Fore Street Topsham, Exeter

Minister : Reverend Paul Collings BTh (Hons) : email : : Telephone : 01392 206229 : Mobile : 07941 880768

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St Nicholas Methodist Church has existed on the present site for over 150 years since it opened in 1867.

We are a friendly community of believers where all are welcomed. We help each other to worship God, and strive to live more like Christ in service beyond the walls of our church building.

Part of the
Exeter Coast and Country Circuit of the Methodist Church.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Celtic Saints - Columba

After Columba had lived on Iona many years, he received a message from Ireland, saying that the senior bishop there had decided to outlaw the traveling bards. 

7Remembering how successful he had been in winning converts through his songs; he decided to Sail to Ireland. to try and overturn the bishop's decision.

In addition to food for the journey, he stored in the boat two large turfs which he had dug from the Iona soil. When he landed on the Irish coast, he tied the turfs to his feet — so he would abide by the sentence never to set foot again on Irish soil.

He walked on these turfs toward Armagh, where the senior bishop lived. As he walked he sang his old songs. People ran from the fields and poured out of their homes to hear him; and many of them followed him. When he arrived at the bishop’s house, he was leading a huge crowd. The bishop told Columba that he disliked the bards because they conveyed the Gospel in their own words, rather than in words they had been taught by bishops and priests. Columba replied that they sang from the heart, so their words were sent by Gods Spirit.The bishop was frightened by the size of the crowd and relented, agreeing to rescind his Order and let Columba carry on his work.

Prayer of St Columba

Be O Lord,
a guiding star above me,
a smooth path below me,
a kindly shepherd behind me
and a bright flame before me;
today, tonight and forever. Amen.

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