Sunday 29th April

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

29th April 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, baby Lucy, Reg Boss, Margaret and Graham Bullock, Anne and Ken Duncan

RIP Doreen Yates, Norman Borrill, Darren Hornby

 

Thought for the week

I’m looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past. Mike Rowe
Action for the week

Put it to sleep and save energy! If you’ll be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes, change it to “sleep” mode.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday April 29th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.15 am – APCM Elections

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12 pm – Discussion group

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday

9.15 am – Morning Prayer, Vicarage

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

Wednesday

11.30 am – Holy Communion at Moorside Hall

5.30 pm – Meditation

6 pm – Evening prayer

Friday

     9.30 am – Said Eucharist

Holy Communion at Dolphinlee House

10-30 am Tiddlers (Pre-School group)

Sunday May 6th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

12.30 pm – Holy baptisms. Marcia & Kathryn-May

12 pm – Discussion group

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM)

This will be held TODAY. The elections for such roles as churchwardens, church council members etc will take place at 10-15am. Reports will be delivered as part of the 10-30 service.

 

ELECTORAL ROLL

We are currently updating the Electoral Roll. If you live outside the parish you’ll need to fill in a form. More information and the forms are available from the clergy.

 

SUSAN’S MINISTRY DATES

Susan is leaving us to become the Vicar of Slyne, Halton and Aughton. She will be instituted and inducted on Thursday 14th June at 7-30pm at Halton church. Her last Sunday here will be Sunday 20th May with a Jacob’s Join following the 10-30 service.

 

VISION MAPPING AND FUTURE PLANNING

We are looking forward to welcoming Rev Dr Richard Impey to work with us as we plan out the future life of our church. he is joining us as preacher on May 6th and 13th, and then again on  June 10th. On Sundays May 13th and June 10th he is also leading exciting workshops and discussion groups from 9-15 until 10-15, and then from 12-00 to 1-00. These are open to everyone! Please put these dates in your diary and make sure you attend. It’s helpful if you can sign up so that we can get the right amount of refreshments.

 

Friday 25th May, 7pm – Family Ceilidh

At The Centre@Halton to raise funds for FOCC. Tickets £10 or £30 per family. Call 07854597185 to reserve your tickets.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 22

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ 2He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. 4On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. 5Then Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.’ 6Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. 7Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘Father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?’ 8Abraham said, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together. When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. 11But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ 12He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ 13And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. 14So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’ The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16and said, ‘By myself I have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their enemies, 18and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.’

 

John 15

‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine-grower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.