The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
19th 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
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. Mahatma Gandhi
Action for the week Aim to buy at least 5 Fairtrade products this week
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 of Whisper Bluebell Star.
6 pm – Said Eucharist
7.30 pm – Night Shelter Social in the Gregson
9.15 am – Vicarage
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.
5.30 pm – Evening Prayer
6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings
9.15 – Morning prayer
2.15 -3.15 – Christ Church School Prayer Spaces
5.30 pm – Silent Meditation
6 pm – Evening Prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – 11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)
9.30 am – Making Daffodil poses.
Sunday March 26th, Mothering Sunday
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade Service
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. Our next meeting is at 7pm on March 28th at 55 Masonfield crescent.
Real Easter Egg If you would like to order a ‘Real Easter Egg’ please sign the list at the back of Church by March 19th 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.
Christ Church School – Prayer Spaces. You are invited to come and take part in the Easter prayer spaces on Wednesday March 22nd at 2.15 pm.
MOTHERING SUNDAY – 26th March To get ready for 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!
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 …
Exodus 17 From the wilderness of Sin the whole congregation of the Israelites journeyed by stages, as the Lord commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2The people quarrelled with Moses, and said, ‘Give us water to drink.’ Moses said to them, ‘Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?’ 3But the people thirsted there for water; and the people complained against Moses and said, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and livestock with thirst?’ 4So Moses cried out to the Lord, ‘What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.’ 5The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go on ahead of the people, and take some of the elders of Israel with you; take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6I will be standing there in front of you on the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it, so that the people may drink.’ Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7He called the place Massah* and Meribah,* because the Israelites quarrelled and tested the Lord, saying, ‘Is the Lord among us or not?’
Romans 5 5Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we* have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access* to this grace in which we stand; and we* boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we* also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God.* 10For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Matthew 6 ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.* ‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ‘Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.* And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial,* but rescue us from the evil one.* For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.