Sunday 25th March

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

25th 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

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. Galileo Galilei

 

Action for the week

Look out for the Bee symbol when buying seeds and plants.

 

CALENDAR

 

Sunday March 25th – Palm Sunday

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10 am – Assemble for procession at the Park

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12 pm – PCC Meeting in Church

to approve the accounts

3 pm – Night Shelter Social at the home of

Bob and Ruth Lochrie

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 Monday

2.15 pm – Mirth and Moaning

6.30 pm – Stations of the Cross

7 pm – Said Eucharist

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

6.30 pm – Stations of the Cross

7 pm – Eucharist with prayers for healing.

Wednesday

10.30 am – Holy Communion at Dolphinlee House

11.30 am – Holy Communion at Moorside Hall

6.30 pm – Stations of the Cross

7 pm – Said Eucharist

Maundy Thursday

7pm – Festival Eucharist with stripping of the Altars.

Vigil until Midnight.

Good Friday

     9.30 am – Stations of the Cross

10-30 am Children’s Messy Church

12-1 pm – Walk of Witness starting at Dalton Square

2 pm Good Friday Solemn Liturgy

Holy Saturday

    7pm – Bonfire and short service

Sunday April – Easter Sunday

6.30 am – Sunrise Service in Dalton Square

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

6 pm – NO SERVICE

 

Dates for the Diary:

FOCC Vintage Tea – Saturday April 14th

Christ Church hall, 2-4 pm. In aid of Friends of Chernobyl’s Children – Lancaster. Stalls, tea and cakes with live music from a String Trio.

 

Real Easter Eggs

These have now arrived. Please collect from Susan.

 

Fairtrade stall.

Thank you to everyone who helped to run the Fairtrade stall. £108.20 worth of food and gifts were sold.

 

Gardening Afternoon

Thanks to everyone who came and joined in.

 

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 …

 

Isaiah 50

The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious,  I did not turn backwards. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.  The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame;  he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty?

 

Philippians 2

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Mark 11

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this, “The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.” ’ 4They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, 5some of the bystanders said to them, ‘What are you doing, untying the colt?’ 6They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. 7Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it. 8Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. 9Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!’ Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.