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For Sunday 24th October 2021, 22nd Sunday after Pentecost


As I write this, Glasgow and the rest of the United Kingdom are preparing for the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and I suspect we can all see why it is usually abbreviated to COP26!

However, the rather wordy title of this conference serves to underline how serious the subject matter is and I suspect it may prove to be the most significant international gathering in the history of the United Nations Organisation. At the same Prince William has launched the “Earthshot Prize” to encourage scientists. entrepreneurs, voluntary organisations, and others who are trying to find practical solutions to the various environmental problems currently facing our planet.

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For Sunday 17th October 2021, 21st Sunday after Pentecost

Chewing the fat...

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With his permission, I share reflections made this week by retired Church of Scotland minister, Revd David Donald Scott.

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For Sunday 10th October 2021, 20th Sunday after Pentecost

prisons week

For over forty years Prisons Week has prepared prayer literature for the Christian  community to use as they pray for the needs of all those affected by prisons:  prisoners and victims, their families, their communities, those working and  volunteering in prisons and the criminal justice system. Those who organise Prisons  Week request that we pray each day during Prisons Week but also ask ourselves whether there is one thing that we as an individual, or as a church, can do to help  any of the people that we are praying for.

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For Sunday 3rd October 2021, 19th Sunday after Pentecost


In the opening devotions at the Kirk Session last Friday evening, we  heard the following questions in relation to our lives of faith – offered not as a  manifesto, but as something to ponder:

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“What could we say no to? If we didn’t do something, would that activity cease altogether, and if it did, would that be a problem? Or would it give a breathing space  out of which something else might emerge?” 

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For Sunday 26th September 2021, 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:2

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In August the Presbytery of England ordained Rev Dr Allan Wright to a pioneering ministry to the veterinary community of the Northeast of England. One definition of pioneer is, “a person who is among the first to explore or settle a new country or area.” This week I received the following thoughts on pioneering ministry.

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St Columba’s is located on Pont Street in Knightsbridge in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Church is within easy reach of three London Underground stations – Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line), South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle and District Lines) and Sloane Square (Circle and District Lines).

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Getting here by tube

Knightsbridge Station

Take the Harrods exit if open (front car if coming from the East, rear car if coming from the West). Come up the stairs to street level, carry on keeping Harrods on your right. Turn right into Basil Street. Carry straight on into Walton Place with St Saviour’s Church on your left. At the traffic lights, St Columba’s is to your left across the street. If the Harrods exit is closed, take the Sloane Street exit, turn right into Basil Street. Carry straight on past Harrods with the shop on your right, into Walton Place as before.

South Kensington Station

Come up the stairs out of the station and turn left into the shopping arcade. Turn left again into Pelham Street. At the traffic lights at the end of Pelham Street cross Brompton Road, turn left then immediately right into the narrow street of Draycott Avenue. After just a few yards turn left into Walton Street. Carry on walking up Walton Street until the traffic lights at the corner of Pont Street. Turn right and after a few steps you will be at St Columba’s!

Sloane Square Station

Cross over the square into Sloane Street. Walk along Sloane Street until the traffic lights at the corner of Pont Street. Turn left into Pont Street. St Columba’s will then be in sight.

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