The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
30th 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
Thought for the week
Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh
Action for the week
Do something new or different before the end of the week
Sunday July 30th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist
12.30 pm – Holy Baptisms, Leo and Matilda
6 pm – Said Eucharist
9.15 am – Morning prayer, 55 Masonfield Crescent
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.
5.30 pm – Evening Prayer
6pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings
5.30 pm – Silent Meditation
6 pm – Evening Prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10 am Eucharist at Dolphinlee House.
Sunday August 6th – Transfiguration of our Lord
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist
12.30 pm – Holy Baptism, Henry.
6 pm – Said Eucharist
EVENTS COMING SOON:
A HUGE THANK YOU from Bernie and Phil following their wedding here last Sunday. It was lovely to see a full church and lots of hats! Thank you from them for good wishes, presents and presence xx
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.
Our last Tiddlers group will be on Friday July 28th. We will start again after the summer holidays on Friday September 8th. We are short of people to help us run these valuable sessions for pre-school children and their parents and carers. If you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps one Friday a month, please talk to Rev Susan.
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.
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 …
1 Kings 3 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ 6And Solomon said, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?’ It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you.
Romans 8 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes* with sighs too deep for words. 27And God,* who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit* intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.* We know that all things work together for good* for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.* 30And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.* 35Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matthew 13 He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; 32it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.’ He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with* three measures of flour until all of it was all leavened’. ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls; 46on finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47 ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and caught fish of every kind; 48when it was full, they drew it ashore, sat down, and put the good into baskets but threw out the bad. 49So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50and throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. ‘Have you understood all this?’ They answered, ‘Yes.’ 52And he said to them, ‘Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.’