Sunday 21st October

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

21stOctober 2018


Thought for the week

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. Arthur Ashe


Action for the week

Start to clear out children’s toys ready for our church Toy Sunday on 16thDecember.



Sunday October 21st 

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist followed by discussion group

5-00pm Said Eucharist with reflections


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


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome


10-20am Vicar leading whole school worship

5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer


9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10-30am Tiddlers

Sunday October 28th  

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist followed by discussion group



  • 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!


ECO CHURCH On 18th November there will be a presentation by Pam Martin entitled “Caring for our common home: the bottom line – carbon footprint reduction”. Pam Martin is an Assessor for Eco Church: A Rocha UK’s award scheme for England and Wales. The event will take place in the church hall at 12pm after morning service. Refreshments will be provided. It would be helpful if you could sign up to the event if you plan to attend. The normal study group will not take place on that date but it is hoped that group members will attend the presentation.”


SAFEGUARDING We need to 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.



  • Hunger lunch on Advent Sunday (proceeds to Children’s Society)
  • Advent Day of Prayer in church 7thDecember
  • Christingle, Nativity and Toy Sunday 16thDecember (we collect good quality used or new toys to distribute to families in need)
  • Epiphany chalks



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.


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 …

Isaiah 53 Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have all turned to our own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By a perversion of justice he was taken away. Who could have imagined his future? For he was cut off from the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people. They made his grave with the wicked and his tomb with the rich, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth. Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain. When you make his life an offering for sin, he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days; through him the will of the Lord shall prosper. Out of his anguish he shall see light; he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge. The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he poured out himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


Hebrews 5 Every high priest chosen from among mortals is put in charge of things pertaining to God on their behalf, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness; 3and because of this he must offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people. 4And one does not presume to take this honour, but takes it only when called by God, just as Aaron was. So also Christ did not glorify himself in becoming a high priest, but was appointed by the one who said to him, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’; as he says also in another place, ‘You are a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchizedek.’ 7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered; 9and having been made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, 10having been designated by God a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.


Mark 10 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ 36And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ 37And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ 38But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ 39They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’ When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. 45For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’