Sunday 2nd December 2018

           The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

2nd December 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, Ann Holmes

 

Thought for the week

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Action for the week

Prepare new or good quality used toys for our Toy Sunday collection on 16thDecember.

These go to local families in need.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday December 2ndADVENT SUNDAY    

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

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

5-00p, Taize Eucharist

Monday

9-15am Morning prayers at the Vicarage

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 ADVENT DAY OF PRAYER ALL DAY IN CHURCH

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10-30am Tiddlers

Sunday December 9th   

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.

 

POSADA

The travelling Holy Family begin their journey today. 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.

 

SAFEGUARDING

Many thanks to all those who have completed the C0 safeguarding training. The next and final stage of training will take place on Saturday 12th January and will be delivered by a member of the Diocese Safeguarding Team. People who need to attend this training are: Church Wardens, PCC members, Children’s Church Leaders, Safeguarding Officer.

Details of venue nearer the time but please make a note of this date in your diaries. Thank you, Jane

 

STANDING COMMITTEE

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

 

FAIRTRADE

Next Sunday 9ththere will be a Fairtrade stall at the back of the church after the 10-30 service. Please bring extra money to support this!

 

SUNDAY 16thDECEMBER

The Sunday where everything happens! Children’s Church Nativity play, Christingle and Toy Sunday. Please bring good quality used or new toys to distribute to local families in need.

 

NIGHTSHELTER NEWS

The nightshelter is busy with up to 15 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 are 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

  • Epiphany chalks – details later

 

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 …

Jeremiah 33

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

 

1 Thessalonians 3

9How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. 13And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.

 

Luke 21

‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. 28Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’ Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees;30as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. ‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, 35like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’