Sunday 10th September

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

10th 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 of 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, baby Lucy

RIP Christine Hewitt, Norman Hirst


Thought for the week

We are here to heal, not to harm.

We are here to love, not to hate.

We are here create, not to destroy.


tion for the week

Cut down on plastic packaging – buy your butter in a wrapper rather than in a plastic tub.



Sunday September 10th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10-30 am – Parish Eucharist with Holy baptism and Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist



9.15 am – Morning prayer



9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5-30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

7 pm – Eco-Church meeting at 55 Masonfield Cresc


9.20 am – Morning prayer

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer



    9.30 am – Said Eucharist

    10.30 am  – ‘Tiddlers’ Preschool group


Sunday September 17th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

9.15 am LRGS Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church

6 pm – Taize Eucharist

6.45 pm – Wedding rehearsal




Taize – Sunday 17th September, 6pm.

Please come and join us for this quiet reflective Eucharist service which incorporates Taize chants.


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. The working group will meet on Tuesday September 12th at 55 Masonfield Crescent.



Tiddlers has now restarted after the summer holidays. This group for pre-school children and their parents and carers meets on Fridays at 10.30 am. We are short of people to help us run these valuable sessions. If you would like to volunteer to help, perhaps one Friday a month, please talk to Rev Susan.


Gresgarth Hall Garden, Caton. Open Day

Sunday September 17th 11 am – 5 pm. To support Emergency Aid in Syria and Iraq. Entrance £5, children free. Refreshments available.



These resume on September 11th in our church hall, led by Anna Geary. There are 3 classes that run back-to-back, beginning at 5-20.



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. There is a sign up list on the noticeboard.


Ecumenical prayer service, Preston New Road Fracking Site, 4th October 11.30 am.

A Peaceful Prayer Assembly for the world on the Feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. Assemble at Maple Farm Preston New Road at


HARVEST SUPPER This is on Saturday 21st October from 5-30 onwards. Tickets soon.



The informal support group for those living with pain or distress meets on the following dates at 2-15 in the church hall: 26 Sept; 31 Oct; 28 Nov; 19 Dec (tbc). 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 …


Ezekiel 33

So you, mortal, I have made a sentinel for the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8If I say to the wicked, O wicked ones, you shall surely die and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but their blood I will require at your hand. 9But if you warn the wicked to turn from their ways, and they do not turn from their ways, the wicked shall die in their iniquity, but you will have saved your life. Now you, mortal, say to the house of Israel, Thus you have said:Our transgressions and our sins weigh upon us, and we waste away because of them; how then can we live?11Say to them, As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel?


Romans 13

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, Love your neighbour as yourself. Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; 13let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.


Matthew 18

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone. If the member listens to you, you have regained that one. 16But if you are not listened to, take one or two others along with you, so that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If the member refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax-collector. 18Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.