Sunday 25th 2018

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

25th February 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 Askew, Josephine Smith, Norman Borrill, baby Lucy, Reg Boss, Margaret and Graham Bullock, Anne Duncan


Thought for the week

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw
Action for the week

Change one item in your weekly shop to a Fairtrade food product.



Sunday February 25th – Second Sunday of Lent

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church followed by Champagne and cake!

11.45 am – Lent group in the Church hall

6 pm –  Said Eucharist


9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

7.30 pm – ‘God, the Earth and Us’- Talk at The Cornerstone. See details below


5.30 pm – Meditation

6 pm – Evening Prayer


9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Eucharist at Dolphinlee House.

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

1.45 pm – Woman’s World day of prayer at St Thomas’ Lancaster.

Sunday March 4th – Third Sunday of Lent

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church and Fairtrade stall.

11.45 am – Lent group in the Church hall

6 pm –  Said Eucharist


Tuesday 27th February 7.30 pm – ‘God, the Earth and Us’- Talk be Fr Eamonn Mulcahy Exploring the urgent call to saving and nurturing our planet. At The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster.


Women’s World day of Prayer – Friday 2nd March

1.45 pm St Thomas’ Church Lancaster. This year the theme is ‘All God’s creation is Very Good!’, praying for Suriname.


March 4th Fairtrade stall. The Eco-Church team will be running a stall selling Fairtrade food and gifts after the 10.30 service. This will be an ideal time to buy a gift before Mothering Sunday the following week.


Tuesday 27th February 7.30 pm – ‘God, the Earth and Us’- Talk be Fr Eamonn Mulcahy Exploring the urgent call to saving and nurturing our planet. At The Cornerstone, Sulyard Street, Lancaster.


Posies for Mothering Sunday Audrey is leading the traditional posy making on Saturday 10th March starting at 9.30am in the church vestry. All are welcome and need only bring a pair of scissors and, if possible, some greenery. Everything else required to make the perfect posy will be provided.


Real Easter Egg

If you would like to order a ‘Real Easter Egg’ please sign the list at the back of Church by March 4th. The Real Easter Egg is the only Fairtrade Easter egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter and to support charitable causes. Inside each box is a 24 page Easter story – activity book, a bag of Fairtrade Swiss Chunky Buttons (25g) and a UK made Fairtrade milk chocolate egg (125g). Payment on collection.


LENT GROUPS There will be a discussion group after the 10-30 service on Sundays on Lent. We are using material called  Cross Shaped Jesus, which is part of the Jesus Shaped People initiative from a couple of years ago.


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


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 17 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.’ 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, 4‘As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 5No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations. 6I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you. God said to Abraham, ‘As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.’


Mark 8 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, ‘Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.’ He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, ‘If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. 36For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.’