Sunday 12th March

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

12th 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, Walter Pye

 

Thought for the week

Teamwork makes the dream work.

 

John C. Maxwell Action for the week

Go to fairtrade.org.uk and spend 15 minutes browsing the website so that you can find out more about the benefits of fairtrade products.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday March 12th (JSP 3, Team Building)

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

11.50 am – JSP Study group

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday

    9.15 am – Vicarage

10.30 am – Standing Committee

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

Friday

   9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

Saturday

2pm – Gardening afternoon

Sunday March 19th (JSP 4, Prayer)

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

9.15 am – LRGS Boarders, Lent service

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

11.50 am – JSP Study group

12.30 pm – Baptism

6 pm – Said Eucharist

7.30 pm – Night Shelter Social in the Gregson

 

Gardening Afternoon – Saturday 18th March

Please come along and help us tidy up the grounds and prepare for a new season of growing. Tools will be provided along with hot drinks and cake!

 

MOTHERING SUNDAY

On Saturday 25th March at 9.30am we will once again be making daffodil posies to give to members of the congregation at services on the following day, Mothering Sunday. Volunteers, equipped with their own scissors, are requested to come and join in this fun event at church. Flowers and other accessories will be provided and Audrey will supervise the whole operation. Just bring those scissors!

 

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 12 Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.

 

Romans 4 What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? 2For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ 4Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. 5But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.  For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.16 For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, 17as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

 

Mark 6 6He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. 2On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! 3Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary* and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence* at him. 4Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ 5And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. 6And he was amazed at their unbelief. Then he went about among the villages teaching. 7He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. 8He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; 9but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. 10He said to them, ‘Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. 11If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.’ 12So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. 13They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.