Sunday 21st July 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 21st July 2019

All are warmly welcomed to Christ Church today, whether you’re with us for the first time or regular worshippers.  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 just return to your seat after receiving the bread.
  • 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, Claire Rayner, Tracey Kennedy

RIP Helga Hulme, Garry Humphryes (priest), Christina Dimond, Carol Gardner

Thought for the week

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them  Ernest Hemingway

Action for the week

Install a smart meter to identify where your real energy costs arise and which appliances to switch off.


Sunday July 21st   5th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group


9:30 am Church cleaning

2:15 pm Mirth & Moaning


5.30 pm Silent meditation

6 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday July 28th   6th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group


In order to create the right atmosphere for worship on Sunday mornings, please keep silence in church for 15 minutes before the service starts.  When Ron starts to play the organ, please avoid loud noise or talking of any kind, so that we can all help each other to create a calm and reflective atmosphere which will draw us closer to God.


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.


Many thanks to Paul and Olwyne for raising the magnificent sum of £125 from their recent sale of toys, DVDs, etc., and to all who contributed to the collection.  Please remember that we still need to raise funds to pay for the imminent work on the roof to make it watertight before the autumn, so please think about making a donation (Gift Aided, if possible).


This group for people in chronic pain next meets on Tuesday 23rd July at 2:15 pm in the Hall.  Please see Jacqueline if you’d like to know more.


The long summer break will inevitably put increased pressure on the food banks, as many parents struggle to feed their children without the support provided during term-time. They have to turn to food banks or other agencies. Please try to bring extra (non-perishable) food for the box at the back of church to go to the Olive Branch.  Your generosity will be much appreciated by families in need this summer.


Bishop Stephen Cottrell will be the keynote speaker at this informative festival at Blackburn Cathedral. The Bishop of Chelmsford will be joined by Sandra Millar, the Church of England expert on life events, and there will be a range of ten workshops from which to choose


Please come and help this Tuesday (23rd July) at 9:30 am.

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

Readings Sunday 21st July

Genesis 18.1-10a

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, ‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.  They said to him, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him.

Colossians 1.15-28

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.  And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.   I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church. I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Luke 10. 38-end

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

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