Sunday 22nd October

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

22nd 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

Faith is the flame that eliminates fear, and faith is the emperor of dreams. Suzy Kassem

 

Action for the week

Donate green cleaning products to church so that they can be used in the hall and elsewhere.

 

CALENDAR

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 – 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

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am  – ‘Tiddlers’ Preschool group

Sunday October 29th All Saints’ Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

AMNESTY

Now that the old £1 coins are no longer legal tender, please donate yours to church funds. We are still able to bank them.

 

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’.

 

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.

 

ALL SOULS DAY

We will keep All Souls on Sunday 5th November at the 6pm service. If you would like the make of a loved departed ne read out at that service, please add their name to the list one the noticeboard and please also ensure that you do attend the service.

 

CHURCH COUNCIL

The next meeting is on 8th November at 7pm in our church school.

 

RIPLAY CHURCH REFERENCE FORMS

LAST CHANCE – 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.

 

NIGHTSHELTER NEWS Training session is TODAY 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.

 

 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 45

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him and the gates shall not be closed: I will go before you and level the mountains,* I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places, so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me.  I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me,  so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.

 

1 Thessalonians 1

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers and sisters* beloved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. 9For the people of those regions* report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.

 

Matthew 22

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. 16So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not? 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. 20Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title? 21They answered, The emperor. Then he said to them, Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.  22When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.