Sunday 21st January

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

21st 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: Dorothy Cox, Dot Turner

 

Thought for the week

There are plenty of ruined buildings in the world but no ruined stones.

Hugh MacDiarmid

 
Action for the week

Investigate green energy providers using a comparison website eg www.greenelectricity.org

 

CALENDAR

Sunday January 21st

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

followed by Eco-Church event in the Hall

6 pm – Taize Eucharist

Monday

9.15 am – Morning prayer in Church – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Tuesday

9.00 am – Morning prayer at St Paul’s Scotforth Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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

6 pm – Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

Sunday January 28th – Homeless Sunday

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

9.15 am – LRGS Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

6 pm –  Said 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.

 

TODAY In the Church hall, Drinks and Cake provided.

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 21st January, 6.30 pm – Lancaster Priory: Choral Evensong for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Preacher: Fr Steve Pearson, Lancaster RC Cathedral.

 

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

 

Saturday February 3rd, 10.30 – 3pm: A Festival of Prayer. A day for all ages to explore how prayer changes us and helps us to change the world. For more details talk to Brenda.

 

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.

Food Bank As well as the usual items the Food Bank needs donations of lentils, chick peas, vegetable oil and rice.

 

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.

 

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. 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 …

Genesis 14 After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. 19He blessed him and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth;  and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.

 

Revelation 19 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out, ‘Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready; to her it has been granted to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure’—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.  And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’ 10Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’

 

John 2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.