Sunday 3rd November 2019

The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

Sunday 3rd November 2019

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, Kristine Boss, Youngblood McCray, Len Fletcher, Olwyne Thompson, Ernie Wilson, Pat Brooks, Freya de Lysle, Marlene Phillips, Bill and Ivy Buckley

RIP Amelia Spruyt, Colin Smith, Pina Moore, Allan Downs, Stephen Johnson, Dennis Howell, Tony Angus, Sheila Kelly, Reg Boss

Thought for the week

Saints were saints because they acted with loving kindness whether they felt like it or not. 

Daniel Millman

Action for the week

Drive less, buy less, and use less!

Sunday 3rd November  All Saints/All Souls

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist, followed by study group

6.00 pm All Souls Eucharist, with Taizé chants Wednesday

5.30 pm Silent Meditation

6.00 pm Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am Said Eucharist

Sunday 10th November  Remembrance Sunday

8.30 am – Said Eucharist:

10.30 am – Remembrance Eucharist with Parade Service, followed by study group

ALL SOULS’ EUCHARIST 3rd November 2019

Please add to the list the names of those who have died and whom you wish to be remembered at our All Souls’ Eucharist (with Taizé chants) at 6 pm on 3 November, and come to pray for them and for those who continue to mourn their loss.

FAIRTRADE STALL

There is a Fairtrade stall in the Hall after the 10:30 Eucharist today (3rd November).  Please come and stock up with fairly-traded staples and Christmas gifts and goodies.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 10th November 2019

Please come to our Remembrance Service at 10:30.  We very much look forward to our school families and uniformed organisations being part of that special service.

CONFIRMATION/PATRONAL FESTIVAL

We are delighted that Bishop Julian is coming to Confirm at the 10:30 Eucharist on 24th November, when we also celebrate the Feast of Christ the King, our Patronal Festival.  Please continue to pray for all our Confirmation candidates as they prepare for this important step in their faith journey, and come to support them.

ADVENT CAROLS 1st December 2019

At 6 pm on Advent Sunday we shall have a service with Advent carols. More details to follow!

PLASTICS RECYCLING

Lancaster City Council now accepts more plastics in its kerbside recycling collections. (Plastics with the number 1,2, or 5 in the recycling triangle can go into the recycling bin – wrappers, film, plastic bags still go in general waste.)  Please recycle clean plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays (plus lids) of any shape or colour at home.  Huge thanks to Mike and Jacquie Stocks (and the rest of the Eco-Church Group) for faithfully collecting each month those plastics that were not previously accepted, and for taking them to appropriate recycling centres on our behalf – we and the planet are truly grateful. 

PRAYER REQUESTS  You can text requests for prayer to 07980 351855. Ask Pat if you’d like to join the prayer network.

Readings Sunday 3rd November

Daniel 7. 1-3, 7-15

In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream: I, Daniel, saw in my vision by night the four winds of heaven stirring up the great sea, and four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.

As for me, Daniel, my spirit was troubled within me, and the visions of my head terrified me. I approached one of the attendants to ask him the truth concerning all this. So he said that he would disclose to me the interpretation of the matter: ‘As for these four great beasts, four kings shall arise out of the earth. But the holy ones of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom for ever—for ever and ever.’

Ephesians 1. 11-end

In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Luke 6. 20-31

Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets. “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. “Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. “Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep. “Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.

“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

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