Sunday 17th June 2018

            The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

17th June 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 Askew, Josephine Smith, baby Lucy, Reg Boss, Margaret and Graham Bullock, Anne and Ken Duncan

RIP Jim Garbett, Alec Taylor, Sylke Broadbent, Joyce Hunt, Maureen Hillman

 

Thought for the week

You don’t just have a story – you’re a story in the making, and you never know what the next chapter’s going to be. That’s what makes it exciting. Dan Millman

 
Action for the week

Pick up plastic litter that other people have thrown.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday June 17th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church, followed by discussion group.

12-30 Holy Baptisms

6 pm – Said Eucharist

Monday

9-15 Morning Prayers at Vicarage

10-00 Interviews for a teacher Christ Church School

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

7-00 pm Eco Church at 10 Exeter Avenue

Wednesday

10-15 am Fr Phil leads whole school worship Christ Church

5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer

6-00 pm Christ Church School Governors

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10-30 am Tiddlers (Pre-School group)

Sunday June 24th

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist and Children’s Church

6 pm – Said Eucharist

 

Thank you! For Susan’s gift of £325 as her leaving present … she is putting the money towards the cost of a new cope, which is what we wear when conducting weddings (and sometimes baptisms).

 

Christian Aid. Great North swim sweepstake Susan Seed did the Great North Swim last weekend in 53 minutes 54 seconds. George Peddar is the winner of the sweepstake.

 

ECO CHURCH AWARD We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Silver Award from the Eco Church award body. Really well done to the team who keep working away at this.

 

ECO CHURCH

The next meeting is at Joyce’s home 10 Exeter Avenue on Tuesday 19 June starting at 7pm prompt. All welcome.

 

SUSAN’S MINISTRY DATES

Well done to Rev Susan who is leading her first Sunday services today as Vicar of Slyne, Halton and Aughton.

 

PCC

The next Church Council meeting is Wednesday 27th June, 7pm start at Christ Church School.

 

VISION MAPPING AND FUTURE PLANNING

Sincere thanks to rev Richard Impey for leading our events over the last two months. Feedback and reports are online on our website.

 

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.

 

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.

 

The Bible readings for today …

 

Ezekiel 17

Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.  On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind. All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.

 

2 Corinthians 5

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— 7for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. 10For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. 14For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. 16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

 

Mark 4

He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’ With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.