The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
11th March 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 and Ken Duncan, William Buckley
RIP Joan Brindley, Ken Allan
Thought for the week
When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something. John Lewis
Action for the week
Ask for Fairtrade products in your workplace and favourite café.
Sunday March 11th – Mothering Sunday
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Parade service.
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
5.30 pm – Meditation then 6 pm – Evening Prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am -11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)
9.30 am – Making bouquets for Mothering Sunday.
Sunday March 18th – 5th Sunday in Lent
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
9.15 am – LRGS service
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
11.45 am – Lent group in the Church hall
6 pm – Taize Eucharist
Thank you to everyone who helped to run the Fairtrade stall last Sunday. £108.20 worth of food and gifts were sold.
We will be having an afternoon to tidy up the grounds and do some gardening from 2-4pm on Saturday 24th March. Equipment, drinks and cake will be provided!
LENT GROUPS These continue 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 …
Exodus 2 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. 2The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him for three months. 3When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. 4His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him. The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. 6When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,’ she said. 7Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?’ 8Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Yes.’ So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.’ So the woman took the child and nursed it. 10When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’
2 Corinthians 1 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, 4who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. 5For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. 6If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. 7Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.
John 19 Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ 27Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
SUNDAY EUCHARISTS 8-30, 10-30 and 6-00
and Friday 9-30am
Sunday 25th March Palm Sunday
10-30 Parade Service and Family Eucharist with Procession (details tbc).
Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th March
6-30pm Stations of the Cross
7-00pm said Eucharist (Healing Service on Tuesday)
29th March Maundy Thursday
7-00 pm Festival Eucharist with Stripping of the Altars. This is followed by a Vigil until midnight – please feel free to join in for however long you are able to.
30th March Good Friday
9-30am Stations of the Cross
10-30am Children’s activities and worship including hot cross buns and Easter egg hunt in the church grounds
2-00pm Good Friday Solemn Liturgy – families and older children very welcome.
Saturday 31st March Holy Saturday
7-00pm A short service that begins in the church grounds with a bonfire from which the Easter candle is lit.
Sunday 1st April Easter Day
Services at 8-30 and 10-30 (no 6-00 today)
Easter eggs for everyone!