Sunday 26th November

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

26th 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

 

Thought for the week

The freedom of other people, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation. Mikhail Bakunin


Action for the week

Don’t forget to take your bags when you go Christmas Shopping!

 

CALENDAR

Sunday 26th November – Christ The King

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

9.15 – Confirmation  rehearsal.

10.30 am – Confirmation service and Children’s Church (Nativity Rehearsal)

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday  

9.15 am – Morning Prayer

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

2.15 – Mirth and Moaning

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’ Pre-school group

Saturday

12 noon – Wedding

Sunday 3rd December – Advent Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

9.15 – LRGS service

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church Nativity Rehearsal)

12 pm – Confirmation class in the Hall

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

Eco Church The theme for the end of November and December is doing Christmas Lightly.

 

Real Advent Calendars These have now arrived. Please collect from Susan. They cost £3.99 and the money is paid when you receive it.

 

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! Please sign up to help on the list on the noticeboard. There is a special guest coming!!!

 

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.

 

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 …

 

Ezekiel 34 For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. 12As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. 14I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice. Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, 22I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.

 

Matthew 25

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34Then the king will say to those at his right hand, Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; 35for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. 37Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? 38And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? 39And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you? 40And the king will answer them, Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family,* you did it to me. 41Then he will say to those at his left hand, You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; 42for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me 44Then they also will answer, Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you? 45Then he will answer them, Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me. 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.