The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
6th May 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 Norman Borrill, Darren Hornby, Gwen Whiteside
Thought for the week
I’m continually inspired by nature, and the rainbow is one of nature’s greatest optical phenomenons … rainbows signify optimism and positivity: with them comes the sunshine after the rain. Matthew Williamson
Action for the week
Wherever possible, replace disposable products with reusable ones (i.e., razor, batteries, ink cartridges (buy refill ink), coffee filters.
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
9.15 am – Morning Prayer, Vicarage
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome
6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings
No Meditation or Evening prayer
7 pm ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ launch at Blackburn Cathedral
9.30 am – Said Eucharist Ascension Day
10-30 am – Tiddlers (Pre-School group)
Sunday May 13th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
9.15 am – Workshop
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
12-1 pm -Workshops and discussion groups
12.30 pm – Holy Baptism. Emily
6 pm – Taize Eucharist
Dates for the Diary:
Sunday 13th May – Taize Eucharist
Please come and join us for this quiet reflective Eucharist service which incorporates Taizé chants.
Saturday 19th May ‘Big Breakfast’ for Christian Aid
9-11 am at the Vicarage, 1 East Road. Come along and enjoy breakfast before going home to watch the Royal Wedding and or the FA Cup Final! Tickets £4 for Adults and £2 for children.
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.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM)
Thank you to everyone who stood for election and appointment last week. Every role is important and significant in the life of our church.
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
Today we welcome Rev Dr Richard Impey to work with us as we plan out the future life of our church. On Sundays May 13th and June 10th he is 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.
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 …
Isaiah 55 Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live. I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. ‘See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 5 See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
Acts 10 While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. 45The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles, 46for they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter said, 47‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ 48So he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they invited him to stay for several days.
John 15 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 16You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.