Sunday 17th September

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

17th 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  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

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi


Action for the week

Use cloth shopping bags.  Plastic bags are an eyesore and are dangerous to wildlife. Keep reusable bags somewhere handy in your car or your bike, or by the front door so that you don’t forget them



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


9.15 am – Morning prayer


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – Wedding and Baptism bookings


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

7.30 pm talk by Trevor Phillips at St Thomas’ Church


10.30 am – Talk by Bishop Libby Lane at Museum.

12 pm – Wedding, Neil Edgar & Michelle Bousfield

Sunday September 24th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist




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.


Tiddlers 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  children free. Refreshments available.


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


The Lost Art of Living. The Lancaster Health Festival is being held by Bay Health and Care Partners. The three-day event starts on the 21st of September at various locations, and aims to encourage local people to make positive life changes. This event doesn’t just focus on healthcare, but rather on the Lost Art of Living, the simple steps we can take to improve our own wellbeing. See the poster at the back of church for a timetable of events. Speakers include Bishop Libby Lane.


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


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. 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 …

Genesis 50 Realizing that their father was dead, Josephs brothers said, What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?16So they approached* Joseph, saying, ˜Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you. Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father. Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18Then his brothers also wept,* fell down before him, and said, We are here as your slaves.19But Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones. In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.


Romans 14  no room to print. Please read at home


Matthew 18  Then Peter came and said to him, Lord, if another member of the church* sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times? 22Jesus said to him, Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven* times. For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents* was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything. 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow-slaves who owed him a hundred denarii;* and seizing him by the throat, he said, pay what you owe. 29Then his fellow-slave fell down and pleaded with him, have patience with me, and I will pay you. 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow-slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, you wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow-slave, as I had mercy on you? 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he should pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister* from your heart.