Sunday 25th November 2018

           The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

25thNovember 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 Pat Harrison, Cyril Baxter, Ken Nicholson, Ray Fryers

 

Thought for the week

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Charles Spurgeon

 

Action for the week

When you do your Christmas shopping buy extras for those less fortunate. Give them to the foodbank or our homeless shelter. Tinned food, socks and gloves, chocolate biscuits …

 

CALENDAR

Sunday November 25th   

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Confirmations with Bishop Julian

Monday

9-15am Morning prayers at the Vicarage

Monday – Thursday: Vicar is on conference/retreat

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

Wednesday

10-20am Vicar leading whole school worship Christ Church school

5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10-30am Tiddlers

Sunday December 2ndADVENT SUNDAY   

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

5-00pm Taize Eucharist

 

SIGN UP FOR …

  1. Real Advent Calendars £3.99. PAY ON COLLECTION.Please see Pat or Fr Phil.
  2. Follow the Star booklets £1.50. PAY ON ORDER.This is a national church scheme which runs from Christmas Eve to Epiphany. There is an example of the booklet on the noticeboard.
  3. Hunger lunch on 2ndDecember, Advent Sunday, at the Vicarage 1 til 3pm. Simple but good lunch. Minimum £5 donation adults, £3 children – all proceeds to the Children’s Society. SIGN UP IN ADVANCE BUT PAY ON THE DAY.

 

POSADA

The travelling Holy Family begin their journey next week. Please sign up on the noticeboard. You are responsible for taking the characters to the person after you so please take a note of that name and phone number. This has always been really popular so please sign up again this year.

 

ECO CHURCH

Thanks to Pam Martin (leader) and everyone who attended the excellent meeting last Sunday. It was attended and greatly enjoyed.

 

STANDING COMMITTEE

Next meeting for Wardens, Treasurer and Clerk is Monday 3rdDecember 10-30 at the Vicarage.

 

NIGHTSHELTER NEWS

The nightshelter is busy with up to 13 people a night sleeping over. Physical health needs are not always being well met, with examples of extreme abscesses being seen. Prayers and action please!

 

RECYCLING

The recycling drawers in the hall kitchen ae filling up quickly at the moment. ANYONE can take away a bag of recycling to put out with theirs – please try to do so. Thank you.

 

ADVENT DAY OF PRAYER

This will take place in church on Friday 7thDecember, starting at 9-30am and ending with Evening Prayers at 3-30pm. We are not expecting you to stay all day (although you are very welcometo!). There is a programme on the noticeboard and we hope that you will drop in to the parts that interest and attract you.

 

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS EVENTS

  • Fair trade stall 9thDecember 11-30am
  • Christingle, Nativity and Toy Sunday 16thDecember (we collect good quality used or new toys to distribute to families in need)
  • Epiphany chalks

 

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 on an ongoing basis.

 

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 …

Daniel 7

As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took his throne; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and flowed out from his presence. A thousand thousand served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood attending him.
The court sat in judgement, and the books were opened. 13As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. 14 To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.

 

Revelation 1

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, 6and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
7 Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

 

John 18

Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ 35Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’ 36Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ 37Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’