week. www.stcolumbas.org.uk.


St Columba’s Members

We are sad to announce that Rachel Barnes, wife of our former organist Gerald Barnes, died at the end of last week. Details of funeral arrangements will be intimated when they are available.


The funeral of Nancy Arnott will be held at West Norwood Crematorium on Thursday 17th August at 11am.


Divine Dine (Meetings for younger adults)

Summer Social BBQ on Thursday 17th August

Supper and Bible Study on Joshua 28th September

7pm arrival for 7.30-9pm. For further information and to book your place please contact Andrea or the office. (office@stcolumbas.org.uk)


Women’s Fellowship Group

The Women’s Fellowship Group that meets on Wednesday morning takes a break now for the summer, restarting in September. For more details about the group contact Susan Pym at susanpym@yahoo.co.uk.


Congregational Mailing – Volunteers Needed

10.00am – 12.30pm, Wednesday 9th August Congregational Mailing; volunteers needed to collate mail out to membership. Sociable and helpful! Please sign up via Office.


Reformation 500

Our series of visits to other churches to remember and reflect on the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation continues with a visit to LUMEN UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, 88 Tavistock Place WC1H 9RS, on Sunday 27 August 2017 at 6.30pm. They are planning Compline with a gaelic psalm sung by the London Gaelic Choir, followed by light refreshments and a lecture by Deputy General Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on “The Reformers and Islam”

Our turn to host a visit of other denominations as part of “London Still Reforming”  is the afternoon of 1 October 2017, when we will remember the Scottish Reformation with slides, a short talk, music, worship and a good Scottish Afternoon Tea. Mark the day in your diary to make this a merry occasion.


Reformation 500 at Westminster Abbey: are you interested to attend a service in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 31st October, Noon to mark the begin of the Reformation? The service will be led by the Dean of Westminster, the Reverend Dr John Hall and The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Justin Welby will give the Address. A new anthem, commissioned for the occasion by Danish composer, Bent Sørensen will be performed by the Westminster Abbey Special Choir. Among those attending will be representatives of Lutheran churches in the United Kingdom. Apply for free tickets. All are welcome.

This service is followed by a symposium Liberated by God’s Grace:1517-2017 -500 Years of Reformation in St Margaret’s Church on Tuesday 31st October, 2.30 pm – 6.00 pm. This symposium: ‘Liberated by God’s Grace’ will bring together leading academics to analyse the ongoing impact of the Reformation.  What has been its effect on subsequent generations, not only for our churches but also for our wider self-understanding and social order? Chair: The Right Reverend Dr Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington

To find out more and to apply for free tickets please go to


or speak to the office as soon as possible.



Germany Trip

Due to someone unfortunately having to withdraw, there is a vacancy on the congregational trip to Germany “In Luther’s Footsteps”. The trip by coach

departs from St Columba’s on Sunday 17 September and returns the following Saturday 23 September. The vacancy is for single occupancy rooms in hotels. If anyone is interested in filling this available space, please could they contact Neil or Andrea Price at church or on any of these contacts:

Email: neilaprice51@gmail.com

Landline: 020 7610 6994

Mobile: 07500 445039


Women’s Book Group

The Women’s Book Club next meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 September at Pamela Thompson’s house in W1.  The book will be Uncertain Light by Marian Molteno.  Summer reading will still include A Notable Woman: the Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt.


London Gaelic Services at Crown Court

The next London Gaelic service will be 10th September conducted by Revd Donald J Morrison. All are welcome to attend.


Sporting Events

For our sporting enthusiasts, two upcoming events:

T20 cricket at Lord’s, Middlesex v Sussex

Thursday 10th August at 6.15 p.m.

Tickets £20, £5 for u16s.

Rugby at the Richmond Athletic Ground, London Scottish v Nottingham

Saturday 16th September at 3.00 p.m.

Tickets  £25, £20 for OAPs & students.

All interested, please contact David Stewart on 07732 849988 or davidstewart650@gmail.com


Save the Date

Sunday 10th September 10.00 – 10.45am Congregational Family Breakfast catered by the Divine Diners. A tasty launch to Stewardship Month, Rededication Sunday and the restart of Sunday School.

Thursday 21st September International Day of Peace

Sunday 24th September 1.30 – 4.00pm New Members’ Conference

Friday 6th October Glass Door Sleep Out

Sunday 8th October Harvest Festival

1.15pm Congregational Talk: From Power to Prison to Peace.

To mark Prisons Week, former cabinet Minister, Jonathan Aitken will speak about Prisons and Prison Ministry.




Congregational Announcements


Prayer Meeting

On the second Sunday of each month members of the congregation gather in the London Scottish Chapel for a fifteen or so minute period of prayer before the morning service.  The next meeting is Sunday 13th August at 10.00 a.m.  Please join us if you can for this time of quiet prayer.  You will be most welcome.


The next Sunday Evening Service is on Sunday 3rd September at 5.00 p.m.

The next Service of Holy Communion is on Sunday 24th September at 11.00 a.m.


Next Week

Sunday 6th August


11.00 a.m.             Morning Service

Preacher – Revd Angus MacLeod

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