Sunday 7th October 2018

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

7th October 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:  Sheila Kelly, Abdussabur Kirke

RIP Paula Pye

 

Thought for the week

What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.

Meister Eckhart

 

Action for the week

Try to buy hats, gloves and hats for us to give our nightshelter guests when we open in November.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday October 7thHARVEST

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church followed by discussion group

5-00pm Taize Eucharist

Monday

9-15am Morning prayers at the Vicarage. All welcome.

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

Wednesday

10-20am Vicar leading whole school worship

5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10-30am Tiddlers

Sunday October 14th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church followed by discussion group

NIGHTSHELTER NEWS

  • Sunday 28thOctober 12 noon to 2-00pm

      Information session for new and existing volunteers starting with lunch in the church hall.

  • Monday 5thNovember nightshelter opens for new season.

 

CLEANER We are desperate to find a small handful of people who can give the hall a basic clean during the week between November and March. This takes around an hour a time. Please speak to Fr Phil if you might be able to help.

 

CONFIRMATION CLASSES This year we are doing our confirmation preparation  in a new and exciting way. The one-day session is on Saturday 27thOctober, starting at 9-30 with breakfast and ending after a short act of worship a 2-30. Lunch will be provided. We hope that parents might be able to stay for some or all of the day. We are also inviting anyone else who would like to come and have the day as a refresher!

 

SAFEGUARDING We are very lucky that Jane Lippitt has taken on the significant role of Parish Safeguarding Officer. What we now need to do is make sure that all the right people have done the right level of training. This is a statutory requirement and is to help us to ensure that everyone is safe, and that everyone feels safe. Some people need to do a 45 minute online session, and we have booked Christ Church School (and their iPads) so that we can do this all together and with help. The date is 17thNovember to start at 9-30am PROMPT and is for: Children’s Church, PCC members, Sidespeople, organist and choir, servers. PLEASE make a huge effort to make time to do this. Thank you.

 

HARVEST SUPPER As always, this was good fun with good food and good company. Many thanks to the choir and organist and everyone else who led the singing and entertainment.

 

RIPLEY Would families requiring Fr Phil to sign a church reference form please email him (details overleaf) to arrange an appointment in October.

 

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR)

Changes to legislation earlier this year mean that we have to obtain your consent to contact you. This means you signing a form, and affects everyone. It takes less than a minute! We will be doing this throughout September.

 

TIDDLERSThis 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 …

Genesis 2 Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ 19So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. 21So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.’ Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed.

 

Hebrews 1 Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds.3He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere, ‘What are human beings that you are mindful of them, or mortals, that you care for them? You have made them for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned them with glory and honour, subjecting all things under their feet.’ Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11For the one who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one Father. For this reason Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, 12saying, ‘I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters, in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.’

 

Matthew 6  ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” 32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.