The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
23rd 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, Norman Borrill
RIP Alan Taylor
Thought for the week
Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
Action for the week
Try to recycle at least 3 items every day this week.
Sunday April 23rd
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
3 pm – ‘Emmaus’ service at The Church of the Ascension – see below.
6 pm – Said Eucharist
9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.
2.15 pm ‘Mirth and Moaning’, Church hall.
5.30 pm – Evening Prayer
6pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings
7pm – Eco-Church meeting, 55 Masonfield Cresc
5.30 pm – Silent Meditation
6 pm – Evening Prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – 11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)
Sunday April 30th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.15 am – APCM
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
6 pm – Taize Eucharist
Gardening Afternoon – Saturday 22nd April
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!
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. The next meeting of the Working Group is on Tuesday 25th April, 7pm at 55 Masonfield Crescent.
Taize – Sunday 30th April, 6pm.
Please come and join us for this quiet reflective Eucharist service which incorporates Taizé chants.
Sunday 23rd April 3pm – EMMAUS – Celebrating the Presence of the Risen Jesus In Word and Sacrament with Bishop Philip North. Easter Hymns Reflections on Scripture (“The Road to Emmaus”) Eucharistic Devotions, Benediction. Refreshments to follow. The Church of the Ascension Torrisholme. Retiring collection to benefit “Open Door” and work with local homeless. All welcome!
Saturday May 20th – Church Sale for Christian Aid. The Eco- Church group are holding a sale to raise money for Christian Aid. There will be refreshments available and stalls selling crafts, books, nearly new toys, clothes etc. More details to follow. Please put the date in your diary!
MIRTH AND MOANING
The informal support group for those living with pain or distress meets on the following dates at 2-15 in the church hall: 25 April, 30 May, 27 June and 25 July. All welcome. More details from Jacqueline Stamper.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
The annual meeting takes place on Sunday 30th April, with brief reports made as part of the 10-30 service, and elections at 10-15.
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 …
Acts 2 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: You that are Israelites,* listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth,* a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death,* because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25For David says concerning him, “I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover, my flesh will live in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.” 29 ‘Fellow Israelites,* I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31Foreseeing this, David* spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah,* saying, “He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.” 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses.
John 20 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’ 24 But Thomas (who was called the Twin*), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ 26 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ 28Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ 29Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’ 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe* that Jesus is the Messiah,* the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.