Sunday 14th May

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

14th May 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 Jake Whiteside, Maxine Crinion

 

Thought for the week

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Charles Spurgeon

 

Action for the week

Make a donation to Christian Aid to mark Christian Aid Week

 

CALENDAR

Sunday May 14th (Christian Aid Week)

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12.30 pm – Baptism

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday  

    9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage

10.30 am – Standing Committee

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

6pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

Wednesday

9.15 – Morning Prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation then Evening Prayer

Friday

    9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – 11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)

Saturday

1.30 – 4pm – Church sale for Christian Aid

Sunday May 21st

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12.30 pm – Baptism

6 pm – Taize 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 Spring renewal – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

 

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. Please sign the list at the back of the Church if you are able to help with refreshments or bake a cake!

 

Open General Election Forum Wednesday 24th May 7.30pm – 9.30pm Lancaster Priory Church. Please submit written questions by 7.15pm at the venue on the night. www.together.ourchurchweb.org.uk Chaired by Dr Patrick Bishop Head of Dept Politics, Philosophy and Religion Lancaster University with candidates from Conservative, Green, Labour, Liberal and UKIP Parties All Welcome

 

Flower Fund The flower fund is presently very low. If anyone would like to make a donation Audrey Davies will be delighted to accept your offering.

 

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.

 

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 …

 Genesis 8 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and all the domestic animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided; 2the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, 3and the waters gradually receded from the earth. At the end of one hundred and fifty days the waters had abated; 4and in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5The waters continued to abate until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains appeared. 6 At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made 7and sent out the raven; and it went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. 8Then he sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; 9but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took it and brought it into the ark with him. 10He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; 11and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. 12Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him any more. In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, on the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and saw that the face of the ground was drying. 14In the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dry. 15Then God said to Noah, 16‘Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you. 17Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh—birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth—so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.’ 18So Noah went out with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives. 19And every animal, every creeping thing, and every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out of the ark by families.

Acts 7 But filled with the Holy Spirit, he gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’ 57But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ 60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died.*

John 14 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe* in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?* 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.’* 5Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ 6Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know* my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’ Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.’ 9Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me* for anything, I will do it.