20th November 2016

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Welcome to Christ Church today, especially any visitors and those worshipping with us for the first time. We hope that within our worship everyone – regardless of age – will have a moment of highlight. This might be the music or a line from a hymn, something from the Bible readings or prayers or sermon. It might simply be worshipping in fellowship with other people. Please do stay for refreshments at the back of church.

Useful things to know about us:

  • This building is fitted with an induction loop system – please put your hearing aid to the ‘T’ position.
  • Magnifying sheets are available – please ask a steward.
  • If you prefer not to receive the communion wine, eg if you are in recovery, please feel free to simply return to your seat having received the bread first.
  • Mums are very welcome to breast feed babies anywhere in the church where they feel comfortable. Likewise babies can be bottle-fed anywhere. There is a baby-change area at the back of the church.  

 Please remember in your prayers:

Those who are ill:  Hannah Warriner, Hilda Westerman, Youngblood McCray, Jean Stanfield, Cath Jarvis, Lesley Long, David and Audrey Askew, Josephine Smith, Ann Thorp, Jake Whiteside, Andrew Lean

RIP Maurice Auty

Thought for the week

The early Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit ‘the wild goose.’ And the reason why is they knew that you cannot tame him. John Eldredge

Action for the week

Buy an extra food item for the Nightshelter or food bank

CALENDAR

Sunday November 20th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

9.15 – Confirmation  rehearsal.

10.30 am – Confirmation service and Children’s Church

3 pm ‘Big Sing’ Morecambe Parish Church

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm Said Eucharist

Monday

9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage

10 am – Giving in Grace meeting

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings.

7pm – Eco Church group at 55 Masonfield Crescent

Wednesday

9.15 – Morning prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer.

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – 11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)

Saturday

12-2.30 – Peoples Cafe, Church hall

Sunday November 27th – Advent Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

9.15 – Confirmation Class

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm Said Eucharist

Eco-Church Working group The next meeting is on 22nd November, 7pm at 55 Masonfield Crescent.

Peoples Cafe – Saturday 26th November We will be hosting the Peoples Cafe from 11.30 to 2.30 in the Church hall. Please come and support this pop-up cafe where intercepted food is used to provide meals, cakes and drinks on a pay as you feel basis. The profit made will be going towards running our Night Shelter.

Taize Service Our next service is on Sunday 4th December at 6pm. Please come and join us for this quiet reflective Eucharist service which incorporates Taizé chants.

Real Advent Calendars.  Advent calendars have now arrived, please  collect from Susan. They cost £3.99.

Posada During Advent we will be having a Posada. This is where the figures of Mary and Joseph travel around the parish spending a night in different people’s homes, arriving back on Christmas eve for the crib service. Please sign the list at the back of church to host Mary and Joseph for a night.

Night Shelter The homeless shelter is open again. Donations of hotdogs and socks are needed.

Olive Branch Christmas appeal The Olive branch are asking for gift wrapped shoe boxes filled with tinned meat, chocolates, sweets and toiletries.

Christmas Children’s Stall We are running a stall with craft activities for children in Marketgate on Saturday December 10th. Please could you help us by collecting:

  • Plastic milk bottle tops
  • empty margarine containers

We also need volunteers to help run the stall. Please speak to Ann Thorp or Susan if you can help.

New website Our website address is changing to christchurchlancaster.org.uk

Youth Group This is running again now, for young people in school year 5 and above. This takes place in the church hall from 5-00 until 6-30pm. Please encourage your children to attend. We also appeal for parents to help out on a rota basis.

Tiddlers Our group for pre-school children and their parents or carers meets every Friday morning 10.30 – 11.45 in the Church Hall. There is lunch provided afterwards for those who wish to stay.

PRAYER REQUESTS You can send requests for prayer by text to 07980 351855. If you would like to join the prayer group who respond to these requests, or you would like to know more, then talk to Pat.

Please ‘Like’our Facebook page . Follow us to keep up to date with Church activities on www.facebook.com/christchurchlancaster

PRAYER TREE There are paper leaves under the Prayer Tree at the back of the Church on which to write the names of people, places or situations you would like to be offered before God, in prayer, thanksgiving, hope or trust. Your prayers will be remembered at our service of Evening Prayer on Wednesdays for two weeks.

CHURCH CLEANING Tuesdays 9-30 for an hour or so. Anyone welcome to turn up and sweep, tidy up etc..!

The Bible readings for today …

Jeremiah 23

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. 2Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. 3Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord 5 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

Colossians 1 – please read at home

Luke 23

33When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus* there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’* And they cast lots to divide his clothing. 35And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah* of God, his chosen one!’ 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, 37and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ 38There was also an inscription over him,* ‘This is the King of the Jews.’ 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding* him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah?* Save yourself and us!’ 40But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ 42Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into* your kingdom.’ 43He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’

SUNDAY EUCHARISTS 8-30, 10-30 and 6-00 and Friday 9-30am