Sunday 22nd January

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

22nd January 2017

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, Cath Jarvis, Hilda Westerman, Youngblood McCray, Jean Stanfield,  Lesley Long, David and Audrey Askew, Andrew Lean, Josephine Smith, Ann Thorp, Jake Whiteside

 RIP Barbara Smith, Louise Tomlinson, Ruby Sawyer, Jennifer Brassington, Mary Soakell

 

Thought for the week

As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. Nelson Mandela

Action for the week

Remember to recycle plastic bottles. They can be used for polyester to make fleeces, duvets and coats.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday January 22nd – Homeless Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm – No service at Christ Church.

6.30 pm – Inter- Church Service at Lancaster Priory.

Monday

    9.15 am – Morning Prayer, 55 Masonfield Crescent

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

7.00 pm – Eco Church working group at 55 Masonfield Crescent

Wednesday

9.15 – Morning prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Thursday

6.30 pm – Holocaust Memorial at the Castle

Friday

   9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

Saturday

    10.30 am – A festival of the Eucharist. Blackburn                             Cathedral.

Sunday January 29th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

5 – 6.30 pm – Youth Group

6 pm – Said 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 information see the poster at the back of Church

 

Homelessness Sunday January 22nd 

Homeless Sunday brings together thousands of churches and is celebrated in a wide range of congregations. Here at Christ Church we will be using the theme of homelessness for our readings, prayers and preaching  at our 10.30 service to:

  • show our concern for individuals affected by homelessness
  • challenge the conditions that create it
  • celebrate work that tackles the problem and especially the work of our Night Shelter.

 

WEEK OF CHRISTIAN UNITY

Special events for this are:

Sunday 22 January 6-30pm Ecumenical service at the Priory

 

CHRISTIAN AID

There is a meeting about this years focus -‘Working with refugees’ on Monday Jan 30th at 7.30 pm at Trinity URC Bowerham.

EPIPHANY GIFTS

The list is on the noticeboard. Please sign up to pledge a certain amount of money so that we can buy the essential supplies we need for this year’s services.

 

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.

 

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!

 

New website Our website address is now  christchurchlancaster.org.uk

 

The Bible readings for today …

Isaiah 9

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 *The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—  on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.  For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

1 Corinthians 1

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,* by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters.* 12What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul’, or ‘I belong to Apollos’, or ‘I belong to Cephas’, or ‘I belong to Christ.’ 13Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God* that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. 18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God

Matthew 4

Now when Jesus* heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: ‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’ From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’* As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.