The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
3rd June 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 Gwen Whiteside, Jim Garbett
Thought for the week
Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Action for the week
When you are outside, STOP and LOOK AROUND you. Take time to appreciate what you can see and hear.
Sunday June 3rd
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist
6 pm – Said Euchrist
9-15 Morning Prayers at Vicarage
10-00 Standing Committee at Vicarage
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome
11-30 Eucharist at Moorside Hall
5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10-30 am – Tiddlers (Pre-School group)
Sunday June 10th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
6 pm – Said Eucharist
Thank you! To everyone for the wonderful send off you gave me on Sunday! I was very grateful for all the lovely cards and gifts, but most especially for your kind words of appreciation and your best wishes for my future ministry. I hope that many of you will be able to join me for my Institution at St Wilfrid’s Halton on June 14th at 7.30pm and I look forward to seeing you then. Love and blessings, Susan.
Christian Aid. Big breakfast and Great North swim sweepstake Thank you to all those who supported the Big Breakfast last Saturday. We raised £260. Susan Seed is doing the Great North Swim on June 9th. You can pledge £2 to make a guess at how long it will take her on the form on the notice board, and help raise some more money for Christian Aid.
ECO CHURCH AWARD We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Silver Award from the Eco Church award body. Really well done to the team who keep working away at this.
STANDING COMMITTEE Next meeting is Monday 4 June 10-00 at the Vicarage.
SUSAN’S MINISTRY DATES Susan will be instituted and installed as Vicar of Slyne, Halton and Aughton Thursday 14th June at 7-30pm at Halton church. Ther isn’t much car parking so we are hoping to take full cars. Cars will leave Christ Church at 6-45pm prompt so please be at the church just after 6-30pm.
VISION MAPPING AND FUTURE PLANNING Thank you Rev Dr Richard Impey who preached last week and led the workshops before and after the 10-30 service. We look forward to welcoming him back on Sunday 10th June to work with us as we plan out the future life of our church. 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 this date 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.
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.
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.
The Bible readings for today …
Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13For six days you shall labour and do all your work. 14But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you. 15Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.
2 Corinthians 4
For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. 6For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. 8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. 11For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. 12So death is at work in us, but life in you.
One sabbath he was going through the cornfields; and as they made their way his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24The Pharisees said to him, ‘Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?’ 25And he said to them, ‘Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need of food? 26He entered the house of God, when Abiathar was high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and he gave some to his companions.’ 27Then he said to them, ‘The sabbath was made for humankind, and not humankind for the sabbath; 28so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.’ Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. 2They watched him to see whether he would cure him on the sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come forward.’ 4Then he said to them, ‘Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the sabbath, to save life or to kill?’ But they were silent. 5He looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him