Sunday 9th December 2018

           The Parish of Christ Church, Lancaster.

A vibrant inclusive worshipping community

9thDecember 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:  Sheila Kelly, Abdussabur Kirke

RIP Pat Harrison, Cyril Baxter, Ken Nicholson, Ray Fryers, Dick White, Ann Holmes

 

Thought for the week

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. Calvin Coolidge

 

Action for the week

Be as environmentally aware as you can be aware when buying and wrapping presents.

 

CALENDAR

Sunday December 9th    

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church followed by discussion group

Monday

9-15am Morning prayers at the Vicarage

Tuesday

9.30 am – Church cleaning – volunteers welcome

Wednesday

10-20am Vicar leading whole school worship Christ Church school

5.30 pm Meditation and 6 pm Evening prayer

Friday

9.30 am – Said Eucharist

10-30am Tiddlers

Sunday December 16th NATIVITY PLAY, CHRISTINGLE AND TOY SUNDAY   

8.30 am – Said Eucharist

10.30 am – Parish Eucharist with Children’s Church Nativity followed by discussion group

 

SIGN UP FOR …

  1. LAST CHANCE Follow the Star booklets £1.50. PAY ON ORDER.This is a national church scheme which runs from Christmas Eve to Epiphany. There is an example of the booklet on the noticeboard.

 

POSADA

The travelling Holy Family have begun their journey around the parish and city. Please remember that you are responsible for taking the characters to the person after you. You will to take a note of that name and phone number.

 

FAIRTRADE

TODAY – there is a Fairtrade stall at the back of the church after the 10-30 service. Please support this!

 

FUNERAL

Ann Holme’s funeral is in church on Friday 14thDecember at 11-15am, followed by a committal at the crematorium for the family. Please do make an effort to attend, to thank God for Ann’s life, and to support Ron and his family.

 

SUNDAY 16thDECEMBER

The Sunday where everything happens! Children’s Church Nativity play, Christingle and Toy Sunday. Please bring good quality used or new toys to distribute to local families in need.

 

SAFEGUARDING

Many thanks to all those who have completed the C0 safeguarding training. The next and final stage of training will take place on Saturday 12th January and will be delivered by a member of the Diocese Safeguarding Team. People who need to attend this training are: Church Wardens, PCC members, Children’s Church Leaders, Safeguarding Officer.

Details of venue nearer the time but please make a note of this date in your diaries. Thank you, Jane

 

NIGHTSHELTER NEWS

The nightshelter is busy with up to 15 people a night sleeping over. Physical health needs are not always being well met, with examples of extreme abscesses being seen. Prayers and action please!

 

RECYCLING

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

 

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS EVENTS

  • Epiphany chalks – details later

 

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.

 

TIDDLERSThis 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.

 

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.

 

Philippians 1

I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart, for all of you share in God’s gracewith me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

 

Luke 3

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth;  and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” ’