Sunday 26th February

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

26th February 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, Jake Whiteside,

RIP Ann Thorp, Trevor Hemmington, Anne Powley

 

Thought for the week

A dream is what makes people love life even when it is painful. Theodore Zeldin

 

Action for the week

Think long and hard about how to make the 40 days of Lent as helpful as possible for you. Are you going to give something up or take on something new?

 

CALENDAR

Sunday February 26th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

5pm Youth Group

6 pm – Taize Eucharist

Monday

    9.15 am – Morning Prayer in Church

10.15 am – Funeral of Anne Powley

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

7 pm – Eco Church at 55 Masonfield Crescent

Wednesday Ash Wednesday

7.45 am – Said Eucharist

12 noon -Sung Eucharist

7 pm – Said Eucharist

Imposition of Ashes will be included in all services.

Friday

   9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

Sunday March 5th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

5pm Youth Group

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

Taize – Sunday February 26th, 6pm.

Please come and join us for this quiet reflective Eucharist service which incorporates Taizé chants.

 

ANNE POWLEY. Anne’s funeral is in church tomorrow at 10-15am.

 

Jesus Shaped People and Lent Groups Lent groups begin on Sunday 26th February, with the discussion group meeting in the hall as soon as the  10-30 service ends. We will be using a new version of Jesus Shaped People, with specifically themed prayers etc being used as part of the 10-30 service on Sundays in Lent. We hope that lots of people will make the effort to stay for the group, which will end before 1pm.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY

Is this week, the 1st March! Services at 7-45am (said), 12 noon (with hymns) and 7-00pm (said) all with the ashing.

 

Eco Church meeting

Our next meeting is at 7pm on Tuesday February 28th at 55 Masonfield Crescent.

 

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 water. You can:

  • Buy a book from the stall at the back of Church to raise money for ‘Water Aid’.
  • Donate towards twinning our Church Hall toilets with ones in Africa by ‘spending a pound’ rather than ‘spending a penny’!
  • Look out for the poster at the back of Church and our ‘Actions for the Week’.

 

Olive branch

Items which are particularly needed at the moment are rice and tins of tuna, meat, fruit, and rice pudding.

 

Children’s Society – Christingle 2016 Thank you for another very successful Christingle Appeal. This year you have raised £395.33, yet another year on year increase and a wonderful effort by everyone. This has now been forwarded to the Children’s Society and will be used by them to help finance their work to support vulnerable and neglected children. With many thanks for your continued support. David and Julie Buckley

 

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!

 

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 …

 Exodus 2 The Lord said to Moses, ‘Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there; and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.’ 13So Moses set out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14To the elders he had said, ‘Wait here for us, until we come to you again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to them.’  Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. 17Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

 

2 Peter 1 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For he received honour and glory from God the Father when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, my Beloved,* with whom I am well pleased.’ 18We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven, while we were with him on the holy mountain. So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, 21because no prophecy ever came by human will, but men and women moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.*

 

Mark 2 Jesus* went out again beside the lake; the whole crowd gathered around him, and he taught them. 14As he was walking along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner* in Levi’s* house, many tax-collectors and sinners were also sitting* with Jesus and his disciples—for there were many who followed him. 16When the scribes of* the Pharisees saw that he was eating with sinners and tax-collectors, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does he eat* with tax-collectors and sinners?’ 17When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’