Sunday 2nd July

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

2nd July 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 Alan Walmsley, Julie Knowles-Lennon, Lily Forrest aged 16, the victims of the London tower block fire

 

Thought for the week

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. Khalil Gibran

 

Action for the week

Let a hedgerow or part of your lawn grow wild to encourage ground nesting bees.

 

CALENDAR

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

Monday  

    9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage

1.15 pm – Christ Church Reception visit to Church.

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

9.45 am – Christ Church Year One visit to Church.

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

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

7 pm – FOCC concert at Ripley School.

Friday

    9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

4 pm – Reading Group

Saturday

8 amFOCC group leave to return home

Sunday July 9th

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12.30 – Baptisms of Elysia and Freddie.

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

EVENTS COMING SOON:

Bishop Geoff’s Farewell Service

To mark his retirement, there will be an informal farewell service in Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 15 July at 11.30am. All are welcome and no ticket is required.

 

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 ‘Green Gardening’ and how we can encourage Bees, bugs, birds and butterflies.

‘Reflect in the City’ 7.30pm Tuesday 4th July

 

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. Would ALL sidepeople be on duty for this service?

 

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: 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 28

Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, ‘Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfil the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. 7But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.’

 

Romans 6

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments* of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments* of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations.* For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification. When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Matthew 10

‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’