Sunday 12th November

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

12th 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, Mary Pye

 

Thought for the week

Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.

Elizabeth Bibesco

 

Action for the week

Buy charity Christmas cards. They are a double gift.

 

CALENDAR

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 Hall

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday  

9.15 am – Morning prayer at the Vicarage

Tuesday

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.

 

Wednesday

9.20 am – Morning prayer

11 am – Funeral of Mary Pye in church

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – ‘Tiddlers’ Pre-school group

Sunday 19th November

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12 pm – Confirmation class in the Hall

3 pm – ‘Lacuna’ Concert – see below for details.

6 pm – Taize Eucharist

 

EVENTS COMING SOON:

 

Eco – Church.

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.

 

Taize – Sunday 19th November, 6pm.

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

 

Real Advent Calendars.

If you would like to order an Advent calendar please sign the list at the back of church. They cost £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: 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 …

Amos 5

Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord? It is darkness, not light; as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear; or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by a snake. Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light, and gloom with no brightness in it? I hate, I despise your festivals, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Even though you offer me your burnt-offerings and grain-offerings, I will not accept them; and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals I will not look upon. 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

1 Thessalonians 4

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have died.* 15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died.* 16For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangels call and with the sound of Gods trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord for ever. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

 

Matthew 25

Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids* took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.* 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him. 7Then all those bridesmaids* got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out. 9But the wise replied, No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves. 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids* came also, saying, Lord, lord, open to us 12But he replied, Truly I tell you, I do not know you. 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.*