27th November 2016

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

27th November 2016

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, Barbara Smith

 

Thought for the week

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein Action for the week

Take public transport instead of driving.

 

CALENDAR

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

Monday

    9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage

10.30 am – Standing committee meeting

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings.

Wednesday

9.15 – Morning prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer.

Friday

   9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Eucharist, Dolphinlee House

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

Sunday December 4th

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 Taize Eucharist

 

Giving in Grace

Following on from our reminder of a few weeks ago we thank you for your generosity of response over the course of this year. We are very very close to our target of increasing giving by £170 per week. If you haven’t responded yet then please do so that we can get to 100% of our target!

 

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 are 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 …

Isaiah 2

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2 In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it.  Many peoples shall come and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4 He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!

 

 

 

Romans 13

Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; 13let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

 

Matthew 24

But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son,* but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day* your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.