Sunday 14th January 2018

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

14th January 2018

 

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, Margaret and Graham Bullock

RIP: Diane Cox, Dot Turner

 

Thought for the week

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instil in us. Hal Borland
Action for the week

Did you know one in 10 unwanted Christmas gifts end up in landfill sites? Take yours to a charity shop or swop them online.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday January 14th

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday

9.15 am – Morning prayer

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

Wednesday

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation then Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am -11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)

Sunday January 21st

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

6 pm – Taize Eucharist

 

Epiphany Gifts

Please sign the list at the back of the church to help us purchase the items needed over the next twelve months. You may also like to think about offering a gift of time to help with the running of our church and its activities. If everyone gave an hour of their time once a month it would make the load lighter for others and help to expand our ministry in the local community.

 

Sunday 21st January, 10.30 am – Eco Church.

On this Sunday there will be the opportunity to contribute to our Eco-Church initiative. The working Party would like to find out about your success and  difficulties with improving the environment, and what areas of concern you would like the group to consider.

 

Sunday 21st January, 6 pm – Taize Eucharist

Please come and join us for this quiet reflective Eucharist service which incorporates Taizé chants.

 

Sunday 28th January – Homeless Sunday.

At 10.30 there will be a special service to:

  • Show our concern for individuals affected by homelessness
  • Challenging the conditions that create it
  • Celebrating work that tackles the problem and especially the work of our night shelter

 

Tuesday February 5th at 7.30 pm – Christian Aid Talk at Trinity URC Bowerham Rd. Andrew Kirkham of Christian Aid will be talking about his recent visit to Christian Aid’s partners in Haiti and their vital work after the devastating earthquake in 2010.

 

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

 

CHURCH FINANCES Thank you for generous response to last year’s appeal to end the year well. We closed 2017 in a better position than we might have done. More details to follow.

 

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 (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 …

1 Samuel 3 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread. At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; 3the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ 5and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. 6The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ 7Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. 8The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. 9Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

 

Revelation 5 Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; 2and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ 3And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. 4And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’ Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. 8When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9They sing a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God saints from every tribe and language and people and nation;  you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God, and they will reign on earth.’

 

John 1 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ 44Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ 46Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ 48Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ 49Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ 50Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ 51And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’