The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
3rd December 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 best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.
Action for the week
When you are doing your supermarket shop, remember to buy an extra item to donate to the Food Bank.
Sunday 3rd December – Advent Sunday
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
9.15 – LRGS service
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church 11.45 am – Advent discussion group
12 pm – Confirmation class in the Hall
6 pm – Said Eucharist
9.15 am – Morning Prayer, Vicarage.
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.
5.30 pm – Evening Prayer
6 pm – Vestry – Wedding and Baptism bookings
9.20 am – Morning prayer
11.30 am – Holy Communion, Moorside Hall
5.30 pm – Silent Meditation
6 pm – Evening Prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am ‘Tiddlers’ Pre-school group
3.30 -6pm – Creative Christmas Party.
Sunday 10th December –
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
1.45 am – Auction of Promises, In Church
12.15 pm – Advent discussion group in the Hall
6 pm – Said Eucharist
Eco – Church. The theme for the end of November and December is doing Christmas Lightly.
Christmas Cards Instead of sending Christmas Cards to members of the congregation and Clergy, you may wish to write your Christmas greetings on the board at the back of Church and give a donation to church in lieu of the cards you would have bought.
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 at the back of church. 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.
Advent Group – THE MEANING IS IN THE WAITING
Â In Advent we are running a three session study and discussion group, based on the weekly readings. The sessions will be held in the church hall on Sundays, immediately after the 10.30 service, beginning on 3rd December. Each session will last about an hour, and will include bible study, prayer, reflection and discussion.
Posada During Advent we will be having a Posada. This is where the figures of Mary and Joseph travel around the parish spending a night in different people’s homes, arriving back on Christmas eve for the crib service. Please sign the list at the back of church to host Mary and Joseph for a night.
FLOWERS We have launched Â 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 Â£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: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 64 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil to make your name known to your adversaries, so that the nations might tremble at your presence! When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. You meet those who gladly do right, those who remember you in your ways. But you were angry, and we sinned; because you hid yourself we transgressed. *We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one who calls on your name, or attempts to take hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us, and have delivered* us into the hand of our iniquity. Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, Lord, and do not remember iniquity for ever. Now consider, we are all your people.
1 Corinthians 1 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my* God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, 5for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind 6just as the testimony of* Christ has been strengthened among you 7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 8He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Mark 13 â€˜But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, Â and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in cloud with great power and glory. 27Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he* is near, at the very gates. 30Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Beware, keep alert;* for you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35Therefore, keep awake for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.