11th december 2016

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

11th December 2016

Thought for the week

Those who speak without modesty will find it difficult to make their words good. Confucius


Action for the week

Ask a loved one about their day and listen to what they say.


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



Sunday December 11th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12.30 pm – Baptisms, Isabel and Whisper

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm – Eucharist

7.30 pm – Night Shelter Social – The Gregson


    9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings.

7pm – Central High School Carol Concert


9.15 – Morning prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer.


   9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

Sunday December 18th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist Toy service with     Children’s Church Nativity and Christingle

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm – Eucharist


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.


Eco – Church We are going to have a theme each month for how we can adjust our lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. This month we are focusing on how we can make Christmas more Eco-friendly. Look out for the poster at the back of Church and our ‘Actions for the Week’.


Tiddlers The last meeting before Christmas for our pre-school group will be on Friday December 16th. We will re-start in the New Year on January 13th.



  1. This year we are asking you NOT to send Christmas cards to the clergy and members of the congregation. Instead, please write your Christmas greeting ln the Christmas cracker at the back of the church. You might like to make a donation to church funds in lieu of buying Christmas cards.
  2. There is a box of handmade cards at the back of church for you to send to those who live away. Please make a minimum donation of £1 per card for church funds.


Christingle Preparations

Christ Church School families will receive their Children’s Society collection box via school. Everybody else please take one from the back of church. donations towards the cost of the Christingles can be given to David and Julie Buckley, or given to the clergy.


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!


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


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


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 now  christchurchlancaster.org.uk


The Bible readings for today …

Isaiah 35 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus 2it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. 4 Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; 6 then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; 7 the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, *the grass shall become reeds and rushes. 8 A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, *but it shall be for God’s people;* no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray. 9 No lion shall be there,  nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. 10 And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

James 5 Be patient, therefore, beloved,* until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.* 9Beloved,* do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! 10As an example of suffering and patience, beloved,* take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Matthew 11 When John heard in prison what the Messiah* was doing, he sent word by his* disciples 3and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?’ 4Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers* are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. 6And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.’ 7 As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? 8What then did you go out to see? Someone* dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. 9What then did you go out to see? A prophet?* Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it is written, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,  who will prepare your way before you.” 11Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.