The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
24th 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 Steve Taylor
Thought for the week
Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset. Saint Francis de Sales
Action for the week
www.plasticfreejuly.org Can you do it?
Sunday June 24th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church, followed by discussion group.
6 pm – Said Eucharist
9-15 Morning Prayers at Vicarage
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome
2-15pm Mirth and moaning in church hall
2-50pm Fr Phil leads whole school worship Christ Church
5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer
7-00 pm Church council at Christ Church School
12-30pm LRGS Leaves’ Service in church
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
10-30 am – Tiddlers (Pre-School group)
1-00pm Stacey and George’s wedding at church
Sunday July 1st
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church
6 pm – Said Eucharist
MIRTH AND MOANING The informal support group for those living with pain or distress meets on TUESDAY at 2-15 in the church hall. All welcome. More details from Jacqueline Stamper.
The next Church Council meeting is Wednesday 27th June, 7pm start at Christ Church School.
Sunday 8th July
We welcome the new Quernmore Rod Co-op at the end of our 10-30am service, to provide all our refreshments.
Thank you! For Susan’s gift of £325 as her leaving present … she is putting the money towards the cost of a new cope, which is what we wear when conducting weddings (and sometimes baptisms).
Christian Aid. Great North swim sweepstake Susan Seed did the Great North Swim last weekend in 53 minutes 54 seconds. George Peddar is the winner of the sweepstake.
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.
VISION MAPPING AND FUTURE PLANNING
Sincere thanks to rev Richard Impey for leading our events over the last two months. Feedback and reports are online on our website.
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 …
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: 2 ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. ‘Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone when the morning stars sang together and all the heavenly beings shouted for joy? ‘Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb?— when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed bounds for it, and set bars and doors, and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stopped”?
2 Corinthians 6
As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. 2For he says, ‘At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.’ See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! 3We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labours, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, 7truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8in honour and dishonour, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. 12There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. 13In return—I speak as to children—open wide your hearts also.
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ 36And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ 39He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ 41And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’