Sunday 27th October 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 27th 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

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.                                             Theodore Roosevelt

Action for the week

We can’t undo the damage done by the palm oil industry, but we can influence the future by making small changes in our shopping basket.

Sunday 27th October Trinity 19 

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 3rd November  All Saints/All Souls

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

6.00 pm All Souls Eucharist, with Taizé chants


Today 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.  We are extremely grateful to him for his willingness to lead our services and support Brenda, who is doing so much.


Thank you to all who supported and contributed to the Harvest Supper on 12th October. We were delighted to welcome the refugee and asylum seekers’ music group and their families to a very convivial evening.


Many thanks to Paul and Olwyne for organising this event, which raised £271 – a brilliant result!


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

Fairtrade Stall in the Hall after the 10:30 on 3rd November – please come and stock up with staples and Fairtrade Christmas gifts and goodies.

All Souls’ Eucharist will be on 3rd November at 6 pm.  Please add to the list the names of those you wish to be remembered at that service, and please come along to pray for them and for those who continue to mourn their loss.

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 27th October

Jeremiah 14.7-10, 19-end

Although our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name’s sake; our apostasies indeed are many, and we have sinned against you.  O hope of Israel, its saviour in time of trouble, why should you be like a stranger in the land, like a traveller turning aside for the night?  Why should you be like someone confused, like a mighty warrior who cannot give help? Yet you, O Lord, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name; do not forsake us!   Thus says the Lord concerning this people: Truly they have loved to wander, they have not restrained their feet; therefore the Lord does not accept them, now he will remember their iniquity and punish their sins.   Have you completely rejected Judah?   Does your heart loathe Zion? Why have you struck us down so that there is no healing for us?  We look for peace, but find no good; for a time of healing, but there is terror instead.   We acknowledge our wickedness, O Lord, the iniquity of our ancestors, for we have sinned against you.  Do not spurn us, for your name’s sake; do not dishonour your glorious throne; remember and do not break your covenant with us.  Can any idols of the nations bring rain?  Or can the heavens give showers? Is it not you, O Lord our God?   We set our hope on you,  for it is you who do all this.

2 Timothy 4.6-8, 16-18

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.  At my first defence no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

Luke 18.9-14

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

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 Stamper 64083

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