Sunday 22nd September 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 22nd 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 Amanda Flattery, baby Evie Rose

Thought for the week

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.                                        Maya Angelou

Action for the week

Look for products with a sustainable palm oil label and support those companies that source it.


Sunday 22nd September  Creation Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by discussion group


9:30 am  Church cleaning

2:15 pm Mirth and Moaning


5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 29th September  St Michael & All Angels

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by Macmillan Coffee event & PCC Section 11 meeting


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


Next Sunday after the 10:30 service there will be a Macmillan Coffee “Morning” in the Hall.  Please support not only by coming but also baking and contributing raffle prizes. Please sign up at the back and/or see Paul or Olwyne.

PARISH PROFILE – PCC & Section 11 Meeting

Bishop Julian will kindly be joining us at the Macmillan event to listen to our views on what we are looking for in our next Vicar.  All welcome!  PCC members are particularly requested to come for the required Section 11 meeting formally to approve parish representatives for the appointment, etc., as well as for the discussion.


There is a sale of 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.


Harvest Festival Sunday 6th October at 10:30, with Parade Service

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 22nd  September

Amos 8.4-7

Hear this, you that trample on the needy, and bring to ruin the poor of the land, saying, ‘When will the new moon be over so that we may sell grain; and the sabbath, so that we may offer wheat for sale?   We will make the ephah small and the shekel great, and practise deceit with false balances, buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, and selling the sweepings of the wheat.’ 
The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.

I Timothy 2.1-7

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all —this was attested at the right time. For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Luke 16.1-13

Then Jesus said to the disciples, ‘There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, “What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.”   Then the manager said to himself, “What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.”   So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, “How much do you owe my master?” He answered, “A hundred jugs of olive oil.” He said to him, “Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.” Then he asked another, “And how much do you owe?” He replied, “A hundred containers of wheat.” He said to him, “Take your bill and make it eighty.” And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

‘Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’

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