Sunday 6th October 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 6th October 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, Amelia Spruyt

Thought for the week

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. Robert Louis Stevenson

Action for the week

Cost and RSPO certification checks can deter suppliers from sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil. As a customer, encourage them to choose sustainable.

CALENDAR

Sunday 6th October Harvest Festival 

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

6.00 pm – Taizé Eucharist

Wednesday

5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

Saturday

5.30 pm Harvest Supper

Sunday 13th October Trinity 17 

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

6.00 pm – Taizé Eucharist

MACMILLAN COFFEE EVENT 29TH SEPTEMBER

Many thanks to Paul and Olwyne for organising this last Sunday, and to all who contributed cakes and raffle prizes.

CONFIRMATION 2019

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

RIPLEY St THOMAS CofE ACADEMY ADMISSIONS

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 SUPPER Saturday 12th October

Our annual Harvest Supper is on Saturday 12th October at 5:30. Please sign up at the back of church to contribute a dish for the Jacob’s Join and/or to volunteer to perform.

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 6th September

Deuteronomy 26.1-11

When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, ‘Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.’ When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lordy our God, you shall make this response before the Lord your God: ‘A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.’ You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.

Philippians 4.4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.   Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

John 6.25-35

When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.  Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’ Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’ So they said to him, ‘What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, “He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” ’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’They said to him, ‘Sir, give us this bread always.’   Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

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 churchwarden@christchurchlancaster.org.uk

Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Ms Jane Lippitt 07930 979503 safeguarding@christchurchlancaster.org.uk

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