9th February 2020

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 9th February 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, Michael Greenhalgh

RIP: Reg & Kristine Boss, Eileen Finnigan, Zita Fitness, John Illingworth, Edna Fleming, Joe Pidliswyj, Keith Ascough, Mark Tower

Thought for the week

Remember, light is not so much what you directly see as that by which you see everything else. Richard Rohr

Action for the week

Share your environmental pledges for 2020 and inspire others

Sunday 9th February: Third Sunday before Lent

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist


5.30 pm Meditation

6:00 pm Evening Prayer


9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 16th February: Second Sunday before Lent

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist


We are very pleased to welcome back the Rev’d Julie Haworth to preside and preach at our 10:30 Eucharist this morning.  Thank you, Julie.


We are delighted that the Rev’d Carol Backhouse has agreed to serve as our new Vicar.  Her Institution and Induction will take place on Monday 23rd March at 19:30 here at Christ Church, so please put the date in your diary.  Please also hold Carol in your prayers as she prepares to move from her current post as Curate at Northallerton All Saints with Kirby Sigston.  We know you will welcome her warmly and support her ministry with us here.    


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 (even if you are resident in the parish) to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, and to take on various roles and vote. We also need numbers to ensure voting representatives on the Deanery Synod, from which Diocesan/General Synod are elected, so you can help influence church policy!


We are very short of First Aiders, and would be very grateful for volunteers to carry out this important role so that we have people on hand in a health emergency.  Please let Paul or Julie B know if you are interested, so that we can arrange training.


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 help for a couple of hours, please contact Jane Lippitt.  Thank you. 


As part of their Community Assistance/Awareness Badge our Beavers are collecting crisp packets, to be donated to Animal Care to raise funds.  A container will be at the back of church. Thank you. Julie Tinnion


The food banks desperately need extra supplies to help feed the all too many families who now depend on their provision.  Please bring tinned foods, pulses, pasta, 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 very low!  Thank you.

Readings Sunday 9th February 2020

Isaiah 58.1-12

Shout out, do not hold back!  Lift up your voice like a trumpet! Announce to my people their rebellion, to the house of Jacob their sins.  Yet day after day they seek me and delight to know my ways, as if they were a nation that practised righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God; they ask of me righteous judgements, they delight to draw near to God.  ‘Why do we fast, but you do not see?  Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?’ Look, you serve your own interest on your fast-day, and oppress all your workers.  Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist.  Such fasting as you do today  will not make your voice heard on high.  Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself? Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,  and to lie in sackcloth and ashes? Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?  Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?  Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?  Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly; your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard.  Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am. 

1 Corinthians 2.1-12

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.  Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, ‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.

Matthew 5.13-20

‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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