7th March 2021

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The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 7th March 2021

Third Sunday of Lent

Collect (Prayer of the week)

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; 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.


Exodus 20.1-17

Then God spoke all these words:

I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.

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

Psalm 19

Refrain:   The commandment of the Lord is pure and gives light to the eyes.

   The heavens are telling the glory of God and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

   One day pours out its song to another and one night unfolds knowledge to another.

3    They have neither speech nor language and their voices are not heard,

4    Yet their sound has gone out into all lands and their words to the ends of the world.

   In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun, that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber and rejoices as a champion to run his course.

6    It goes forth from the end of the heavens and runs to the very end again, and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The commandment of the Lord is pure and gives light to the eyes.

7    The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure and gives wisdom to the simple.

   The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and gives light to the eyes.

9    The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever; the judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10  More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, sweeter also than honey, dripping from the honeycomb.

11  By them also is your servant taught and in keeping them there is great reward.

The commandment of the Lord is pure and gives light to the eyes.

12  Who can tell how often they offend? O cleanse me from my secret faults!

13  Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins lest they get dominion over me; so shall I be undefiled, and innocent of great offence.

14  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

The commandment of the Lord is pure and gives light to the eyes

1 Corinthians 1.18-25

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

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

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John  (2.13-22)        Glory to you, O Lord

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

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

Post Communion Prayer

Merciful Lord, grant your people grace to withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil, and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  


Some suggested hymns you may like to follow at home:


Please remember in your prayers:

Those who are sick:  Olive Niccolls, Youngblood McCray, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Ivy Buckley, Michael Greenhalgh, Stephen Gardner, Ann Gilbride, Sitar Rose, Thea Harris-Ellis, Helen Rawlinson, Thomas Platt, Sophia Holden, Callum Stephenson, Rev’d Cindy Rigney, Muriel Ashton, Janet Ball, Stephen Taylor, Diana van Die.

RIP:  Edward Thistlethwaite, Lis Dey, Teresa Bolton, Steven Huggins, Udo Becker. 

Parish Cycle of Prayer: 

Those who live and work in Willow Grove and Ellwood Square; and all foster carers.

Prayer and Worship this week:

Sunday 10.30am Eucharist via YouTube*, (with Zoom coffee at 11:30 am https://zoom.us/j/92076612292?pwd=OGJzMFJiaVlsUklSNm5DcFZnakVFdz09   

Meeting ID 920 7661 2292.   Passcode:  865469)

Sunday 4 pm Caring for Creation Lent course (Zoom)

Sunday 6pm: Evening Prayer via Zoom  (https://zoom.us/j/92062839983 Meeting ID: 920 6283 9983)

Wednesday 6pm Evening Prayer via Zoom https://zoom.us/j/99756144246?pwd=c3YxNVRlTFkrL251UHNpMjZFdFJSdz09   Meeting ID: 997 5614 4246 Passcode: 370844 (then uploaded to YouTube*)

Friday 9.30 Morning Prayer, on our Facebook** page

Saturday 9pm Compline via YouTube*

Sunday 8:30 am Mothering Sunday Said Eucharist (in the Lady Chapel)

Sunday 10.30am Mothering Sunday Eucharist in church, then uploaded to YouTube*

Sunday 4 pm Caring for Creation Lent course (Zoom)

Sunday 6:30 pm Evening Prayer (joint service with Lancaster Priory, led by Rev’d Carol) on: https://www.facebook.com/lancasterpriorymusic/

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

** The Christ Church Facebook page (you don’t need to sign in) is www.facebook.com/christchurchlancaster

Christ Church – Returning to Public Worship!

Following revised advice from the Directors of Public Health and the Diocese, the PCC has agreed that we should reopen Christ Church for public worship with effect from Sunday 14th March.  It will take time for things to return to normal, and we will do everything we can to keep things safe at church. There is no pressure on anyone to return to church worship immediately, so please come only when you feel ready to do so. Online worship will continue for all who wish to join from home.  More details about the arrangements will be circulated next week.

In the meantime, should you wish to book in for the Sunday Eucharists, please use these Eventbrite links:

Sundays: 8:30 am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/144628127623

Sundays: 10:30 am


Church Cleaning Morning

If you can spare 30 minutes (or more!) on Wednesday morning (10th March) from 10am, please come and help spring clean the church ready for opening. Bring your face covering, gloves and dusters!

Lent study course: Caring for Creation

“The human race is facing its greatest challenge: the threat to the environment and climate change. Faith in our Creator God should enable us to see what is actually happening.” Brian Davies, course author.

This new York Course consists of five sessions:

1. The Environment; 2. Global Warming and Climate Change; 3. The Age of Humans; 4. Coming out of Denial and Facing Crisis;  5. Faith, Hope and Love.

They will be held via Zoom each Sunday at 4pm until 21st March. If you would like to attend some of the course, please let Rev. Carol know, and she will let you have a copy of the course booklet. To join the course:
https://zoom.us/j/98903615188?pwd=a01QRFR1LzczM1JHSnZTdWt1WkJ0dz09  Meeting ID: 989 0361 5188 Passcode: 218739    Dial in 020 3481 5237 (same meeting ID and passcode)

Blackburn Diocese Lent Course and Quiet Morning

The Diocese is running the Looking out in Lent course https://www.blackburn.anglican.org/diocesan-lent-course-looking-out-in-lent.  The course takes place across five Wednesdays (beginning February 24th) at 7.30pm – 9pm on each occasion.

How deep the Father’s love – Bishop Philip will lead a Quiet Morning for Lent on Saturday 27th March 9:30 am – 1 pm.  Each half-hour will be dedicated to one of the Seven Last Words from the Cross, which means people can leave and join on the half-hour. Please email louise.hunter@blackburn.anglican.org to book.


Perhaps you’ve found yourself praying more during lockdown? Tuesday 16th March 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)

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Prayers & our Newsletter

If you, or someone you know would like to receive this newsletter, either electronically or a paper version – do let Jacqueline/Rev Carol know and we will endeavour to keep in contact with people.

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.  

Pastoral Support

I’m still able to offer pastoral support, especially in times of emergency.  Please contact me by phone or email in the first instance.  Rev Carol

Children’s Corner

Read John 2: 13-22

What are the things in the world that make you cross?

What could you do to make a difference?

Go on a litter pick and clean up the area around your church building, or ask the children to go on a litter pick on the street where they live. Jesus cleared out and ‘cleansed’ the temple – we can make a difference by cleaning up our local area and set an example for others to follow.


Amazing God, just as Jesus noticed the injustice in the temple, help us to see the injustice in the world around us. And when we do give us the courage to stand up against it. Amen

Giggle (or Groan) of the weeksuggestions welcome

A sandwich walks into a bar. The barman says: ‘sorry we don’t serve food here’

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.

Electoral Roll – annual revision

The Electoral Roll is now open for the annual revision, and an application form is attached with this newsletter if you wish to join.  Please note: you do not need to fill in another form if you signed up to the Electoral Roll in or after March 2019.  Please contact Jane Lippitt for further information and please send completed forms to her by no later than 4th April (Jane’s address is with the application information.)

Postal Voting for the APCM

If you wish to vote in this year’s APCM* (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) for the election of Churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Representatives (for many of which you’ll need to be on the Electoral Roll), but won’t be able to attend the meeting for any reason – it is now possible to have a postal vote. (This was approved at last year’s meeting). Please let Rev Carol know if you’re interested in voting by post.  *This year’s APCM will be held on 21st April – notice to follow.

Please also note that Paul Thompson will not seek re-election as Churchwarden this time, after giving many years’ excellent and faithful service in the role, for which we are all very grateful. Please start thinking about who might be willing to be nominated.

Suggestions of things for PCC to discuss

PCC will next be meeting on 24th March. If there are ideas or issues which you’d like to raise, please let Julie Buckley or Rev’d Carol know.

Children, Youth and Families Coordinator Update

Unfortunately, we were unable to appoint a co-ordinator to lead our children’s work on this occasion. We hope to re-advertise after Easter, so if you know of someone who might be interested in the role, please do spread the word!’

Mothering Sunday

If you would like to help in making or taking out posies of flowers across the parish on the 14th March, please let Audrey/Rev Carol know.

We will also be reaching out to our local refuge on Mothering Sunday. If you are able to donate women’s toiletries, wellbeing items (e.g. nail varnish, bath bubbles) – or craft items (card, paper, pens, trimmings etc) – these will be gratefully received. There will be a collection point at the Vicarage in the first instance, donations by 13th March if possible, please.

Real Easter Eggs

If you would like to order a Real Easter egg (a Fairtrade chocolate egg, with an Easter story book – not available in supermarkets!) for £5.50, please let Rev Carol know. Order by the 28th March, including whether you’d like dark, milk, or white chocolate.

Easter Raffle

Advance notice that Jane Lippitt and Julie Buckley are organising an Easter raffle – a hamper of delicious Easter goodies.  Look out for further information and how to buy raffle tickets!

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The Olive Branch Foodbank

A huge thank you from the Olive Branch for all your donations to the foodbank – please keep giving, as demand grows steadily.  Their Facebook page gives information about particular items of which they’re running short.  During daylight hours, there’s a collection box outside the Vicarage door for donations to the Olive Branch, please leave tins, toiletries, and packets and these will be passed on to their distribution centre on the Lansil estate.  Or you can give money for them to buy what is needed: https://www.the-olivebranch.org.uk/donate/

Squares for Syria

Thanks to everyone who has so far knitted 6” squares for the Eco-Group project. Sami has sewn them to make this beautiful blanket – and there’s another nearing completion! Donations to Margaret Lyth please  (60387).

Give and Makeup

Following our Zoom coffee discussion about recycling makeup, here’s some more details:

‘Give and Makeup are a UK based organisation which aims to provide support and supplies to those in less fortunate positions. They accept all beauty donations, ranging from new and lightly used toiletries and makeup, and give these to local refuge shelters and Women’s Aid. 

All contributions help to provide women and children who are victims of domestic violence the necessities to overcome their crises, one donation at a time. However, it is important to note that they do not currently accept mascaras or lip glosses. Visit their website for further information – https://www.carolinehirons.com/page-give-and-makeup’

Smalls for All

If you’re planning a spring clear out, please consider www.smallsforall.org, who collect good quality, clean second-hand bras, and new pants (all sizes) to send out to countries in Africa, where women and girls are at higher risk of rape if they are not wearing such items. They will also take donations of men’s pants (new packets only). I’m not planning a church collection (!) But if you’d like to donate, please post your smalls to Smalls for All, Five Sisters Business Park, Westwood, West Calder, EH55 8PN

The Evening Drop In (Shelter Update!)

Supplies of tins or pots of rice pudding, and any clean sleeping bags in good condition, are especially welcome at present!

Our Evening Drop-in is open for anyone who is homeless or vulnerably housed, to come for a hot drink, hot meal, supplies of food and clothing, and a warm welcome, every evening 8:30 – 9:30 pm.  Edward Street continues to offer daytime support 10am-1pm.  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). 

Lancaster City of Sanctuary request – laptop support

They are raising funds to help supply refugees who are learning English with laptops to aid their study. Donated laptops will be given to a student who: is really in need of one;  has the recommendation of the class teacher; regularly attends classes; regularly completes set homework; signs an agreement to look after the laptop; returns an old laptop from CofS or Global Link if s/he has one. Donations towards the cost (£200 per laptop) can be made either:  by cheque (to “Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary”), sent to Jean O’Neill, Treasurer, 9 Halton Road, Lancaster LA1 2EA; or by online banking to Lancaster and Morecambe City of Sanctuary

Sort Code: 16-52-21     Acct. No: 539 949 21. More information from Dorothea Williamson (ESOL Coordinator) dorotheawilliamson@hotmail.com

Visions of 2020 Banner

The first contributions to the banner have come in: boats in the COVID-19 storm, gardens, family, bubbles, walks, church and of course Zoom. If there are pictures, memory, words or music that got you through 2020, please keep the ideas coming; everyone can contribute through any medium.

Please send your ideas, thoughts to Marion Cowan:  marion_cowan@hotmail.com 

Christ Church Creatives Group

Christ Church Craft group, initially by Zoom, is for anyone who would like to join to share crafts and ideas, where we can support each other and put together ideas for projects such as the Visions of 2020 banner. Anyone interested who would like to start crafting could contact me and I will organise an initial zoom meeting.  Marion. marion_cowan@hotmail.com

The Christ Church Cookbook: contributions invited

The Eco Church Group has been promoting the message that in order to reduce our carbon footprint, we need to eat less meat. in 2019 a special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) described plant-based diets as a major opportunity for mitigating and adapting to climate change. The Eco Group are not all vegetarian or vegan, but we believe that reducing meat consumption, especially from intensive farming, has benefits for both the climate and for animal welfare.

In order to encourage people to try meatless recipes, we are putting together a cookbook of our favourite vegetarian and vegan dishes that could tempt even carnivores, and we would like to invite you to contribute your favourite, tried and tested, veggie and vegan recipes. We will sell the cookbook to raise money for Christ Church.

We can’t guarantee to include all recipes we receive; we need to balance starters, mains and puddings, and also vegan/non-vegan recipes, and we are limited in the size of the booklet we can afford to produce. However, we will be grateful for all contributions. Please include metric measurements for ingredients.

Send your recipes to reader@christchurchlancaster.org.uk.

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Thought for the week

Love is the foolishness of man and the wisdom of God.

                                                                                Victor Hugo

Eco-Group Action for the Week:  

Fair Trade foundation is part of the Climate Coalition, a group of over 130 organisations across the UK working towards a truly green and sustainable world. Sign up to join Fairtrade against the Climate Crisis.  https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/thetimeisnow

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Key contacts:

Vicar: Revd Carol Backhouse 942105 revcarolbackhouse@gmail.com

1 East Road, Lancaster, LA1 3EE

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

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.