8th March 2020

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 8th 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 Reyes, Robert Calti

Thought for the week

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.  But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”        Mother Teresa

Action for the week

Save money and reduce packaging by making your meals from scratch until (at least) Easter.

Sunday8th March: Second Sunday of Lent

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

Wednesday

5:30 pm Meditation

6:00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday15th March: Third Sunday of Lent

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

CORONAVIRUS

We are all asked to take reasonable precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19. At communion, please take the wafer into your hand, and do not dip it into the wine (intinction).  If you do not wish to drink from the shared chalice, be assured that to receive the Sacrament in one kind alone is to receive the Sacrament in its entirety and to have made your communion fully.  (Those presiding and administering communion will use antibacterial cleansers to ensure their hands are clean.)

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 for her ministry here.  We know you will welcome and support her.

MOTHERING SUNDAY 22nd March 2020

Please come and help make up the posies for Mothering Sunday on Saturday 21st March at 9:30 am – the more who come to help, the less time it will take us all!  We’ll meet in the Vestry.

FIRST AID TRAINING: CHANGED DATE

This will probably now be held on Saturday 18th April 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.

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.  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.  The annual revision takes place on 5 April 2020. Please see Jacqueline to learn more and complete a form (if you didn’t do so last year).

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 12.1-4a

Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’   So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

 

Romans 4.1-5, 13-17

What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.  ’Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due. But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.   For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.   For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

John 3.1-17

Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He came to Jesus by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.’Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’  Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?  ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.   ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.   ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through 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