12th January 2020

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 12th 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, Michael Greenhalgh

RIP Tony Angus, Sheila Kelly, Reg Boss, John Millburn, Tony Guénault, Kristine Boss, Eileen Finnigan, Zita Fitness, John Illingworth

Thought for the week

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.                               G K Chesterton

Action for the week

Recycle everything you can and bring any unwanted presents to church to swap or to raise money for the roof fund. 

Sunday 12th January Baptism of Christ/Epiphany 1

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist

Wednesday

5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 19th January Second Sunday of Epiphany

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist

Monday 20th January

9:30 am – Said Eucharist, for the intention of the discernment of the new Vicar of Christ Church

VERY IMPORTANT DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES!

The interviews for our new Vicar will take place on Monday 20th January.  We ask you all to pray in the coming days for the Holy Spirit’s guidance for those directly involved in that process – candidates and appointing panel – for the parish as a whole, and for our school.  All are invited to attend the special 9:30 Eucharist to be held that day, (especially PCC members).  If you are able, please also sign up to be a praying presence (either in church or elsewhere) for one or more of the half-hour slots listed at the back to church, in which we ask you to commit to holding all concerned before God, and to praying for the discernment of the right outcome.  It is a very important decision, and your prayers are much needed.  Thank you.

EPIPHANY GIFTS

Thank you to all who signed up to contribute to buying the essential church supplies on which we rely every week in our worship (candles, incense, wafers, etc.   If you haven’t already paid, please could you give your donation to Audrey or one of the Churchwardens.  These can be Gift-Aided, as you are not receiving a direct personal benefit or good as your contributions are giving to a fund for the church.  (It’s also not too late to make a donation, even if you didn’t sign up earlier!)

TIDDLERS’ GROUP

We are delighted that our Tiddlers’ Group reopened on 10th January.  Please tell any families who might be interested about the sessions, which will happen each Friday, 10:30 – 11:45 am, just £1 contribution per family per session.   If you could spare a couple of hours every now and again to be part of a rota to help with setting up and closing up, making refreshments, chatting with carers, playing with little ones, etc., please contact Jane Lippitt (details below).  Thank you. 

OLIVE BRANCH FOOD BANK

There is real poverty here in Lancaster, and it is increasingly ruining people’s lives.  The food banks have therefore been at full stretch these past weeks. They desperately need extra supplies to help feed the all too many families who now depend on their provision.  Please bring: tinned baked beans, spaghetti, soups, curries, chilli, steak or chicken meals, pies, tuna, sardines, corned beef, ham, hotdogs, tinned veg (including potatoes) and fruit, rice pudding, custard, tea bags, 4 oz jars of coffee, hot chocolate, long-life milk, cereals, pulses, rice, porridge, jam, pasta, rice, instant mashed potatoes.  Please also include some bags, if you can, as these would help Julian to transport our donations down to the Olive Branch each week.  Thank you all – and to Julian for doing this every week.

FEATHERED FRIENDS “FOOD BANK”

The birds visiting our churchyard this winter are also in need of food.  Julian regularly keeps the supplies of bird-food topped up, but would welcome contributions to offset the mounting costs.  Your donations would be much appreciated as the bird food fund is now down to £1.26!  Please give them to Julian.  Thank you.

Readings Sunday 12th January 2020

Isaiah 42.1-9

Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights;  I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.  He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.  He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out,  who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it:  I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.  I am the Lord, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols.  See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare before they spring forth.   I tell you of them.

Acts 10.34-43

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

Matthew 3.13-end

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him.  John would have prevented him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfil all righteousness.’ Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’

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