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Sunday 3rd March 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 3rd March 2019

Welcome to Christ Church today, especially any visitors and those worshipping with us for the first time.

We’re delighted to welcome the Rev’d Rick Bunday, Vicar of St Michael’s, Kirkham, to preside and preach at our 10:30 Eucharist today.  We’re very grateful to him for coming in Fr Phil’s absence on sabbatical leave.

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 do stay for refreshments at the back of church.

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, eg if you are in recovery, please feel free to simply return to your seat having received the bread first.
  • 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 remember in your prayers:

Those who are ill:  Sheila Kelly, Abdussabur Kirke

RIP Ebony Gould, Betty Stewart, Barbara Meehan, Alice Baines, Muriel Beckett

Thought for the week

“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” Mahatma Gandhi (who began a hunger strike on 3 March 1939)

Action for the week

Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.  (New England proverb.)

CALENDAR

Sunday March 3rd         

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist followed by discussion group

6.00 pm  Taizé Eucharist

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

Wednesday March 6th  Ash Wednesday

7.45 am Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

12 noon Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

7.00 pm Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Friday

9.30am Said Eucharist

10-30am Tiddlers

Sunday March 10th        

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist followed by discussion group

 

TAIZÉ EUCHARIST

The Taizé Eucharist on the first Sunday of each month is moving back to 6 pm for a trial period, in the hope that it will enable more people to come along to this short reflective service with simple and easy to sing chants.  Please join us at 6 pm on Sunday 3rd March

FROM THE NIGHTSHELTER Please make donations of hotdog sausages and rice pudding, if you are able.

ROOF REPAIRS – APPEAL The extreme weather last autumn led to extensive leaks in the church’s roofs. The most urgent have been repaired, with further emergency work to be done early in 2019. The first phase has cost £6,200, with a further £5,000 needed for the second. This is money the church does not have.  Please consider making a gift to Christ Church towards the cost of this essential and unavoidable work to enable us to carry on worshipping here without further need for buckets! If you can Gift Aid your donation, that adds 25 pence to every £1 you give. Thank you in advance for your help.

ELECTORAL ROLL

In 2019 we have to have a complete renewal of the Parish Electoral Roll (required every six years).  This has to be completed before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (27 April 2019). , The notice of revision will be on the notice board at the back of church.  Please contact Jacqueline or Paul for a form.

RECYCLING The recycling drawers in the hall kitchen are still filling up quickly. ANYONE can take away a bag of recycling to put out with theirs – please try to do so. Thank you.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR)

Changes to legislation earlier this year mean that we have to obtain your consent to contact you. This means you signing a form, and affects everyone. It takes less than a minute! We will be doing this on an ongoing basis.

 

TIDDLERS This group for pre-school children and their parents and carers meets on Fridays at 10.30 am. There is space to play, a craft table and a time of singing children’s action songs. A simple lunch is available for those who wish to stay for something to eat.

PRAYER REQUESTS You can send requests for prayer by text to 07980 351855. If you would like to join the prayer group who respond to these requests, or you would like to know more, then talk to Pat.

Food Bank As well as the usual items, the Food Bank needs donations of lentils, chick peas, vegetable oil and rice.

Sunday’s Readings

Exodus 34.29-end  

29 Moses came down from Mount Sinai. As he came down from the mountain with the two tablets of the covenant in his hand, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God. 30When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, the skin of his face was shining, and they were afraid to come near him. 31But Moses called to them; and Aaron and all the leaders of the congregation returned to him, and Moses spoke with them. 32Afterwards all the Israelites came near, and he gave them in commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him on Mount Sinai. 33When Moses had finished speaking with them, he put a veil on his face; 34but whenever Moses went in before the Lord to speak with him, he would take the veil off, until he came out; and when he came out, and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, 35the Israelites would see the face of Moses, that the skin of his face was shining; and Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

2 Corinthians 3

12 Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness, 13not like Moses, who put a veil over his face to keep the people of Israel from gazing at the end of the glory that was being set aside. 14But their minds were hardened. Indeed, to this very day, when they hear the reading of the old covenant, that same veil is still there, since only in Christ is it set aside. 15Indeed, to this very day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their minds; 16but when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.  4 Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practise cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God.

Luke 9

28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him. 31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, ‘Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah’—not knowing what he said. 34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud. 35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, ‘This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!’ 36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

SUNDAY EUCHARISTS 8-30, 10-30 and 6-00 (1st and 3rd Sundays only), and Friday 9-30am

Key Contacts

Please note: the Vicar is on a sabbatical until 3rd June. Please contact the Associate Priest or Churchwardens.

The Vicar: Fr Phil Hudd, 1 East Road, 34430 phil.hudd@btinternet.com

Associate Priest: Canon Brenda Harding 66071

brendakharding@hotmail.com

Lay Reader Ms Pat Allen 01524 39552.

Churchwarden: Mr Paul Thompson 34949

Churchwarden: Mrs Jacqueline Stamper 64083

Parish Safeguarding Officer:  Ms Jane Lippitt 07930 979503

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