Sunday 8th September 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 8th 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

Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation. Pope Francis

Action for the week

Read about the devastation the palm oil industry can cause to habitat, the wildlife that depends on it, and our atmosphere.

CALENDAR

Sunday 8th September 12th Sunday of Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group

Wednesday

5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 15th September  13th Sunday of Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group

QUIET TIME BEFORE THE EUCHARIST

Please keep a time of quiet before the service starts and while the organ plays, to help one another create a reflective atmosphere to draw us closer to God before our worship.

SUNDAY 15th SEPTEMBER

Next Sunday we welcome the Rev’d Canon Peter Ballard to take our 8:30 and 10:30 Eucharists, and the Rev’d Susan Seed to take the 12:30 Baptisms. (Canon Brenda will be celebrating her son’s Silver Wedding and preaching at his local church.) 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Coming soon: Harvest Festival Sunday 6th October at 10:30; Harvest Supper Saturday 12th October at 5:30

THANK YOU!

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.   This has already raised £1,102, which with Gift Aid will add nearly £1,400.

FATHER PHIL’S FAREWELL GIFT

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.

CHURCH CLEANING

Please come and help next on Tuesday 17th September at 9.30 am.

FESTIVAL OF BAPTISM 19th October 2019

If you’re interested in going to this event at Blackburn Cathedral, starting at 10:30, contact Brenda or Jacqueline. Baptisms are such an important ministry to our parish, and Bishop Stephen Cottrell is the keynote speaker. There’s more information on the notice board.

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

Readings Sunday 8th  September

Deuteronomy 30.15-end

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Philemon 1-21

Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,  To Philemon our dear friend and co-worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.    When I remember you in my prayers, I always thank my God because I hear of your love for all the saints and your faith toward the Lord Jesus. I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother.  For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty, yet I would rather appeal to you on the basis of love– and I, Paul, do this as an old man, and now also as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. I am appealing to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I have become during my imprisonment. Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful both to you and to me. I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I wanted to keep him with me, so that he might be of service to me in your place during my imprisonment for the gospel; but I preferred to do nothing without your consent, in order that your good deed might be voluntary and not something forced. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother– especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.   So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand: I will repay it. I say nothing about your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, let me have this benefit from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ. Confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

Luke 14.25-33

Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, `This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.”

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

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