The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
19th 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 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: Â Hannah Warriner, Cath Jarvis, Hilda Westerman, Youngblood McCray, Jean Stanfield, Lesley Long, David and Audrey Askew, Josephine Smith, Norman Borrill, baby Lucy
RIP Mary Pye
Thought for the week
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare
Action for the week
Give a Christmas gift which helps people living in poverty. Find ideas on the Tearfund and Traidcraft websites.
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
9.15 am – First Aid Course in the Church hall.
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
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am Â – ‘Tiddlers’ Pre-school group
Sunday 26th November – Christ The King
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
9.15 – ConfirmationÂ rehearsal.
10.30 am – Confirmation service and Children’s Church (Nativity Rehearsal)
6 pm – Said Eucharist
Eco – Church. The theme for the end of November and December is doing Christmas Lightly.
‘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 Anna Richings for tickets and more details.
Christmas Fund Raisers:
Creative Christmas Party. Saturday 9th December, 3.30 – 6pm, in the Church hall. Games, activities, food and entertainment for everyone! Details to follow.
Auction of promises. Sunday 10th December, after the 10.30 service. Could you donate an item or offer your time or talent to be auctioned? Maybe you could do an hour’s ironing or gardening, donate a Christmas cake or even wrap some Christmas presents. Please see Susan who will be collecting your offers of promises
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 have launched a new 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 £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 …
Zephaniah 1 Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is at hand; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice, he has consecrated his guests. At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the people who rest complacently* on their dregs, those who say in their hearts, The Lord will not do good, nor will he do harm. Their wealth shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them. The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter, the warrior cries aloud there. That day will be a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements. I will bring such distress upon people that they shall walk like the blind; because they have sinned against the Lord, their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lords wrath; in the fire of his passion the whole earth shall be consumed; for a full, a terrible end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
1 Thessalonians 5 – please read at home
Matthew 25 For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his masters money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents. 21His master said to him, well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master. 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents. His master said to him, Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master. 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours. 26But his master replied, You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.