All dates are cancelled.
Secretary: Miss A. Shaw, 27 Whernside Road, Lancaster, LA1 2TA.
Treasurer. Mr. G. Shaw: 27 Whernside Road, Lancaster, LA1 2TA,
If anyone needs a minister please contact the Church Secretary.
Things are supposed to be moving towards out having services again??????
As things stand, there has to be no singing. There have to be no flowers. There has to be no socialising after service. Social distancing has to be observed. We have received a packet of face masks for those who come and do not have one. A risk assessment has to be taken before anything can take place.
I am told that people over seventy are not required.
Will the risk assessment look into the risk of nobody wanting to come?
To end on something more cheerful. I will finish with a few quotes from church bulletins or announcements at church services:
- Don’t let worry kill you off –let the Church help.
- Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
- Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.
- Pot-luck supper Sunday at 5.00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.
- Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday 7 PM. Please use the back door.
- The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
- Miss Charlene Mason sang “I will not pass this way again”, giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
Below is Thought for the week from Rev Irene John.
Thought for the week beginning 16th August 2020
How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony! Ps.133:1
In Psalm133 (a lectionary reading for this week), we have two images describing the beauty of God’s family here on earth: Firstly, there is the image of Aaron’s anointing oil, saturating his beard and running down his robe, signifying God’s grace, and his total consecration for holy service. Secondly, there is the dew of Mount Hermon; a high mountain in Northern Galilee, from whose base flow the source of the river Jordan. The dew, from its snow-covered mountain was a constant source of nourishment and fruitfulness for all. In the passage a link is made between Hermon and Zion, the hill city of Jerusalem – even though in different locations, both are referred to as members of the same family, called to live together in harmony. These images are linked to us, and the degree of communal harmony that should unite us, bringing fruitfulness for God’s glory.
There is beauty and blessing in accepting each other as a part of God’s family. Acceptance helps us develop companionship and trust with others, as a vital expression of our fellowship in Christ, through His Spirit. We are part of a family, that transcends the natural bonds of physical kinship, and is made sacred by the love of God. God is calling us to live together in harmony with each other – such harmony will help us to enjoy the common bond we have in Jesus Christ. This kind of harmony will help to break down the walls and fences that divide us, thereby ensuring that we display the grace and love of God as a model for community life. Living in harmony is not an easy option, as it does not exclude the need for accountability, integrity, fairness and justice, but it does include graciousness and kindness, standing alongside each other in our shortcomings and achievements, becoming responsible, faithful and trustworthy in all our dealings. Living together in harmony is a gift – as members of the same family do you hold each other as precious gifts from God?
Brother, Sister, let me serve you,
let me be as Christ to you;
pray that I may have the grace to
let you be my servant too.
We are pilgrims on a journey,
and companions on the road;
we are here to help each other
walk the mile and bear the load.
(Richard Gillard, 1953-)
Take care and blessings Irene John
Christ Church (United Reformed)
Sadly, there will be no services in Church until further notice.