Sunday 25th June

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

25th 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, Josephine Smith, Norman Borrill

 

RIP Peter Riggulsford, the victims of the Manchester and London attacks, Andrew Lean, Alan Walmsley, Julie Knowles-Lennon, Lily Forrest aged 16, the victims of the London tower block fire

 

Thought for the week

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens

 

Action for the week

When out and about this summer – Look out for ‘Park and Ride’ schemes to avoid driving into busy towns and cities

 

CALENDAR

Sunday June 25th

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday  

    9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage

10.30 am – Standing Committee

7 pm – Eco-Church working group. 55 Masonfield            Crescent

Tuesday

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

Wednesday

9.15 am – Morning Prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Friday

    9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

Saturday

    Ordinations of Deacons and Priests –

Blackburn Cathedral

Sunday July 2nd

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12.30 – Baptisms of George and Miranda.

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

EVENTS COMING SOON:

 

Eco – Church

The next meeting of the Working Group is on Monday 26th June, 7pm at 55 Masonfield Crescent. We have a theme each month for how we can adjust our lifestyle to be more environmentally friendly. This month we are focusing on ‘Travelling Light’ – how we can make our journeys less damaging to the environment by walking, cycling and using public transport.

 

WEDDING

Fr Phil and Bernie get married here in church on Sunday 16th July as part of the 10-30am service. Everyone is invited and they hope that lots of people will be there to support them. The service is followed by champagne and wedding cake for all.

 

Bike ride and picnic – Sunday 25th June.

Meet Pat Allen at 1.30 at the Millennium bridge to cycle to Glasson Dock for a picnic and games. If you don’t want to cycle you are welcome to meet us at Glasson dock at around 2pm. Please sign up on the sheet at the back of church.

 

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 Travel and how to make our journeys less damaging to the environment. Can you walk, cycle or take the bus rather then get straight into the car?

 

CONFIRMATION

We are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Philip at the end of November to confirm children and adults. We need to start getting an idea of numbers, so please think if your children (school year 6 and above) and you might like to do this. There will be a small number of classes in October leading up to the event itself. Please speak to any of the clergy to find out more.

 

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 …

Jeremiah 20 O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughing-stock all day long; everyone mocks me.  For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must shout, ‘Violence and destruction!’ For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long.  If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name’, then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. For I hear many whispering: ‘Terror is all around! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’ All my close friends are watching for me to stumble. ‘Perhaps he can be enticed, and we can prevail against him, and take our revenge on him.’ But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble, and they will not prevail. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonour will never be forgotten. O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous, you see the heart and the mind; let me see your retribution upon them, for to you I have committed my cause. Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hands of evildoers.

 

Romans 6 Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

 

Matthew 10 ‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! ‘So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. 27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.* 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. ‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;  and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household. 37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.