The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
30th 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, Norman Borrill
RIP Alan Taylor, Jake Whiteside
Thought for the week
It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. Robert H. Schuller
Action for the week
Reuse file folders by sticking a new label over the previous one.
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
9.15 am – No Morning prayer (Bank holiday)
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.
5.30 pm – Evening Prayer
6pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings
7.30pm – Reflect in the City at the Cornerstone
9.15 – Morning Prayer
11.30 – Eucharist, Moorside Hall
5.30 pm – Silent Meditation
6 pm – Evening Prayer
7.30 – Archdeacons Visitation, Tunstall Church
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Eucharist, Dolphinlee House
10.30 am – 11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)
Sunday May 7th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
6 pm – Eucharist
Taize – Sunday 30th April, 6pm.
Please come and join us for this quiet reflective Eucharist service which incorporates Taizé chants.
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: 30 May, 27 June and 25 July. All welcome. More details from Jacqueline Stamper.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
The annual meeting takes place TODAY, 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 …
Zephaniah 3 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has taken away the judgements against you, he has turned away your enemies. The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more. On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands grow weak. The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you* in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing as on a day of festival. *I will remove disaster from you,* so that you will not bear reproach for it. I will deal with all your oppressors at that time. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. At that time I will bring you home, at the time when I gather you; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.
Acts 2 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah,* this Jesus whom you crucified.’ 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and to the other apostles, ‘Brothers,* what should we do?’ 38Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.’ 40And he testified with many other arguments and exhorted them, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.’ 41So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added.
Luke 24 Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles* from Jerusalem, 14and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, 16but their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17And he said to them, ‘What are you discussing with each other while you walk along?’ They stood still, looking sad.* 18Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, ‘Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?’ 19He asked them, ‘What things?’ They replied, ‘The things about Jesus of Nazareth,* who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. 21But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel.* Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place. 22Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, 23and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive. 24Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but they did not see him.’ 25Then he said to them, ‘Oh, how foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have declared! 26Was it not necessary that the Messiah* should suffer these things and then enter into his glory?’ 27Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures. 28 As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. 29But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. 30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. 32They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us* while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ 33That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. 34They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ 35Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.