The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
10th 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 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: Hannah Warriner, Cath Jarvis, Hilda Westerman, Youngblood McCray, Jean Stanfield, Lesley Long, David and Audrey Askew, Josephine Smith, Norman Borrill, baby Lucy, Reg Boss
Thought for the week
For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. T.S. Eliot (Little Gidding)
Action for the week
Shop locally to support your local economy and community.
Sunday 10th December –
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church (Nativity Rehearsal)
11.45 am – Auction of Promises, In Church
12.15 pm – Advent discussion group 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
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
10-00 to 12 noon Nativity rehearsal in church
10 am – 12.30 – Churches Together Carol singing at Marketgate
Sunday 17th December –
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, Nativity and Toy Service.
11.45 am – 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.
CHURCH FINANCES The Vicar and the Treasurer have recently had a very helpful conversation with the Diocese about our Parish Share. In short, we must make a final payment of £10,700 before the end of December. Projected income would leave the bank balances very low indeed. Together can we try to raise an extra £3,000 to £5,000 before Christmas? PLEASE think about making an extra financial gift to your church so that we can start 2018 well.
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.
CHRISTINGLE The Childrens Society annual Christingle celebration is on Sunday 17th December along with the Nativity and Toy Service. All Christ Church School families will receive Christingle Collection candles via school. Collection candles for everyone else are available at the back of church. Donations towards the cost of the Christingles will be gratefully received by Dave or Julie Buckley or can be handed to a member of the clergy.
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.
Auction of promises – TODAY 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
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.
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 £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 40 Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lords hand double for all her sins. A voice cries out: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. A voice says, Cry out! And I said, What shall I cry? All people are grass, their constancy is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever. Get you up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good tidings; *lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,* lift it up, do not fear; say to the cities of Judah, Here is your God! See, the Lord God comes with might, and his arm rules for him; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep.
2 Peter 3 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. 9The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you,* not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.* Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, 12waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? 13But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; 15and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.
Mark 1 The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight, 4John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6Now John was clothed with camels hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7He proclaimed, The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. 8I have baptized you with* water; but he will baptize you with* the Holy Spirit.