Sunday 1st October

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

1st October 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, baby Lucy

  

Thought for the week

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Action for the week

Swop one of your regular cleaning products to a greener one like those made by ‘Ecover’ or ‘Bio D’.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday October 1st. Harvest Festival

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday  

9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – Wedding and Baptism bookings

Wednesday

9.20 am – Morning prayer

9.45 am – Christ Church School Harvest service

11.30 am – Holy Communion Moorside Hall

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am  – ‘Tiddlers’ Preschool group

10.30 am – Holy Communion Dolphinlee House

Sunday October 8th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist

IPLAY CHURCH REFERENCE FORMS

If you need Fr Phil to sign a church reference form as part of your application to Ripley Academy, please email him phil.hudd@btinternet.com to make an appointment.

 

CONFIRMATION We are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Philip on 26th November to confirm children and adults. Classes start on Sunday 15th October immediately following the 10-30 service. Please speak to any of the clergy to find out more. There is a sign up list on the noticeboard.

 

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.

 

HARVEST SUPPER This is on Saturday 14th October from 5-30 onwards. Tickets are at the back od church.

 

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 Cleaning’.

 

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 11.am. Details at the back of church.

 

Reformation 500, Blackburn Cathedral, 19th October, 2pm. Churches Together in Lancashire invite you to attend a service of commemoration and reflections with hymns and music.

 

Tiddlers

This group for pre-school children and their parents and carers meets on Fridays at 10.30 am. There is space to play, a craft table and a time of singing children’s action songs. A simple lunch is available for those who wish to stay for something to eat.

 

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: 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 18

The word of the Lord came to me: 2What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the childrens teeth are set on edge? 3As I live, says the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die. Yet you say, ˜The way of the Lord is unfair.Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? 26When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. 27Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. 28Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. 29Yet the house of Israel says, ˜The way of the Lord is unfair. O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin.* 31Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32For I have no pleasure in the death

 

Philippians 2

2If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5Let the same mind be in you that was* in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

 

Luke 12

16Then he told them a parable: ‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly. 17And he thought to himself, What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops? 18Then he said, I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry. 20But God said to him,  you fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be? 21So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich towards God.