Sunday 17th December

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

17th 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, Reg Boss

 

Thought for the week

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge
 

Action for the week

Support blind people this Christmas by sending your used stamps to RNIB. Put them in the tin on the table at the back of Church or send to PO Box 185, Benfleet, Essex SS7 9BH.

 

CALENDAR

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

Monday  

9.15 am – Morning Prayer, Vicarage.

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome.

2.15 pm – Mirth and Moaning

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – Wedding and Baptism bookings

Wednesday

9.45 am – Christ Church School Carol Service

10.30 am – Holy Communion, Dolphinlee House

11.30 am – Holy Communion, Moorside Hall

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Friday

9.15 am – Ripley St Thomas end of term Eucharist

Sunday 24th December – Christmas eve

9.30 am – Said Eucharist with hymns/Carols

4pm – Crib service

11.30 pm – Midnight Mass by Candlelight

Monday 25th December – Christmas day

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Family service and Eucharist

Tuesday 26th December – Boxing Day

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

Sunday 31st December

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist

No 6pm service today

 

Fundraising Thanks

Thank you to everyone who helped in any way with our Creative Christmas Party and Auction of Promises. The two events made just under £600.

 

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 are 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.

 

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.

 

Advent Group – THE MEANING IS IN THE WAITING

The last group meets today after the 10-30 service.

 

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:19 Dec . 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 61 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lords favour, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to provide for those who mourn in Zion to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations. For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

1 Thessalonians Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise the words of prophets,* 21but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22abstain from every form of evil.  May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound* and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

 

John 1 1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who are you? 20He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah. 21And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah? He said, I am not. Are you the prophet? He answered, No 22Then they said to him, Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself? 23He said, I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as the prophet Isaiah said. Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. 25They asked him, Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah,* nor Elijah, nor the prophet? 26John answered them, I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, 27the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal. 28This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.