Sunday 13th October 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 13th 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, Tracey Kennedy, Reg Boss, Olwyne Thompson, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Freya de Lysle, Marlene Phillips, Bill and Ivy Buckley, Allan Downs

RIP Amelia Spruyt, Colin Smith, Pina Moore

Thought for the week

Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it. John Henry Newman (canonised today)

Action for the week

Support organisations and campaigns working to bring about changes in the palm oil industry, and talk about it with friends.

Sunday 13th October Trinity 17 

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

Wednesday

5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Thursday

2.00 pm Amelia Spruyt’s funeral in church

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 20th October  Trinity 18

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

SUNDAY 13th OCTOBER

We are delighted to welcome the Rev’d Julie Haworth to preside and preach at our 10:30 Eucharist today, and thank her for coming.

MACMILLAN COFFEE EVENT 29TH SEPTEMBER

Many thanks to Paul and Olwyne for organising this event, and to all who contributed cakes and raffle prizes.  It raised over £200 – well done, all!

RIPLEY St THOMAS CofE ACADEMY ADMISSIONS

The deadline is very close for parents or guardians of Year 6 pupils who wish to apply to Ripley for the next academic year (2020) to have the Admissions form signed by Canon Brenda. Please contact her (telephone or email) urgently.

HARVEST SUPPER Saturday 12th October

Thank you to all for supporting and contributing to our annual Harvest Supper on Saturday 12th October. We were delighted to welcome the refugee and asylum seekers’ music group and their friends, with their leader, Gwenda Meredith, who both added to the music and to the conviviality of the evening.

FESTIVAL OF BAPTISM 19th October 2019

There’s still time to book for this event at Blackburn Cathedral, starting at 10:30 – see more information on the notice board. Please contact Brenda or Jacqueline, who can offer lifts.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

Confirmation classes start on Tuesday 15th October, in preparation for Bishop Julian coming to Confirm on Sunday 24th November.  It’s not too late to say you’d like to be Confirmed (or to explore what it means), so please contact Brenda (or Pat or Jacqueline) if you’d like to know more.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

We will commemorate Remembrance Sunday on 10th November 2019 at 10:30, and look forward to our uniformed organisations joining us.

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

Readings Sunday 13th October

2 Kings 5.1-3, 7-15c

Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Aram, was a great man and in high favour with his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Aram. The man, though a mighty warrior, suffered from leprosy.  Now the Arameans on one of their raids had taken a young girl captive from the land of Israel, and she served Naaman’s wife.  She said to her mistress, ‘If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria! He would cure him of his leprosy.’ When the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his clothes and said, ‘Am I God, to give death or life, that this man sends word to me to cure a man of his leprosy? Just look and see how he is trying to pick a quarrel with me.’    But when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, he sent a message to the king, ‘Why have you torn your clothes? Let him come to me, that he may learn that there is a prophet in Israel.’ So Naaman came with his horses and chariots, and halted at the entrance of Elisha’s house. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, ‘Go, wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored and you shall be clean.’ But Naaman became angry and went away, saying, ‘I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and would wave his hand over the spot, and cure the leprosy! Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them, and be clean?’ He turned and went away in a rage. But his servants approached and said to him, ‘Father, if the prophet had commanded you to do something difficult, would you not have done it? How much more, when all he said to you was, “Wash, and be clean”?’ So he went down and immersed himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God; his flesh was restored like the flesh of a young boy, and he was clean.  Then he returned to the man of God, he and all his company; he came and stood before him and said, ‘Now I know that there is no God in all the earth except in Israel; please accept a present from your servant.’

2 Timothy 2.8-15

Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. The saying is sure:   If we have died with him, we will also live with him;  if we endure, we will also reign with him;  if we deny him, he will also deny us;   if we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.   Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

Luke 17.11-19

On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ When he saw them, he said to them, ‘Go and show yourselves to the priests.’ And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, ‘Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they?  Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?’ Then he said to him, ‘Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.’

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