Sunday 3rd September

  The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

3rd September 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 Christine Hewitt, Norman Hirst

 

Thought for the week

The decisions you make are a choice of values that reflect your life in every way. Alice Waters

 

Action for the week

Use a refillable drinks containers instead of buying plastic bottles of water.

 

CALENDAR

 

Sunday September 3rd

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist

12.30 pm – Holy Baptisms

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

Monday 

9.15 am – Morning prayer

10.30 am – Standing Committee

 

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

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

 

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am  – ‘Tiddlers’ Preschool group

 

Sunday September 10th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Holy baptism and Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

EVENTS COMING SOON:

 

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 how we can reduce the amount of plastic we use.

 

Tiddlers

We will start again after the summer holidays on Friday September 8th at 10.30 am. 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.

 

‘Reflect in the City 7.30pm Tuesday 5th September

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.
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.

 

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 15

O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance do not take me away; know that on your account I suffer insult. Your words were found, and I ate them,  and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name,  O Lord, God of hosts. I did not sit in the company of merrymakers, nor did I rejoice; under the weight of your hand I sat alone, for you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail. Therefore, thus says the Lord: If you turn back, I will take you back, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless,  you shall serve as my mouth. It is they who will turn to you, not you who will turn to them. And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the Lord. I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.

 

Romans 12

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honour. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.* 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly;* do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God;* for it is written, ˜Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.20No, if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

 

 

Matthew 16

From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, ˜God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.3But he turned and said to Peter, Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling-block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things Then Jesus told his disciples, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.