EPISTLE FOR SUNDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2021

Sunday 7 February 2021
Dear Saints,

Welcome to the first Sunday of February 2021! Today we celebrate Holy Communion, so gather your bread and wine for our online breaking bread Service.

As usual, you can find us on our website (https://stcolumbachurch.co.za/category/sermons/ ) and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/St-Columbas-Presbyterian-Church-Hatfield-454480284713922/ ) and on WhatsApp Communication Group.

This Sunday, we follow the ecumenical Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) readings, from Psalm 147: 1-11, 20c and the Gospel According to Mark 1: 29-39, reading from the New Revised Standard Version (NRS-V).

Sometimes we follow the RCL because it connects us to the worldwide communion of God’s people. It connects us to know that Christians in Vietnam, Malaysia, Melbourne, Livingstone, Cairo, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Hawaii, Ipanema, to St. Petersburg and Vancouver are reading the same Scripture lessons today. Amazing!?

The Psalms are known as “the hymnbook of the Hebrews”, and today the Psalmist (*147: 1-11*) affirms that God the creator cares about and for all he has created. We come to our worship today acknowledging that we can worship because God cares for us. Let’s take a moment to pray:

*A Prayer (by Henri Nouwen)*
Dear God,
I so much want to be in control. I want to be the master of my own destiny.
Still, I know that you are saying:
“Let me take you by the hand and lead you. Accept my love
and trust that where I will bring you,
the deepest desires of your heart will be fulfilled.”

Lord, open my hands to receive your gift of love.
Amen.

The Scripture lesson in *Mark 1: 29-39* shows us Jesus the Healer, and again, Jesus withdrawing in order to pray.
(Spoiler alert!) Both these pictures of Jesus reveal some important things for us. Important and timely. At the start of 2021, it’s great to see Jesus with new eyes.

Friends, do keep a lookout for some important communication from our partners at the SACC, which we’ll post to our various platforms.
Have a blessed week, friends, and stay safe!

Rev. Craig

Published by St. Columba's Presbyterian Church Hatfield

St Columba's Presbyterian Church in Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa is a Christian Church. Our vision is to be a Christ-centred, bible-believing church that calls all to come and experience the love of Christ, in a welcoming and caring body of believers.

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