Sunday 27th January 2019

           The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 27thJanuary 2019


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, Graham Lee, Norman Haworth

RIP Margaret Winder, Brenda Trewhitt, Diane Smith, Stella Downham


Thought for the week.

Today you are you!

That is truer than true!

There is no one alive who is you-er than you!

Dr. Seuss


Action for the week

Write a post-it note or card to someone you know every day this week, telling them what you value and appreciate in them.



Sunday January 27th      

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

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


9-15am Morning prayers at the Vicarage

10-00am Standing Committee at the Vicarage


9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

2-15pm Mirth and Moaning in the hall


10-10am Vicar leads Christ Church school worship

5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer


9.30am Said Eucharist

10-30am Tiddlers

10-30am Communion service at Dolphinlee House

Sunday February 3rdCandlemas    

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

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



A good afternoon was enjoyed yesterday!


Reminder – EcoChurch monthly plastics collection for recycling next Sunday 3rd February.



All welcome to join the nightshelter team and volunteers at Wetherspoons from 6pm on Friday 1stFebruary. Stay for as long as you like/are able!


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…


  1. Save the stamps from your Christmas cards!
  2. 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.

  1. 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!



This helpful and supportive group has resumed this year. It meets 2-15pm in the church hall to offer company, support and self-help for anyone living in pain, upset or any kind of hardship. Next meetings are: 29 Jan; 26 Feb. Details from Jacqueline – all welcome.



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.


Sunday Readings

Nehemiah 8

All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. 2Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month.3He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6Then Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen’, lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 8So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10Then he said to them, ‘Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’


1 Corinthians 12

No room to print – please read at home.


Luke 4

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’