The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
5th November 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
RIP Helen Noon, Jean Osmotherly
Thought for the week
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come. Rabindranath Tagore
Action for the week
Order a real Advent calendar
Sunday 5th November
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist
12 pm – Confirmation class in the Vestry.
6 pm – All Souls Eucharist
7.30 pm – Night Shelter Social at The White Cross
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
7 pm – PCC Meeting at Christ Church School
7.30 pm – Churches Together at Baptist Church
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am Tiddlers Pre-school group
Sunday 12th November – Remembrance Sunday
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
9.15 am – LRGS Remembrance service
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade service with Act of Remembrance
12 pm – Confirmation class in the Vestry.
6 pm – Said Eucharist
ALL SOULS DAY We will keep All Souls on Sunday 5th November at the 6pm service. If you would like the name of a loved departed one 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.
Eco â€“ Church We have a number of free samples of Green cleaning products available for people to try out. Please take a free raffle ticket and we will select numbers to receive the products. Next meeting – 14th November, 7pm at 55 Masonfield Crescent.
‘Lacuna’ Concert for the Night Shelter.
The upper voice choir ‘Lacuna’ will be performing at Lancaster Methodist Church on Sunday 19th November at 3pm to raise money for the Night Shelter.
Real Advent Calendars. If you would like to order an Advent calendar please sign the list at the back of church. They cost Â£3.99 and the money is paid when you receive it. The calendar comes with a free Christmas story activity booklet and behind each of the 24 windows there is a Fairtrade chocolate and a few words from the Christmas story. As well as celebrating the true meaning of Christmas, the calendar makes a charity donation, from every sale.
FOCC – Please help the Friends of Chernobyl’s Children raise money to fund next year’s visit. There are Calendars for sale at the back of Church costing £6, or 2 for £10. You can also buy raffle tickets which will be drawn daily during Advent to win a prize. Please see Susan for tickets and more details.
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.
CONFIRMATION We are looking forward to welcoming Bishop Philip on 26th November to confirm children and adults.
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: 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 …
Micah 3 Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry Peace when they have something to eat, but declare war against those who put nothing into their mouths. Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without revelation. The sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be black over them; the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God. But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. Hear this, you rulers of the house of Jacob and chiefs of the house of Israel, who abhor justice and pervert all equity, who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with wrong! Its rulers give judgement for a bribe, its priests teach for a price, its prophets give oracles for money; yet they lean upon the Lord and say, Surely the Lord is with us! No harm shall come upon us. Therefore because of you Zion shall be ploughed as a field; Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins, and the mountain of the house a wooded height.
1 Thessalonians 2 please read at home
Matthew 24 As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came to point out to him the buildings of the temple. 2Then he asked them, You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down. When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? 4Jesus answered them, Beware that no one leads you astray. 5For many will come in my name, saying, I am the Messiah!* and they will lead many astray. 6And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines* and earthquakes in various places: 8all this is but the beginning of the birth pangs. Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10Then many will fall away, and they will betray one another and hate one another. 11And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12And because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow cold. 13But anyone who endures to the end will be saved. 14And this good news* of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.