Sunday 4th June 2017

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

4th June 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

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Jimi Hendrix

 

Action for the week

Plant some ‘bee friendly’ plants in your garden e.g. Cornflowers, honeysuckle, wallflowers and buddleja.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday June 4th – Pentecost

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade

12.30 pm – Baptisms

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday  

    9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

7.30 pm – Reflect in the City at the Cornerstone

Wednesday

9.15 am – Morning Prayer

11.30 am – Eucharist at Moorside Hall

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

7 pm – PCC meeting, Christ Church School

Friday

    9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

Saturday

12 noon – Chernobyl children arrive.

Sunday June 11th – Trinity Sunday

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade

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!

 

‘Reflect in the City’ 7.30pm Tuesday 6th June

At The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street.

‘Reflect in the City’ is a quiet evening service where you can reflect, meditate, worship….. Using music and prayers from the church across the world (Taize, Iona etc.). We aim to provide an opportunity to pause and worship God.

 

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: 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 …

 Numbers 11

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord; and he gathered seventy elders of the people, and placed them all around the tent. 25Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders; and when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But they did not do so again. 26 Two men remained in the camp, one named Eldad, and the other named Medad, and the spirit rested on them; they were among those registered, but they had not gone out to the tent, and so they prophesied in the camp. 27And a young man ran and told Moses, ‘Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.’ 28And Joshua son of Nun, the assistant of Moses, one of his chosen men,* said, ‘My lord Moses, stop them!’ 29But Moses said to him, ‘Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit on them!’ 30And Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

 

Acts 2

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ 13But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’ But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.  And I will show portents in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and smoky mist. The sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 

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.’