15th December 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 15th December 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, Youngblood McCray, Len Fletcher, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Freya de Lysle, Bill and Ivy Buckley, Mark Tower

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

Thought for the week

As we buy/make Christmas gifts for other people, how open are we to receiving the unique gift that God wants to give each one of us? (It’s a gift we can’t take back or exchange!)

Action for the week

Choose some presents that make this Christmas a season of goodwill to all people –  and to the planet.

Sunday 15th December Advent 3

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist, with Nativity Play and Toy Service,  followed by study group

Wednesday

5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

10.30 am Eucharist at Dolphinlee House

Sunday 22nd December Advent 4

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist, with Christingle service,  followed by study group

NATIVITY PLAY & TOY SERVICE 15th DECEMBER

Today (15th December), our 10:30 Eucharist is enhanced by our Children’s Church Nativity Play.  Thank you to Liz Mills, the leaders, and all the children who have worked so hard to prepare this special presentation of the story of Jesus’ birth.  Thank you also to everyone who has brought toys and games for distribution to local families in need – they will be much appreciated by their children.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

22nd December: Parish Eucharist and Christingle Service at 10:30 am.  Please return your candle collection box at or before that service, filled with money to support the Children’s Society’s invaluable work for children in difficulty.

Christmas Eve: 4:00 pm Crib Service (especially family-friendly)

11:30 pm Midnight Mass by Candlelight (the choir sings carols from 11:15)

Christmas Day: 8:30 am Said Eucharist

10:30 am Family Eucharist (guaranteed to finish no later than 11:30 – time to cook lunch!)

Full details of all our Christmas services are on the separate sheet: please take a copy home with you to share with family, friends and neighbours! 

EPHIPANY GIFTS

Could you give the church a Christmas gift? There is a list at the back of church for people to sign up to help with buying candles, wafers, etc.   Please think about contributing to the purchase of these essential church supplies on which we rely every week in our worship. 

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO CHRIST CHURCH

This year we are asking people to send just a single card for all your friends at Christ Church (which we’ll attach to a board at the back of church), and then to donate to the Roof Fund what they would otherwise have spent on individual cards?

LONSDALE SCOUTS CHRISTMAS POST

Today (15th December) is the last day for accepting post for the Lonsdale Scouts delivery of Christmas cards to the local area by Christmas Eve at the latest  – only 35 pence per stamp.  Please post your stamped cards in the box at the back of church, where you can find full details of the areas covered.

NIGHT SHELTER – HELP PLEASE!

Our Night Shelter for homeless people is already very busy with exceptionally high numbers of guests.  Warm socks/scarves, instant hot chocolate drink, tinned rice pudding, etc., very welcome.  Thank you.

CHRIST CHURCH TIDDLERS’ GROUP

Please think about coming to help us start up our Tiddlers’ Group again in January. If you think you could offer a couple of hours on a Friday morning (10 or 10:30 until 12 noon) to 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, and would like to be part of a rota, please contact Jane Lippitt (contact details below).  Thank you. 

Readings Sunday 8th December 2019

Isaiah 35.1-10

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God.  Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.  Say to those who are of a fearful heart, ‘Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God.  He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense.  He will come and save you.’  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water; the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp, the grass shall become reeds and rushes.  A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveller, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. 

James 5.7-10

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near. Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors! As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Matthew 11.2-11

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.  And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me.” As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written, ‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

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