1st March 2020

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 1st March 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: Edna Fleming, Keith Ascough, Mark Tower, Michael, Moyra Norris, John Thompson, Josef Pidliswyj, , Ogie de Ruerda, Aida Eyes, and Robert Calti

Thought for the week

Get rid of fault and blame. Replace “What’s wrong?” with “What’s next?” and be drawn deeper into the wonder of that love.

Action for the week

Give up your favourite food during Lent and donate the equivalent to the food bank.

Sunday1st March: First Sunday of Lent

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

6:00 pm   Eucharist with Taizé chants

Wednesday

5:30 pm Meditation

6:00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday8th March: Second Sunday of Lent

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

WELCOME BACK!

We are delighted to welcome the Rev’d Dr Gary Bowness back to preside and preach at our services this morning.  Thank you for being willing to come to help us once again, Father Gary.

OUR NEW VICAR

The Rev’d Carol Backhouse’s Institution and Induction will take place on Monday 23rd March at 19:00 (please note changed time!) at Christ Church, so please put the date in your diary.  If you can help with refreshments, please let Jacqueline know. Please hold Carol in your prayers as she prepares to move from Northallerton.  We know you will welcome her warmly and support her ministry.

ELECTORAL ROLL

Take a moment to look at the poster at the back of church and consider signing up to the Electoral Roll, if you haven’t already done so.  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 and for Deanery/Diocesan Synods, from which the General Synod is elected, through which you can help influence national church policy.  The annual revision takes place on 5 April 2020. Please see Jacqueline to learn more and complete a form.

FIRST AID TRAINING

This will be held on Saturday 21st March 9:30 am – 4 pm in the Hall.  Refreshments and lunch provided. Please see Jane with any questions or if you’d also like to sign up for the training.

MOTHERING SUNDAY POSIES

Please come to the Vestry on Saturday 21st March at 9:30 am to help make up the posies ready for Mothering Sunday (22nd March) – the more hands who come to help, the less time it will take!

TIDDLERS’ GROUP

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. 

COLLECTING EMPTY CRISP PACKETS

As part of their Community Assistance and 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

OLIVE BRANCH FOOD BANK

The food banks 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 all, and especially to Julian.

FEATHERED FRIENDS “FOOD BANK”

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 1st March 2020

Genesis 2.15-17: 3.1-7

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’    Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God say, “You shall not eat from any tree in the garden”?’ The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.” ’ But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

Romans 5.12-19

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned—sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.  But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgement following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.  Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.

Matthew 4.1-11

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” ’   Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you”, and “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’  Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’  Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour; and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! for it is written, “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.” ’  Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him. 

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