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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster
A vibrant inclusive worshipping community
Sunday 19th July 2020
Sixth Sunday after Trinity
Collect (Prayer for the week)
Merciful God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as pass our understanding: pour into our hearts such love toward you that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Wisdom of Solomon 12.13, 16-19
For neither is there any god besides you, whose care is for all people, to whom you should prove that you have not judged unjustly; for your strength is the source of righteousness, and your sovereignty over all causes you to spare all. For you show your strength when people doubt the completeness of your power, and you rebuke any insolence among those who know it. Although you are sovereign in strength, you judge with mildness, and with great forbearance you govern us; for you have power to act whenever you choose.
Through such works you have taught your people that the righteous must be kind, and you have filled your children with good hope, because you give repentance for sins.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Refrain: All nations you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; knit my heart to you, that I may fear your name.
12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and glorify your name for evermore;
13 For great is your steadfast love towards me, for you have delivered my soul from the depths of the grave.
Refrain: All nations you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord.
14 O God, the proud rise up against me and a ruthless horde seek after my life; they have not set you before their eyes.
15 But you, Lord, are gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and full of kindness and truth.
16 Turn to me and have mercy upon me; give your strength to your servant and save the child of your handmaid.
17 Show me a token of your favour that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; because you, O Lord, have helped and comforted me.
All nations you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord.
So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Matthew 13.24-30,36-43 Glory to you, O Lord.
He put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?” He answered, “An enemy has done this.” The slaves said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?” But he replied, “No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’
Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.’ He answered, ‘The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
The reflection can be found at http://christchurchlancaster.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Sermon-20200719.pdf
and the prayers of intercession at
Post Communion Prayer
God of our pilgrimage, you have led us to the living water: refresh and sustain us as we go forward on our journey, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Some suggested hymns you may like to follow at home:
- Come ye thankful people come https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3n7IUCdqAM
- Praise to the Lord, the Almighty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QQezNMfaL4
- Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bon0S8_oq0w
- Teach me, my God and King https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHXilLgfVEU
- Hope of our calling. Words on page 2 of https://churchsupporthub.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Worship-New-Hymns.pdf
Returning to Worship
We will be worshipping in the Hall in coming weeks, as we await investigation and repair works on the Church ceilings. Should you wish to come to a service, please note:
If you have Covid symptoms, or have been told to isolate because you’ve had contact with someone who has, or are feeling unwell, please let someone know and don’t come to church.
If you wish, you may wear a covering over your nose and mouth.
Please gel your hands before and after the service, and before receiving communion.
You will be asked to record your name and contact number on the sheet for traceability – we’re required to do this by law. This will be kept confidentially for 6 weeks.
If you come as a couple, family or household – you may move the seats to sit together. However, solo seats have a 2 metre distance around them. Children are very welcome to attend the service, but we cannot offer Children’s Church for the time being.
Please continue to make your offering by Standing Order wherever possible. There will be an offertory box for cash or cheque donations, but no collection will be taken. Communion (bread alone) will be received standing, with a non-touch blessing for those who prefer There will be no refreshments after the service, and any conversations must happen outside from a sociable distance in small groups. The Hall, and all items that have been touched will be cleaned and disinfected between use. As spaces are limited, we ask you to “book” in advance. You can do this through Eventbrite via the links: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christ-church-lancaster- eucharist-830-am-tickets-112091542822 for the 8:30 services and https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christ- church-lancaster-1030-eucharist-tickets-112092136598
for the 10:30 Eucharists. Please select the date(s) for the Sunday or Sundays you would like to come. Alternatively, just contact Jacqueline (64083, 07808 765364 or email as below) or Rev Carol, and we will add your name(s).
On Wednesday 22nd July, there will also be an 11 am Eucharist in the Hall – and we hope to do so each Wednesday at the same time.
Holy Days this week
Wednesday 22nd St Mary Magdalene – Eucharist at 11am in the Hall
Saturday 25th St James the Apostle 6pm Eucharist on the Christ Church YouTube channel.
The 10:30 Communion service on a Sunday will be recorded live each week and then uploaded to YouTube (so it will be available later that day). https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPoAvGj4K9085RV8zo0ZS9Q
The order of service for our online Communion during Ordinary Time is available as a PDF booklet (please ask for a hard copy) and on the Christ Church website: http://christchurchlancaster.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Livestream-Communion-OT.pdf.
Other YouTube services will continue as before:
Sundays 6 pm Evening Prayer
Wednesdays 6 pm Evening Prayer
Fridays 8.30 am Morning Prayer
Saturdays 9 pm Compline
If you are shielding, or unable to join the service for whatever reason, you may wish to follow the Spiritual Communion service at home (the order is on the website), using the day’s readings, prayers and sermon.
Our Diocese of Blackburn, and the national Church of England also have YouTube Channels where worship is regularly offered.
We continue to pray for all those affected by this outbreak – and for the church as we begin to grow again, giving thanks for all who have sustained the prayer and community at Christ Church in recent months.
We will be praying daily for all who are suffering in the current crisis. If you would like us to pray for you, or for someone you know, for any reason, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or text the Prayer Chain on 07980 351855. Please ask the person’s permission if you’d like them included in the weekly notices.
Please pray for the sick: Olive Niccolls, Youngblood McCray, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Bill and Ivy Buckley, Michael Greenhalgh, Angie Topham, Richard Impey, Stephen Gardner, Eddie Barandino, Ann Gilbride and Sitar Rose
And for the recently departed: Arnold Reyes, Alan Jones, and Brenda Kendall
In our Parish Cycle of Prayer, we pray for those who live and work in Park Avenue, and Fenham Carr Lane, and for the work of Churches Together in Lancaster.
The national prayer for this outbreak:
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen
Opening for Private Prayer
Christ Church will also be open for private prayer, and the opportunity to light a candle this and forthcoming Sundays from 1pm-4pm, and Wednesdays 10am-12noon. Thank you to all the volunteers who are making this happen! Please keep within the marked areas, use the hand gel before and after your visit, and keep a sociable distance. If you have any symptoms of Covid, or have been told to self-isolate, please allow two weeks before returning to church.
Help, Prayer and Support:
If you need a hand with shopping, medicines collection etc in coming weeks, or would like a friendly phone call, or if you are able to help others in the parish out, please contact email@example.com or call/text 07539 583638 and leave a message, or contact us via our Facebook page.
Who do you know that you would describe as humble?
How might you welcome and include people who are normally left out?
The potato is a humble ingredient, yet you can create so much with it. Cook your favourite potato dish. Before you eat it, say the following prayer together:
Father God, thank you for welcoming us as guests to your table. Help us to be humble and resist the temptation to take up the best seats. Amen
(There’s also a YouTube story for this week on Christ Church’s Channel)
Giggle (or Groan) of the week – suggestions welcome!
Q. Why shouldn’t you tell a secret on a farm?
A. Because the potatoes have eyes and the corn has ears!
The pandemic has affected us all in different ways. The work of the church looks very different now to three months ago, not just at Christ Church but also across the church family, to which we offer our prayers, time, skills, and also our money. Support is still needed – both in the upkeep of Christ Church, and to help churches in poorer areas of our diocese continue God’s mission. You may need to give a little less to the church because of current money pressures – that is fine. You may be able to give a little more – even for a short time – to help with ongoing costs and to weather the absence of groups using our buildings. Whatever is given is gratefully received with thanks, please have a word (in confidence) about what may be possible for you.
Perhaps you’ve found yourself praying more during lockdown? Tuesday 21st July is the next meeting of Prayer4 – 30 minutes of prayer, at 4pm every fortnight. There’ll be a short Bible reading, some music, some stillness, and space to pray for the people and places on your heart – all from the comfort of your own sofa. Zoom details: https://zoom.us/j/8069459310?pwd=TlV6QUQ5UVdiK0p1M0Q0cE0vRXIvUT09
Meeting ID: 806 945 9310 Password: ChristChch
Dial in: 0208 080 6591 Meeting ID: 806 945 9310 Password: 310771 (any queries see Rev Carol)
A People Transformed – Continues Tonight!
A 4 session small group resource exploring those questions by drawing on the experience of the early church recorded for us in Acts. All welcome – don’t worry if you missed last week’s session
The course runs at 6pm via zoom every Sunday in July – and will be followed by a short service of Evening Prayer*. If you’re not able to connect but would still like to follow the course at home, please let Rev Carol know. https://zoom.us/j/8069459310
Meeting ID: 806 945 9310 One tap mobile: 02080806591,,8069459310# United Kingdom or dial in: 0208 080 6591 * Link to Common Worship Evening Prayer https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-in-daily-prayer/evening-prayer-contemporary-sunday-19-july-2020
Now that restrictions have lifted to allow sociably-distanced meetings outside, it’d be lovely to meet more of you and get to know you better, although I appreciate that shielding rules are still in place for many. If you’d like to talk, and if there’s a convenient time and place, please let me know. Rev Carol
Befriending our homeless
A befriending scheme is starting, to meet with people who’ve been homeless and are now in more permanent accommodation. It is to help people to make friends beyond existing circles, and to be welcomed into wider communities, as well as to offer practical advice and support to live well in permanent housing. If you’re interested, Rev Carol has more details.
The next cleaning morning is on 28th July – all welcome!
Learn the recorder or piano
Now is the perfect time to learn a new instrument. Marlene has offered to give individual lessons via Skype or Zoom in recorder or piano, and in exchange for a donation to church funds. Please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org
An update from Julie Buckley: So far we have received over £350 in donations.. Many thanks to Marion who has also sewn beautiful masks and to others who have donated some fabrics.
If anyone wants masks made to order, let Julie know. Donations can be made via PayPal to PayPal.me/ JBuckley321
Pleas of the week:
The Olive Branch and Morecambe Bay Foodbanks are still desperate for donations: please help if you can, either by putting food and toiletries in the collection boxes, or giving money for them to buy what is needed: https://www.the-olivebranch.org.uk/donate/ or https://morecambebay.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/
The Children’s Society
Are running an Emergency Coronavirus Appeal to support over 200,000 vulnerable children during this time of crisis. As more traditional means of fundraising are not possible, they’ve asked for donations to continue their work with children who are suffering abuse, neglect or mental health issues. www.childrenssociety.org.uk/lifeline or 0300 303 7000.
Thought for the week:
[Jesus of Nazareth’s] weakness opens for us the way to the heart of God. Henri Nouwen
Eco Group Action for the Week
A Rocha’s Wild Christian initiative offers a free monthly email with biblical reflections and ideas on how to enjoy, nurture and defend nature. Visit https://arocha.org.uk/wildchristian/
Owing to the timing of the services in the Hall, it has become impossible to host the ‘after-church’ online get-together. Please let Rev Carol or Jacqueline know if there’s another time you’d like to meet up virtually, as we don’t want to lose contact with one another.
Vicar: Revd Carol Backhouse 942105 email@example.com
Lay Reader: Dr Pat Allen 39552.
Churchwarden: Dr Paul Thompson 34949
Churchwarden: Mrs Jacqueline Stamper 64083 firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Ms Jane Lippitt 07930 979503 email@example.com
Children’s Church: Mrs Liz Mills 67005
Nightshelter Co-ordinator: Ms Jan Norbury 07547 717 060 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hall Bookings: email@example.com 07890 351855
Christ Church School Ms Emma Simpson 60955 firstname.lastname@example.org