24th November 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 24th November 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.  

CONFIRMATION/PATRONAL FESTIVAL

We are delighted that Bishop Julian is with us to Confirm at the 10:30 Patronal Festival Eucharist today. A particularly warm welcome the Confirmation candidates from this church and from St Margaret’s, Hornby, and all those who have come to support them on this important step on their faith and discipleship journey.  Please continue to pray for them all both today and in the coming months: Emilee Briddon, George Cookson, Jessica Fish, Millie Higgins, Ellie Mitchell, Cole Morgan, Reuben Pearce, George Pedder, Flora du Preez, Grace du Preez, Oscar Richings, Toby Slinger, Adrian Wright.

Everyone is warmly invited for refreshments in the Hall after the service.

Please also remember in your prayers:

Those who are ill:  Olive Niccolls, Youngblood McCray, Len Fletcher, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Freya de Lysle, Bill and Ivy Buckley

RIP Amelia Spruyt, , Allan Downs, Stephen Johnson, Dennis Howell, Tony Angus, Sheila Kelly, Reg Boss, John Millburn, Tony Guénault, Kristine Boss

Thought for the week

Confirmation strengthens us to defend the faith and to spread the Gospel courageously.  Pope Francis

Action for the week

Buy fair trade Christmas chocolates to be ‘fair’ to those who grow the beans as well as those who enjoy them.

Sunday 24th November  Christ the King

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Patronal Festival Eucharist with Confirmation by the Rt Rev’d Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn

Wednesday

5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 1st December  Advent Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist

6.00 pm Said Eucharist with Advent carols

ADVENT CAROLS 1st December 2019

At 6 pm on Advent Sunday we shall have a Said Eucharist with Advent carols.   The choir has been preparing some lovely Advent music ,and we look forward to you joining us for this special service.

CHRIST CHURCH TIDDLERS’ GROUP

We are planning to reinstate the Tiddler Group as we would like to be able to offer a space for carers and babies to meet and for toddlers to run around and play during the winter months.  We intend to start it up after Christmas, on Friday mornings from 10 or 10.30 until 12noon. We will not be offering lunch to start with, but may do so if there is a demand. We really need volunteers to come and help set the toys up/put them away, to make tea and coffee, and/or to sit and play with the children or chat to the Mums, Dads and carers. If you think you could offer a couple of hours on a Friday and would like to be part of a rota, or to know more, please contact Jane Lippitt after the service.  Thank you!

NIGHT SHELTER – HELP PLEASE!

Our Night Shelter for homeless people is already very busy with exceptionally high numbers of guests.  They are in particular need of tinned food (hot dogs a favourite!) and warm socks.  Please bring anything you can contribute. Thank you.

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

Readings Sunday 24th  November

Jeremiah 23.1-6

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the Lord. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the Lord.  The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

Colossians 1.11-20

May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything.  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

Luke 23.33-43

When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.’ And they cast lots to divide his clothing. And the people stood by, watching; but the leaders scoffed at him, saying, ‘He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, his chosen one!’ The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine, and saying, ‘If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!’ There was also an inscription over him, ‘This is the King of the Jews.’  One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, ‘Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!’ But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.’ Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ He replied, ‘Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.

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