Sunday 8th October

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

8th 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

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. Elie Wiesel


Action for the week

Baking powder is a natural cleaning agent for surfaces and fridges. Mix 2 tablespoons of baking powder with 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice then apply to a damp cloth and clean.



Sunday October 8th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist


9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – Wedding and Baptism bookings

7 pm – Eco Church meeting, 55 Masonfield Crescent.


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


5.30 pm – Harvest Supper in the Church Hall.

Sunday October 15th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church

12 pm – Confirmation class in the Church Hall.

12.30 pm – Holy baptisms, Oliver and Neve

6 pm – Taize Eucharist


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’. The next meeting of the working group is on Tuesday October 10th, 7pm at 55 Masonfield Crescent.


Taize – Sunday 15th October, 6pm.

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



If you need Fr Phil to sign a church reference form as part of your application to Ripley Academy, please email him 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 have resumed 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 of church. there is a sign up list for the Jacob’s Join.


FLOWERS We are in the process of launching a way of raising some funds for church flowers. It is similar to the ‘Sponsor a Sunday’ scheme, where people can choose a special Sunday to have flowers prepared. The suggested donation is likely to be £20.


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 …

Isaiah 5 Let me sing for my beloved my love-song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watch-tower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it? When I expected it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall,  and it shall be trampled down. 6 I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting; he expected justice, but saw bloodshed; righteousness, but heard a cry!


Philippians 3 I- please read at home.


Matthew 21

‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, They will respect my son. 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance. 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? 41They said to him, He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time. Jesus said to them, have you never read in the scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; *this was the Lords doing, and it is amazing in our eyes?  43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.* 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls. When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.