The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
22nd July 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, Robert Becket, Rhys Swain
RIP Doreen Slinger
Thought for the week
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time. John Lubbock
Action for the week
Read Thought for the Week and do it!
Sunday July 22nd
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist
6 pm – Said Eucharist
9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome
5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer
9.30 am – Said Eucharist
Sunday July 29th
8.30 am – Said Eucharist
10.30 am – Parish Eucharist
6 pm – Said Eucharist
The list of people who we pray for by name has become very long, and a lot of those we name we are no longer in contact with. Therefore in August we intend to remove all names and start again with a new list of up to date names in September. To ensure that we pray for those who need our prayers during August, please give any names to the clergy before the service starts, who will then do their best to get that name to the person leading the prayers.
The Church Council have had a conversation about our 6-00pm Sunday service. Due to the very low numbers attending and the demands on staff time we a trialling a new pattern of Sunday evening worship. From September onwards there will not be a weekly 6pm Eucharist. Rather there will be a service at 5-00pm on the 1st Sunday of the month (Taize Eucharist) and a service at 5-00pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month (normally a Eucharist). Services will be publicised on the pewsheet, online and on the noticeboard.
We are looking forward to our confirmation service on Sunday 25th November at 10-30am. Children who will then be in school year 6 and older are eligible. Please chat to the clergy and sign up on the noticeboard. Adults are also confirmed. It’s always good when parents and children are confirmed together.
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.
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.
The Bible readings for today …
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. 2Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. 3Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord. The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’
So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— 12remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. 15He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, 16and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; 18for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, 20built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. 21In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; 22in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.
The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. 34As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. 54When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, 55and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.