The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
15th 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 â€“ 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
In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Action for the week
Use white vinegar for effective green cleaning. It clears grime on smooth surfaces, absorbs odours and removes mould.
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
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
9.20 am – Morning prayer
5.30 pm – Silent Meditation
6 pm – Evening Prayer
2 pm – ‘Reformation 500’ at Blackburn Cathedral
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – ‘Tiddlers’ Preschool group
Sunday October 22nd
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church
12 pm – Confirmation class in the Vestry.
12.15 pm – Night Shelter training in Church Hall
6 pm – Said 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’.
Taize – Sunday 15th October, 6pm.
Please come and join us for this quiet reflective Eucharist service which incorporates Taize chants.
Peoples Cafe – Saturday 28th October, 12-2.30 pm
This is a ‘Pay as you feel’, pop up cafe in the Church Hall. Reclaimed food is used to make delicious meals and cakes. The proceeds will be going to help support the Night Shelter.
RIPLAY 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.
CONFIRMATION We are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Philip on 26th November to confirm children and adults. Classes start TODAY immediately following the 10-30 service.
NIGHTSHELTER NEWS Training session is next Sunday 12-15 until 2-15. Lunch is provided.
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 25 O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you, I will praise your name; for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure. For you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin; the palace of aliens is a city no more, it will never be rebuilt. Therefore strong peoples will glorify you; cities of ruthless nations will fear you. For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat. When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm, the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place, you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds; the song of the ruthless was stilled. On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-matured wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-matured wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all nations; 8 he will swallow up death for ever. Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces, and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. 10 For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain.
1Therefore, my brothers and sisters,* whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion,* help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice* in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.* 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved,* whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about* these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves. 4Carry no purse, no bag, no sandals; and greet no one on the road. 5Whatever house you enter, first say, Peace to this house! 6And if anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you. 7Remain in the same house, eating and drinking whatever they provide, for the labourer deserves to be paid. Do not move about from house to house. 8Whenever you enter a town and its people welcome you, eat what is set before you; 9cure the sick who are there, and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you.