26th January 2020

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 26th 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

That Paul should have passed, by one flash of conviction, not only from darkness to light, but from one direction of life to the very opposite, is not only characteristic of Paul, but evidential of the power and significance of Christianity.       Frederic William Farrar

Action for the week

Jesus’ family had to flee; help today’s refugees and homeless people in Lancaster by taking good quality adult clothes to Global Link, YMCA, 5 New Road.

Sunday 26th January Third Sunday of Epiphany

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist

Tuesday 28th January

2:15 pm Mirth & Moaning


5.30 pm Meditation

6:00 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 2nd February Presentation of Christ in the Temple

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist

6:00 pm Taizé-style Eucharist


The interviews for our new Vicar took place last Monday (20th January).  Thank you to all who came to the 9:30 Eucharist beforehand and who undertook to pray during the day.  Your prayers were very much appreciated by all involved in the appointing process.  Thank you also to Audrey for her help with the catering.  We will let you know the outcome as soon as we are permitted to do so!


Please consider signing up to the Electoral Roll of this parish for when the annual revision takes place (5 April 2020).  The Church Representation Rules have changed. You need to be on the Electoral Roll (including if you are resident in the parish) to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in April. Being on the Roll entitles you to take on various roles and vote in other processes.  If our Electoral Roll numbers slip below certain thresholds, we lose our entitlement to voting representatives on the Deanery Synod, members of whom elect to Diocesan/General Synod, where  you can influence national church policy – even if indirectly!


Many thanks for another successful Christingle appeal; the total raised between Church and school is £494.92, which has already been sent to the Children’s Society, to be used to help finance their work supporting vulnerable and neglected children. With sincere thanks for your continued support, David and Julie Buckley.


Thank you to all who signed up to contribute towards essential church supplies. Please give your donation to Audrey or the Churchwardens (Gift-Aided if you are a UK taxpayer). (It’s not too late to make a donation, even if you didn’t sign up earlier!)


Our Tiddlers’ Group is open again each Friday, 10:30 – 11:45 am  Please tell any families who might be interested – just £1 contribution per family per session.   If you could spare an occasional couple of hours to be on a rota to help with the group, please contact Jane Lippitt.  Thank you. 


As part of their Community Assistance/Awareness Badge our Beavers are collecting packets, which will then be donated to Animal Care, to help raise money for the cause.  A container will be at the back of church, which Julie Tinnion will empty each week.   Thank you all – and to Julie and the Beavers.


This group for those in any kind of chronic pain meets again on Tuesday 28th January at 2:15 pm in the Hall.


The food banks desperately need extra supplies to help feed the all too many families who now depend on their provision.  Please bring tinned meats, fish, snacks, puddings, pulses, spaghetti, beans, rice, cereals, tea bags, 4 oz jars of coffee, hot chocolate, long-life milk, etc. Please also bring bags to help Julian transport donations down to the Olive Branch each week. Thank you – and Julian.


The birds in our churchyard this winter also need food.  Please give contributions toward the costs to Julian, as the bird food fund is now down to £1.26!  Thank you.

Readings Sunday 26th January 2020

Isaiah 9.1-4

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.   The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;  those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

1 Corinthians 1.10-18

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul’, or ‘I belong to Apollos’, or ‘I belong to Cephas’, or ‘I belong to Christ.’ Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Matthew 4.12-23

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’  From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’  As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.   Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

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 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