The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
Christmas and New Year 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 Dick White, Ann Holmes
Thoughts for the season
What is Christmas? It is the tenderness of the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future. Agnes M. Pahro
Christmas is the day that holds all time together. Alexander Smith
Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Norman Vincent Peale
Action for the week
Enjoy being with your family and friends, make time for yourself, remember that God loves you.
11-30pmMidnight Mass by Candlelight. The choir sing carols from 11-10 onwards.
10-30amFamily and Child-friendly service to celebrate Christmas. This will finish before 11-30am so you can cook lunch!
A HUGE thank you to you all for your massive generosity at our toy collection service on December 16th. The largest ever amount of toys and gifts went in to Ridge Community Centre and Ridge School to be distributed to local families living in extreme poverty and deprivation at the moment. Thank you!
POSADA The travelling Holy Family have travelled all over the parish an city. People have really enjoyed it. Thank you and well done!
ROOF REPAIRS – APPEAL The extreme weather this autumn led to extensive leaks in the church’s roofs. The most urgent have been repaired, with further emergency work to be done early in 2019. The first phase has cost £6,200, with a further £5,000 needed for the second. This is money the church does not have. Please consider making a Christmas gift to Christ Church towards the cost of this essential and unavoidable work to enable us to carry on worshipping here without further need for buckets! If you can Gift Aid your donation, that adds 25 pence to every £1 you give. Thank you in advance for your help.
Eco Group – Theme for January – Recycling!!
We would like to start 2019 by recycling some of the extra things that appear in our houses over Christmas!! . So please…
- Save the stamps from your Christmas cards!
- Save the Christmas cards!
There will be boxes at the back of church on the 6th and 13th of January for your stamps and cards. These will then be sent to charities or recycled by the Church Eco group.
- Unwanted gifts
If, at the end of the Christmas period, there are gifts in your house that you think someone else could make better use of, please bring those in to church on the dates above. There will be a gift sharing table at the back of church where you can leave your gift and take another item that someone else has left. This is all about reusing and sharing so you don’t need to pay for your gift. However, if you would like to make a donation to the church roof repairs, that would be very much appreciated!
SAFEGUARDING The next and final stage of training will take place on Saturday 12th January at Christ Church School. This 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. Start time to be confirmed but it will be it the morning.
23rdDecember Luke 1 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’
Christmas Day Luke 2 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.10But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’
30thDecember Luke 2 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.44Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.48When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, ‘Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.’ 49He said to them, ‘Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’ 50But they did not understand what he said to them.51Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour.
6thJanuary (Epiphany) Matthew 2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’ Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.