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, Jake Whiteside
RIP Ann Thorp
Thought for the week
The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Action for the week
Wash out glass jars and use them to store food and craft items.
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
9.15 am – Morning Prayer, Vicarage
10.30 am – Standing Committee
7.30 pm – Christian Aid Update meeting at Trinity URC Bowerham.
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.
5.30 pm – Evening Prayer
6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings
9.15 – Morning prayer
11.30 am – Eucharist Moorside Hall
5.30 pm – Silent Meditation
6 pm – Evening Prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – 11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)
10.30 am – Eucharist Dolphinlee House
Sunday February 4th – Candlemass
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade
6 pm – Said Eucharist
EVENTS COMING SOON:
Christian Aid Update Meeting – Working with refugees. Monday Jan 30th at 7.30 pm at Trinity URC Bowerham Centre, Bowerham Rd. Hannah Henderson of Christian Aid will be sharing stories of refugees that CA has worked with in camps in Greece, and will give an update on CA’s campaigning work.
EPIPHANY GIFTS – LAST CHANCE!
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!
OLIVE BRANCH FOODBANK
The foodbank are short of the following items: breakfast cereal, coffee, tins of meat, sleeping bags. If you can help supply these please put them in the collection bin at the back of church.
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. New members always welcome!
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.
New website Our website address is now christchurchlancaster.org.uk
The Bible readings for today …
1 Kings 17 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9‘Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.’ 10So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, ‘Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.’ 11As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, ‘Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.’ 12But she said, ‘As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.’ 13Elijah said to her, ‘Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ 15She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. 16The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.
1 Corinthians 1 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. 19For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ 20Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. 26 Consider your own call, brothers and sisters:* not many of you were wise by human standards,* not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, 29so that no one* might boast in the presence of God. 30He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31in order that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in* the Lord.’
John 2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.