Sunday 5th March

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

5th March 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 Anne Powley

 

Thought for the week

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

 

Albert Einstein Action for the week

Order a ‘Real Easter Egg’ made from Fairtrade chocolate and containing an Easter story book.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday March 5th – (JSP 2, Teaching)

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

11.45 am – JSP Study group

5pm Youth Group

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

7.30 pm – Reflect in the City, the Cornerstone

Wednesday

9.15 – Morning prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Friday

   9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

Sunday March 12th (JSP 3, Team Building)

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

11.45 am – JSP Study group

5pm 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 Fairtrade.

 

Real Easter Egg

If you would like to order a ‘Real Easter Egg’ please sign the list at the back of Church by March 18th The Real Easter Egg is the first and only Fairtrade Easter egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter. Inside each egg is a 24 page Easter story/quiz activity book, a 3ft ‘Happy Easter’ banner, a milk chocolate egg (125g) and a yummy bar. A charity donation is made from each sale and the Fairtrade Premium  allows farmers to invest in their community. Payment on collection.

 

Jesus Shaped People and Lent Groups Lent groups have begun, 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.

 

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

 

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!

 

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.

 

The Bible readings for today …

 Genesis 2 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’ 3Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ 2The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.” ’ 4But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,* knowing good and evil.’ 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

 

Romans 5 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned— 13sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. 14Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.  But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. 16And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgement following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. 17If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. 19For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

 

Mark 4 He said to them, ‘Is a lamp brought in to be put under the bushel basket, or under the bed, and not on the lampstand? 22For there is nothing hidden, except to be disclosed; nor is anything secret, except to come to light. 23Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’ 24And he said to them, ‘Pay attention to what you hear; the measure you give will be the measure you get, and still more will be given you. 25For to those who have, more will be given; and from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.’ He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’ He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’ With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.