Sunday 4th February

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

4th February 2018

 

Welcome to Christ Church today, especially any visitors and those worshipping with us for the first time. 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:  Hannah Warriner, Cath Jarvis, Hilda Westerman, Youngblood McCray, Jean Stanfield,  Lesley Long, David and Audrey Askew, Josephine Smith, Norman Borrill, baby Lucy, Reg Boss, Margaret and Graham Bullock

RIP: Tereena Nicholson

 

Thought for the week

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Edith Wharton
Action for the week

Always turn lights and appliances off properly. Leaving things on standby uses a surprising amount of energy.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday February 4th – Candlemas

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

6 pm –  Said Eucharist

Monday

9.15 am – Morning prayer, Vicarage

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

5.30 pm – Evening Prayer

6 pm – Vestry – wedding and baptism bookings

7.30 pm – Christian Aid Talk at Trinity URC Bowerham Rd.

Wednesday

11.30 – Holy Communion at Moorside Hall

5.30 pm – Silent Meditation then Evening Prayer

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am -11.45 am – Tiddlers (Pre-school group)

Sunday February 11th –

    8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

6 pm –  Said Eucharist

 

Tuesday February 5th at 7.30 pm – Christian Aid Talk at Trinity URC Bowerham Rd. Andrew Kirkham of Christian Aid will be talking about his recent visit to Christian Aid’s partners in Haiti and their vital work after the devastating earthquake in 2010.

 

ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT Believe it or not, Ash Wednesday is on 14th February! Services with ashing are 7-45am (said), 12-30pm (with hymns) and 7-00pm (said). Please try to ensure that you attend one service to start the great season of reflection.

 

LENT GROUPS There will be a discussion group after the 10-30 service on Sundays on Lent (18 February onwards). More details nearer the time.

 

Friday February 23rd, 7 pm – ‘Holy and Humorous’,

An evening of light entertainment with John Bell of the Iona Community at St Paul’s Church, Scotforth.

 

Epiphany Gifts Please sign the list at the back of the church to help us purchase the items needed over the next twelve months. You may also like to think about offering a gift of time to help with the running of our church and its activities. If everyone gave an hour of their time once a month it would make the load lighter for others and help to expand our ministry in the local community.

 

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

 

FLOWERS We have launched  a new way of raising some funds for church flowers. It is similar to the ‘Sponsor a Sunday’ scheme, where people can choose a special Sunday to have flowers prepared. The suggested donation is £20.

 

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.

 

MIRTH AND MOANING The informal support group for those living with pain or distress meets on the following dates at 2-15 in the church hall. All welcome. More details from Jacqueline Stamper.

 

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.

 

The Bible readings for today …

Malachi 3 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; 3he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. 4Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. 5 Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

 

Hebrews 2 Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. 16For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. 17Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.

 

Luke 2 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), 24and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’ And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, 37then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.  When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.