Sunday 1st September 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 1st September 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, Len Fletcher, Claire Rayner, Tracey Kennedy, Reg Boss, Olwyne Thompson, Dorothy Hulme, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Freya de Lysle

RIP Carol Gardner, David Rowell, Amanda Flattery, baby Evie Rose

Thought for the week

Creatures are not just resources but have value in and of themselves and give glory to God. Pope Francis

Action for the week

Shop local and loose, and avoid over-packaged goods.


Sunday 1st September 11th Sunday after Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group

6.00 pm Taizé Eucharist


9:30 am Church cleaning


5.30 pm Evening Prayer

7.30 pm PCC


9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 8th September  12th 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 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.


Our next Taizé Eucharist is today,  Sunday, 1st September, at 6 pm. Please join us for this simple reflective service with easy-to-sing chants.


Brenda would like to thank everyone for all the lovely cards, good wishes, flowers, etc., she received for her 80th birthday, for all the delicious food people kindly brought for her lovely birthday lunch, and for their generous gifts to the Roof Repair Fund.


Thank you to all who contributed to the collection for CancerCare as a leaving gift to mark Fr Phil’s years of ministry here.  We raised £300 for this very worthy cause.


Thank you to everyone who helped bring extra food to go to the Olive Branch to meet the extra need.  Your generosity has been much appreciated by families this summer.


Please come and help on Tuesday 3rd September at 9.30 am.


The PCC meets in the Vestry on Wednesday 4th September at 7:30 pm. 


If you haven’t remembered today to bring any plastics for recycling that can’t be recycled at home, please bring them next on 6th October.

FESTIVAL OF BAPTISM 19th October 2019

We’d like a good team of people to go to this event at Blackburn Cathedral, starting at 10:30. Our Baptisms are such an important ministry to our parish.  Do think about coming alone – more information on the notice at the back of church.

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

Readings Sunday 1st September

Ecclesiasticus 10.12-18

The beginning of human pride is to forsake the Lord; the heart has withdrawn from its Maker.  For the beginning of pride is sin, and the one who clings to it pours out abominations. Therefore the Lord brings upon them unheard-of calamities, and destroys them completely.  The Lord overthrows the thrones of rulers, and enthrones the lowly in their place. The Lord plucks up the roots of the nations, and plants the humble in their place. The Lord lays waste the lands of the nations, and destroys them to the foundations of the earth.  He removes some of them and destroys them, and erases the memory of them from the earth.  Pride was not created for human beings, or violent anger for those born of women.

Hebrews 13.1-8, 15-16

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. Let marriage be held in honour by all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.’ So we can say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?’

Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Through him, then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Luke 14.1,7-14

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. ‘When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, “Give this person your place”, and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher”; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’ He said also to the one who had invited him, ‘When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.’

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

Key contacts:

Vicar: Vacant

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 Stamper64083

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