Sunday 29th September 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 29th 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

I’ve seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people leading ordinary lives. Tracey Chapman

Action for the week

Try to avoid big brand names not yet signed up to accredited sustainable palm oil suppliers.


Sunday 29th September  St Michael & All Angels

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, celebrated by the Bishop of Blackburn, followed by Macmillan Coffee event & preceded by PCC Section 11 meeting


5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 6th October Harvest Festival 

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

6.00 pm – Taizé Eucharist

PARISH PROFILE – PCC & Section 11 Meeting

A very warm welcome to Bishop Julian who is  presiding and preaching at our 10:30 Eucharist this morning. We thank him for taking time in his busy schedule to join us in the Hall afterwards to listen to our views on what we are looking for in our next Vicar.  All are welcome — please share your views!  PCC members have been requested to come to the preceding Section 11 meeting formally to approve parish representatives for the appointment process, etc., as well as for the discussion.


After the 10:30 service there will be a Macmillan Coffee “Morning” in the Hall.  Please support it by giving generously as you enjoy your coffee and cakes and coffee, and join in the discussion with Bishop Julian. Many thanks to Paul and Olwyne for organising this and to all who have contributed cakes and raffle prizes.


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. Please contact me by telephone or email to make an appointment if the previously advertised slots were not convenient. Brenda


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

Harvest Supper:    Saturday 12th October at 5:30


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.

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 29th September

Genesis 28.10-17

Jacob left Beer-sheba and went towards Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the Lord stood beside him and said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’ Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’

Hebrews 1.5-end

For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son; today I have begotten you’?  Or again, ‘I will be his Father, and he will be my Son’?  And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him.’  Of the angels he says, ‘He makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire.’  But of the Son he says, ‘Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever, and the righteous sceptre is the sceptre of your kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.’  And, ‘In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands;  they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing;  like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never end.’  But to which of the angels has he ever said, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet’?  Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

John 1.47-end

When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you,* you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

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