Sunday 28 May

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

28th 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 Maxine Crinion, Peter Riggulsford, the victims of the Manchester bombing

 

Thought for the week

The God who existed before any religion counts on you to make the oneness of the human family known and celebrated. Desmond Tutu

 

Action for the week

Visit the MusicMagpie website to sell unwanted DVDs, games consoles, mobile phones and other unwanted tech gadgets.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday May 28th

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12.30 pm – Baptisms

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday  

    9.15 am – No Morning prayer (Bank holiday)

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

2.15 pm – ‘Mirth and Moaning’ group, Church hall.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

Wednesday

9.15 – Morning Prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Friday

    9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Eucharist at Dolphinlee House

    No Tiddlers group this week

Saturday June 3rd

2-4 pm – Gardening afternoon

Sunday June 4th – Pentecost

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade

12.30 pm – Baptisms

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

Christian Aid Sale

Thank you to everyone who helped at and came to the Christian Aid sale last weekend. It raised over £500! Well done!

 

Thy Kingdom Come – 25th May – 4th June

The Archbishop of Canterbury is calling Christians to join a wave of prayer across the UK and around the world – praying that people you know might know Jesus. It’s happening between Ascension and Pentecost. Please pick up a leaflet from the back of church for more information.

 

Gardening Afternoon – Saturday 3rd June

Please come along and help us tidy up the grounds and do some gardening. Tools will be provided along with hot drinks and cake!

 

CHURCH COUNCIL

The next meeting is on Wednesday 7th June 7pm in school.

 

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.

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 …

 Ezekiel 36

I will take you from the nations, and gather you from all the countries, and bring you into your own land. 25I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. 26A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. 28Then you shall live in the land that I gave to your ancestors; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.

 

Acts 1

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ 7He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’ 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. 13When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of* James. 14All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

 

John 17

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, 2since you have given him authority over all people,* to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. 5So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed. ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; 8for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. 10All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. 11And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.