Sunday 20th October 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 20th 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, Reg Boss, Olwyne Thompson, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Freya de Lysle, Marlene Phillips, Bill and Ivy Buckley

RIP Amelia Spruyt, Colin Smith, Pina Moore, Allan Downs

Thought for the week

It doesn’t matter if you try and try and try again, and fail. It does matter if you try and fail, and fail to try again.                                      Charles Kettering 

Action for the week

The palm oil industry deprives many animals of their homes. Consider adopting an orangutan or other animal now being cared for by conservation charities. 

Sunday 20th October Trinity 18 

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by study group


5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 27th October  Trinity 19

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by study group


Next Sunday we welcome the Rev’d Dr Gary Bowness to preside and preach at our Eucharists.  Father Gary has kindly agreed to help us on a regular basis during our time of vacancy, and we look forward to seeing him about one Sunday a month.  Please make him very welcome.  We are extremely fortunate to have him available to support Canon Brenda, who is doing so much.


Thank you to all who supported and contributed 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.


Many thanks to Paul and Olwyne for organising this event, and to all who contributed cakes and raffle prizes.  It raised £271 for this worthwhile charity – a brilliant result!


Mirth & Moaning meets next on 29th October at 2:15 pm in the Hall.

The next Taizé-style Eucharist will be on 3rd November at 6 pm.

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


Lancaster City Council now accepts more plastics in its kerbside recycling collections. Any plastic with the number 1,2, or 5 in the recycling triangle should go into the recycling bin. (Wrappers, film, plastic bags still go in general waste.) Please therefore recycle clean plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays at home alongside glass/cans and plastic bottles- e.g. yoghurt pots, margarine tubs, meat, fruit and vegetable trays of any shape or colour, along with their lids. Huge thanks to Mike and Jacquie Stocks (and the rest of the Eco-Church Group) for their faithful monthly collection of those plastics not previously accepted, and for taking them to appropriate recycling centres on our behalf.  It has all helped our planet.

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

Readings Sunday 20th October

Genesis 32.22-31

The same night he got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.  He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he had.  Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.  Then he said, ‘Let me go, for the day is breaking.’  But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go, unless you bless me.’   So he said to him, ‘What is your name?’  And he said, ‘Jacob.’  Then the man* said, ‘You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel,* for you have striven with God and with humans,* and have prevailed.’  Then Jacob asked him, ‘Please tell me your name.’  But he said, ‘Why is it that you ask my name?’  And there he blessed him.  So Jacob called the place Peniel,* saying, ‘For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.’  The sun rose upon him as he passed Penuel, limping because of his hip.

2 Timothy 3.14-4.5

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favourable or unfavourable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching.  For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths.  As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.

Luke 18.1-8

Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.  He said, ‘In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, “Grant me justice against my opponent.”   For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, “Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.” ’  And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?  I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?’

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