22nd December 2019 – 5th January 2020

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sundays 22nd and 29th December 2019, & 5th January 2020

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

What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.  Agnes M Pahro

Action for the week

Christmas is a time of great joy but also of great waste. Buy only what you can use.

Sunday 22nd December Advent 4

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

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

Tuesday 24th December Christmas Eve

4:00 pm Crib Service

11:30 pm Midnight Mass by Candlight (The choir sings carols from 11:15 pm)

Wednesday 25th December Christmas Day

8:30 am Said Eucharist

10.30 am Christmas Day Eucharist (guaranteed to finish no later than 11:30 am)

Thursday 26th December St Stephen

9:30 am Said Eucharist

Friday 27th December

9:30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 29th December Christmas 1

8:30 am – Said Eucharist:

10:30 am Parish Eucharist

Friday 3rd January

9:30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 5th January  Feast of the Epiphany

8:30 am Said Eucharist

10.30 am Parish Eucharist

6:00 pm Said Eucharist with Taizé chants

NATIVITY PLAY & TOY SERVICE 15th DECEMBER

Thank you to Liz Mills, the Children’s Church leaders, and all the children and parents who worked so hard to prepare such a wonderful presentation of the story of Jesus’ birth.  Thank you also to everyone who brought toys and games– they were much appreciated by the Children’s Centre who will distribute them to local families who are in need this Christmas.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please take note of all the service times over these few weeks, and remember to take away (and share) the separate sheet of Christmas services.

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?

TIDDLERS’ GROUP

We are delighted to be able to re-open our Tiddlers’ Group each Friday 10:30 am – 11:45, starting on 10th January.  £1 contribution per family per session. Please pass on this information to any families who might wish to come.  If you think you could offer a couple of hours on a Friday morning (10 – 12:30) to help set the toys up/put them away, 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. 

Gospel Readings  (Apologies that we have no space for the Old and New Testament readings for these Sundays.)

Sunday 22nd December 2019  Matthew 1.18-end

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel’, which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Midnight Mass /Christmas Day  John 1.1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

Sunday 29th December Matthew 2.13-end

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’

When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what had been spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: ‘A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’ When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s life are dead.’ Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, ‘He will be called a Nazorean.’

Sunday 5th January Epiphany Sunday Matthew 2.1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’ Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

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