Sunday 8th January

Thought for the week

A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven. Charles R. Swindoll Action for the week

Recycle your Christmas Cards or cut them up to make gift tags and card for shopping lists.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday January 8th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

6 pm Eucharist

Monday

    9.15 am – Morning Prayer, Vicarage

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

7 pm – PCC Meeting

Friday

   9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

Sunday January 15th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm – Eucharist

 

Eco – Church

We have a theme each month for how we can adjust our lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. This month we are focusing on recycling. Look out for the poster at the back of Church and our ‘Actions for the Week’. Our Next meeting is Tuesday January 24th at 55 Masonfield Crescent.

 

A Eucharistic Festival takes place at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday January 28th 2017, and everyone from across the Diocese is invited!

This will be a day for all ages to explore and celebrate the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. For more

 

Church Council

The first meeting of 2017 is on Wednesday 11th January at the normal time and place, ie 7pm at Christ Church School.

 

Tiddlers

We will re-start in the New Year on January 13th.

 

Posada

Thank you everyone who hosted Mary and Joseph throughout Advent. They had a lovely time and are looking forward to it next year!

 

CHRISTMAS CARDS

Thanks to everyone who helped raise church funds by using the Christmas cracker at the back of church for Christmas greetings. As we start to put everything away please look at this week’s Thought for the Week.

 

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!

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 60

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.  Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, *because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

Ephesians 3

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for* Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 4a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. 5In former generations this mystery* was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: 6that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.  Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power. 8Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9and to make everyone see* what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in* God who created all things; 10so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.* 13I pray therefore that you* may not lose heart over my sufferings for you; they are your glory.

Matthew 2

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men* from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,* and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah* was to be born. 5They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 6 “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd* my people Israel.” ’ Then Herod secretly called for the wise men* and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,* until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped,* they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.