Sunday 14th July 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 14th July 2019

A very warm welcome to Christ Church, especially to 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 join us for refreshments after the 10:30 service.

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, 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, Olive Niccolls, Kristine Boss, Youngblood McCray, Amanda Flattery, David, Len Fletcher, Ernie Wilson

RIP Stewart Cross, Walter Crossley, Helga Hulme, Garry Humphryes (priest), Christina Dimond

Thought for the week

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.                                                                  Alice Walker

Action for the week

Remember not to leave equipment on standby, it still uses energy.


Sunday July 14th  4th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist (Canon Peter Ballard)

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist (Canon Chris Newlands), followed by discussion group


5.30 pm Silent meditation

6 pm Evening Prayer


7.15 pm Choir Practice


9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday July 21st  5th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group


A very warm welcome and many thanks to Canon Peter Ballard and Canon Chris Newlands, who are kindly presiding at our 8.30 and 10.30 Eucharists respectively today. (Canon Brenda is fulfilling a longstanding commitment to St Paul’s Scotforth this morning.)


Repeated thanks to all involved in the wonderful farewell to Fr Phil and Sarah on 30 June.  Please continue to hold the family in your prayers. The collection for CancerCare is still open for contributions; please see one of the Churchwardens to add to this farewell gift.


Might you be able to help with this lovely group which resumes in September on Friday mornings at 10:30?  Please talk to Canon Brenda, Audrey, Jane or Julia.


We are blessed with a beautiful insect- and bird-friendly churchyard.  Please give Audrey or Julian a contribution to the cost of bird food


Cleaning now only takes place on alternate Tuesdays at 9:30 am. Please come and help next on 23rd July.

PRAYER REQUESTS  You can text requests for prayer to 07980 351855. Ask Pat if you’d like to join the prayer network.

FOOD BANK As well as the usual items, the Food Bank needs donations of lentils, chick peas, vegetable oil and rice.


Bishop Philip North is leading a Quiet Day with the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins “I meet Him the day I greet Him” at Whalley Abbey on Thursday 25th July.  £20 including lunch. Please see the notice at the back of church.

Readings Sunday 14th July

Deuteronomy 30.9-14

And the Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?’ No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.

Colossians 1.1-14

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,  To the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father. In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God. This you learned from Epaphras, our beloved fellow-servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf, and he has made known to us your love in the Spirit. For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Luke 10. 25-37

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ He said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’   But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbour?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

EUCHARISTS: Sundays: 8:30, 10:30, 6 pm (1st Sunday); Fridays: 9:30 am

Key contacts:

The Vicar: Fr Phil Hudd.

Please contact one of the Churchwardens or Canon Brenda Harding – details below.

Associate Priest: Canon Brenda Harding 66071

Lay Reader:  Dr Pat Allen 39552.

Churchwarden: Dr Paul Thompson 34949

Churchwarden: Mrs Jacqueline Stamper 64083

Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Ms Jane Lippitt 07930 979503

Children’s Church: Mrs Liz Mills 67005

Nightshelter Co-ordinator: Ms Jan Norbury 07547 717 060

Hall Bookings

07980 351855

Christ Church School Ms Emma Simpson 60955