Sunday 15th September 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 15th 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 keep a time of quiet before the service starts to draw us closer to God before our worship.  

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

When gifts are used to do God’s will, we work in concert with our Creator, and spiritual blessings result.                                    Alex Bricker

Action for the week

Palm oil is used in many food products and toiletries, so read labels and try to replace at least one of those items with one that is  palm oil free or home made.


Sunday 15th September 13th Sunday of Trinity

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group


9:30 am  Church cleaning


5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 22nd September  Creation Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group


We are delighted to welcome the Rev’d Canon Peter Ballard to take our 8:30 and 10:30 Eucharists today, and the Rev’d Susan Seed to take the 12:30 Baptism. (Canon Brenda is celebrating her son’s Silver Wedding and preaching at his local church today.) 


We are delighted that Bishop Julian will be coming to Baptise and Confirm adults and young people on November 24th, the Feast Day of Christ the King. Please sign the notice at the back of Church if you would like your son or daughter to be confirmed. Adults, please contact me directly. Preparation classes will start on October 15th and a full programme will be available shortly. Brenda


Parents or Guardians of Year 6 pupils who wish to apply to Ripley for the next academic year (2020) should make an appointment with me to complete the Admissions form which can be downloaded from the school website. I shall be available in the vestry on Tuesday 17 and Thursday 19 and Tuesday 24 and Thursday 26 from 3.30pm. Please contact me by telephone or email to make an appointment. Other times can be arranged for those for whom the afternoon slots are not convenient. Brenda


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


From today, there will be some jewellery (earrings and costume) for sale at the back of church. None of it is new, but much is unworn.  Please buy, and also think about contributing any of your own unwanted jewellery for sale.  All proceeds to the Roof Fund.


Coming soon: Macmillan Coffee after church 29th September; Harvest Festival Sunday 6th October at 10:30; Harvest Supper Saturday 12th October at 5:30

FESTIVAL OF BAPTISM 19th October 2019

If you’re interested in going to this event at Blackburn Cathedral, starting at 10:30, please contact Brenda or Jacqueline, who can offer lifts.  Bishop Stephen Cottrell is the keynote speaker. Baptisms are an invaluable ministry in our parish – 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

Exodus 32.7-14

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” ’ The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.’

But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, ‘O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth”? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, “I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.” ’ And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

I Timothy 1.12-17

I am grateful to Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because he judged me faithful and appointed me to his service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a man of violence. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost. But for that very reason I received mercy, so that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display the utmost patience, making me an example to those who would come to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 15.1-10

Now all the tax-collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he told them this parable: ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.  ‘Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbours, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.” Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.’

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 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