Sunday 9th April

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

9th April 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 Cem Bora, Pat Tetlow, Sr Michelle OHP

 

Thought for the week

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela

 

Action for the week

Check out ‘freecycle.org’. This is a grassroots, non-profit, movement of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own neighbourhood.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday April 9th – Palm Sunday (JSP 6, Love priority)

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.15 – Procession from Williamson Park

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade service

11.50 am – JSP Study group

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday

    9.15 am – Morning prayer – 55 Masonfield Cresc

6.30 pm Stations of the Cross

7 pm Eucharist

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

6.30 pm Stations of the Cross

7 pm Service for healing and wholeness

Wednesday

6.30 pm Stations of the Cross

7 pm Eucharist

Maundy Thursday

7 pm – Festival Eucharist with stripping of the Altars. Followed by Vigil until midnight

Good Friday

    9.30 am – Stations of the Cross

10 am – Children’s activities, worship and Easter Egg hunt

12 noon – Walk of Witness in Dalton Square

2 pm – Solemn Liturgy

Holy Saturday

    7 pmBonfire and short service

Sunday April 16th – Easter day

6.30 am – Sunrise service in Dalton Square

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist

6 pm – No service today

 

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 Spring renewal – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

 

Real Easter Egg

The Easter Eggs have arrived and are ready for collection from Reverend Susan. They cost £3.99 each.

 

Jesus Shaped People and Lent Groups Today is the last day of our shorter version of Jesus Shaped People. The final group meets in the hall as soon as the 10-30 service ends.

 

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.

 

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 …

Isaiah 50

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher,* that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. 5 The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backwards. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me.  It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

 

Philippians 2

5Let the same mind be in you that was* in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Matthew 21

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2saying to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them.” And he will send them immediately.*4This took place to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, 5 ‘Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’  6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; 7they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. 8A very large crowd* spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ 10When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, ‘Who is this?’ 11The crowds were saying, ‘This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.’