The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
26th 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
Every mother is like Moses. She does not enter the promised land. She prepares a world she will not see. Pope Paul VI A
Action for the week
Buy 3 Fairtade food items and give them away.
Sunday March 26th, Mothering Sunday
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade Service
6 pm – Said Eucharist
9.15 am – Morning prayer – Vicarage
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.
5.30 pm – Evening Prayer
6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings
7 pm – Eco-Church meeting at 55 Masonfield Cresc
9.15 – Morning prayer
5.30 pm – Silent Meditation
6 pm – Evening Prayer
7.30 – Licensing of Lorraine Moffatt as Curate In Charge of St Helen’s Overton
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – 11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)
7.30 am – Night Shelter closes
Sunday April 2nd (JSP 5, Prophetic Challenge)
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
11.50 am – JSP Study 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. Our next meeting is at 7pm on March 28th at 55 Masonfield crescent.
Real Easter Egg The Easter Eggs have arrived and are ready for collection from reverend Susan. They cost £3.99 each.
MOTHERING SUNDAY – 26th March
Thanks to those who gave up a little bit of tine yesterday to make posies for today’s services.
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 2 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. 2The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him for three months. 3When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. 4His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. 6When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,’ she said. 7Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?’ 8Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Yes.’ So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.’ So the woman took the child and nursed it. 10When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses,* ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out* of the water.’
2 Corinthians 1 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, 4who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. 6If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. 7Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.
John 19 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ 27Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.