Sunday 28th July 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 28th 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:  Olive Niccolls, Kristine Boss, Youngblood McCray, Amanda Flattery, David, Len Fletcher, Claire Rayner, Tracey Kennedy, Reg Boss, Olwyne Thompson, Anna Morris

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

Thought for the week

To forgive is powerful. To be forgiven is priceless. To embody the two is a blessing.   Traci D Greene

Action for the week

If replacing domestic appliances, try to buy better quality that will last, and those with good efficiency rating.

CALENDAR

Sunday July 28th   6th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group

Wednesday

5.30 pm Silent meditation

6 pm Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday August 4th   7th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist

6.00 pm Taizé Eucharist

QUIET TIME BEFORE THE EUCHARIST

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 the organ starts to play, 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.

TAIZÉ EUCHARIST

Our next Taizé Eucharist is next Sunday, 4th August, at 6 pm. Please join us for this simple reflective service with easy-to-sing chants.

PLASTICS RECYCLING

Next Sunday, please remember to bring any plastics you can’t recycle at home so that they can be taken to a centre that will recycle them.

TIDDLERS

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.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS & FOOD BANKS

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.

DISCUSSION GROUP

The group meets today after the 10:30 service, but will not meet during August, and resume on 1st September after the summer break.

CHURCH CLEANING

Please come and help on Tuesday 6th August 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 28th July

Genesis 18.20-32

Then the Lord said, ‘How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin! I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.’  So the men turned from there, and went towards Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham came near and said, ‘Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?’ And the Lord said, ‘If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.’ Abraham answered, ‘Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?’ And he said, ‘I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.’ Again he spoke to him, ‘Suppose forty are found there.’ He answered, ‘For the sake of forty I will not do it.’ Then he said, ‘Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there.’ He answered, ‘I will not do it, if I find thirty there.’ He said, ‘Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.’ He answered, ‘For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.’ Then he said, ‘Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.’ He answered, ‘For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.’

Colossians 2.6-15

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.

Luke 11. 1-13

He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.’ He said to them, ‘When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.’ And he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.” And he answers from within, “Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.” I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. ‘So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’

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

brendakharding@hotmail.com   

Lay Reader:  Dr Pat Allen 39552.

Churchwarden: Dr Paul Thompson 34949

Churchwarden: Mrs Jacqueline Stamper64083 j.stamper@btinternet.com

Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Ms Jane Lippitt 07930 979503

Children’s Church: Mrs Liz Mills 67005

Nightshelter Co-ordinator: Ms Jan Norbury 07547 717 060   coordinator.nightshelter@gmail.com

Hall Bookings hallchristchurch@btinternet.com 

07980 351855

Christ Church School Ms Emma Simpson 60955