25th October 2020

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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 25th October 2020

Bible Sunday

Collect (Prayer of the week)

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


Leviticus 19.1-2,15-18

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.

You shall not render an unjust judgement; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbour. You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not profit by the blood of your neighbour: I am the Lord.

You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin; you shall reprove your neighbour, or you will incur guilt yourself. You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbour as yourself: I am the Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.

1 Thessalonians 2.1-8

You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, but though we had already suffered and been shamefully maltreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.

This is the word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.

When the Gospel is announced, we stand:

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Matthew (22. 34-46).     Glory to you, O Lord.

When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. ‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘ “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.’

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them this question: ‘What do you think of the Messiah? Whose son is he?’ They said to him, ‘The son of David.’ He said to them, ‘How is it then that David by the Spirit calls him Lord, saying, 

“The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’ ”? 

If David thus calls him Lord, how can he be his son?’ No one was able to give him an answer, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, O Christ

Reflection (from Rev’d Carol)  The text of Rev’d Carol’s reflection will be available on the website at  http://christchurchlancaster.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Sermon_201025.pdf and in hard copy for those to whom this sheet is delivered.


Please remember in your prayers:

The sick:  Olive Niccolls, Youngblood McCray, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Ivy Buckley, Michael Greenhalgh, Stephen Gardner, Eddie Barandino, Ann Gilbride, Sitar Rose, Thea Harris-Ellis, Helen Rawlinson, Ed Bartosinski and Patrick Hare

RIP:  Roy Long, William ‘Bill’ Briggs, Bill Buckley, and Richard Brown

Parish Cycle of Prayer:  Those who live and work in Grasmere Road and Ullswater Road, and for those beginning the half term break this week.

Post Communion Prayer

God of all grace, your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry with the bread of his life and the word of his kingdom: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your true and living bread; who is alive and reigns, now and for ever. Amen

Some suggested hymns you may like to follow at home:

Prayer and Worship this week:

Sunday 8.30am Eucharist

Sunday 10.30am:  Eucharist (then uploaded to YouTube)

Sunday 2-4pm Private Prayer in Church

Sunday 6pm:  Benediction (in the Hall)

Tuesday 4pm: Prayer4 – via Zoom

Tuesday 7pm : Eco Group – via Zoom

Wednesday: 10am Private Prayer in Church

Wednesday: 11am Eucharist in the Hall – SS Simon and Jude. 

Friday 8.30am Morning Prayer (YouTube)

Saturday 9pm: Compline (YouTube)

The Christ Church YouTube channel is: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPoAvGj4K9085RV8zo0ZS9Q

Please “book” for the Sunday morning services in advance, as spaces are limited, via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christ-church-lancaster- eucharist-830-am-tickets-112091542822 for the 8:30 Eucharists 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, contact Jacqueline (64083, 07808 765364 or email as below) or Rev Carol, and we will add your name(s). 

Zoom Prayer

Perhaps you’ve found yourself praying more during lockdown? Tuesday 27th October 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)

Children’s Corner:

Read Matthew 22: 34-end 

Someone to Love Cut out some heart shapes from paper. Get children to write or draw on one side someone they find it easy to love. Pause together and thank God for that person. On the other side, get them to write or draw someone they find it difficult to love. Pause and ask God for strength to be kind to them. Thank God that he loves us all.

Who are our neighbours where we live? Are there any we don’t know? 

How could we do something kind for them? Agree to do something, such as sending a home-made card, walking a dog, inviting someone for a meal (once covid restrictions have lifted). 

Family Prayer 

Walk down your street and around your local area together. Say hello to any neighbours you meet and offer help to anyone who might need it. Notice all the different ways people have their homes/gardens. When you get home, pray for all the people who live nearby: 

Father God, thank you for all the different people who are our neighbours. Help us to discover just how much you love us, so that we can pass on that love to all who may need it. Amen. 

(There are also colouring and activity sheets at the back of the hall.)

Children’s Church meet-up

While we’re unable to run Children’s Church in current circumstances, if you’d be interested in a Zoom meet-up for families, please let Rev Carol know which days/times you would prefer.

Giggle (or Groan) of the week – suggestions welcome!

Knock, knock. Who’s there?

Adore. Adore who? 

Adore is between you and me so please open up!

Our Offering.

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.   Or ask Jacqueline (in confidence) if you’d like a Standing Order and/or Gift Aid declaration form.

A Call to Pray and Give. 

Bishop Julian has written to all the churches in our Diocese of Blackburn, inviting us to a time of prayer and giving from the 12th-29th November, in preparation for Advent. Evening Prayer will be shared online at 7pm each day, as well as special times of prayer for young people and children. We will pray for God’s guidance as we seek to rebuild from the pandemic. Bishop Julian asks each of us to consider making a one-off, sacrificial gift to the church in this time of crisis to help support this and other churches in need and to glorify God – and a special envelope will be available for this. 

All Souls Sunday 1st November 6pm

A Eucharist to remember those we love but see no longer, and to pray for the souls of the faithful departed.  As part of the service, the names of those who have died are read out. They may have died recently, or long ago. If you would like someone to be remembered, please print their name on the sheet at the back of the hall, or write ‘The (surname) Family’ if there are several people. Alternatively, let Rev Carol know their names before the service. Do invite friends and neighbours along too.  The service will be uploaded to YouTube afterwards for those at home. 

https://www.eventbrite.com/manage/events/126470361255/tickets is where you can book a place.

Advent Course – Living in Hope

This Advent, we’ll be running a 4-session online course on the theme of ‘Living in Hope’. Produced by the York Courses Team, it promises to be a ’chance to have a think about what it means to live well, and to die well.  We are people of history and people of hope.  We look back to the Bible to see where we’ve come from, and we look forward in hope to what lies ahead’. If you’re interested in joining one or all of the sessions, please let Pat/Carol know.  The course will start on the afternoon of Advent Sunday (29th November) at 4pm.

APCM Today

After the 1030 Eucharist, we will hold our Annual Meeting to review 2019, and elect our Churchwardens and PCC members who will represent us as we plan our worship, outreach, and life together. This was delayed because of lockdown – and legally has to happen by the end of October. 

Anyone who lives in the parish or who is on the electoral roll is entitled to vote for our Churchwardens. Anyone who is on the Electoral Roll is entitled to vote for the other positions. 

Please pray for those standing for the posts of: 

Churchwardens (2 posts);  Deanery Synod Rep (who meets with other church representatives from across Lancaster); Members of PCC (Six posts).(Our Treasurer and Safeguarding Representative are Ex-officio members of PCC and are appointed by PCC.)

Please read through the reports for 2019 and bring along any questions and reflections. If you wish to join from home via Zoom – the meeting will also be online. 


Meeting ID: 806 945 9310. Passcode: 567968

One tap mobile: 02080806591,, 8069459310#,,,,,,0#,,567968# United Kingdom.   Dial in: Phone 0208 080


The Evening Drop In (Shelter Update!)

Thanks to Jan and Clive who joined us for our service for Homeless Sunday a fortnight ago – and for their update on what’s happening with the Night Shelter this winter. We cannot open for guests to sleep overnight – as Covid restrictions prevent multiple people sharing accommodation. However, we plan to open from 8:30-9.30pm each evening, offering hot drinks and food, as well as a warm welcome and space for guests to chat and receive support, in a Covid-safe way. This will evolve as the restrictions change – so please keep the team in your prayers.

Lancaster City Council assure us that they will accommodate anyone who is homeless over the winter months (01524 582257 (9-5 M-F) /67099 (out of hours). Edward Street continue to provide support 10am-2pm Mon-Fri, and the Ark are running on Friday 4-5pm, also based at Edward Street. 

Donations of the following tinned/packaged goods would be gratefully received: 

macaroni cheese; meatballs; chilli/curry – meaty ones; hot dogs; meaty soups; beans with sausages (but we have loads of baked beans!); biscuits, cake, crisps;  rice pudding.

And a plea from Edward Street: 

 ….who are beginning an appeal for their Christmas Shelter and general funds as they prepare for the winter season and their work with homeless people in Lancaster. They are very grateful for past support and donations of food. If you are able to give financially: cheques payable to LDHAS, or bank transfers to 40-52-40, 00031967. If you can Gift Aid your donation – details from LDHAS, Edward Street, Lancaster, LA1 1QH. 


The Olive Branch and Morecambe Bay Foodbanks continue to need donations: please help if you can, either by putting food and toiletries in the collection boxes, or by 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/

Church Ceiling – can you help on Tuesday 27th Oct?

Scaffolding will go up in church on Wednesday 28th October to start the repairs. Volunteers (and dust-sheets) are needed to help with wrapping and protecting various items – please come along to help at 1:30 pm on Tuesday 27th October if you can.

Church Cleaning:

The next cleaning morning is likely to be on 3rd November – all welcome.

Boxes of Hope – Thank you!

Thank you for all the Boxes of Hope and donations sent to Romania via our primary school! 

The Real Advent Calendar

If you would like to order a Real Advent Calendar (or two!!) with Fairtrade chocolate, and a story booklet about Christmas – there is a sign up sheet at the back of the hall – and catalogues for other Fairtrade items

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Thought for the week

“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.”

Mark Twain

Eco Group Action for the Week:

Many of the big food producers focus on profit not principle. Check out your favourite brands to make sure that they are ethically produced.

Key contacts:

Vicar: Revd Carol Backhouse 942105 revcarolbackhouse@gmail.com

Lay Reader:  Dr Pat Allen 39552.

Churchwarden: Dr Paul Thompson 34949

Churchwarden: Mrs Jacqueline Stamper 64083 churchwarden@christchurchlancaster.org.uk

Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Ms Jane Lippitt 07930 979503 safeguarding@christchurchlancaster.org.uk

Nightshelter Co-ordinator: Ms Jan Norbury 07547 717 060   coordinator.nightshelter@gmail.com

Hall Bookings: hallchristchurch@btinternet.com 07890 351855

Christ Church School  Ms Emma Simpson 60955 head@christchurch-lancaster.lancs.sch.uk

Prayer and Support

If you would like us to pray for you, or for someone you know, for any reason, please email your request to prayer@christchurchlancaster.org.uk

or text the Prayer Chain on 07980 351855. Please ask the person’s permission if you’d like them included in the weekly notices.

Pastoral Support

Rev. Carol is still able to offer pastoral support, especially in times of emergency, now that further restrictions are in place. Please contact her by phone or email in the first instance (details above). 

Christ Church website:


Christ Church YouTube Channel:


Christ Church Facebook page:



If you are unable to join the service for whatever reason, you may wish to follow the Spiritual Communion service at home (the order, and the sermon, are on the Christ Church website*), using the day’s readings and prayers.


We hope that repairs on the church roof and ceiling will commence soon, but we shall be continuing to worship in the Hall and online** in coming weeks.


Please note the following Covid- precautions:  

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. 

Unless you’re exempt, please 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 use the NHS Covid-19 app, please scan the QR code to check in.

 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
The Hall, and all items that have been touched will be cleaned and disinfected between use.

Booking places for services

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). 

** Recorded services are available to view on our YouTube channel:



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. 

Christ Church will also be open for private prayer, and the opportunity to light a candle this and forthcoming Sundays from 2pm-4pm, and Wednesdays 10-11am. Thank you to all the volunteers who are making this happen – and if you’d like to join the rota for November, please let Rev Carol know.   

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 prayer@christchurchlancaster.org.uk or text the Prayer Chain on 07980 351855. Please ask the person’s permission if you’d like them included in the weekly notices. 

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.