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Services at St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel
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Sunday 7th August – Trinity 8
Readings: Psalm 51 Matthew 21 v 28-32
9am – Holy Communion in church – traditional service in contemporary language following Common Worship with classic hymns – both bread and wine (in individual cups) are now being administered.
10.30am – Morning Worship in church – less formal “no books” service with down-to-earth Bible teaching, contemporary songs & classic hymns, followed afterwards by coffee with Rob & Jean in the vicarage garden, 74a London Road.
COVID-19 precautions: wearing a face covering in church is no longer required although many people locally are still affected by the virus. However, please respect the wishes of those who feel vulnerable and still continue to wear a face-covering and maintain social distance.
Monday 8th August – Wednesday 10th August
9am Morning Prayer by Zoom – back on again this week on the vicar’s account* – a shortened version with shared bible readings.
*Note: if you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join one of our short Zoom Morning Prayer services, please email email@example.com and we will send you the access details.
Wednesday 10th August
10.30am – Midweek Holy Communion in church – a short unsung friendly service for those with half-an-hour to enjoy peace and seek the Lord – both bread and wine (in individual cups) are now being administered.
Lots of things are getting back to normal, including church life, and lots of holidays, but that doesn’t mean we’re all feeling normal. Lots of us are feeling the effects of our recent two years of Covid disruption. We do well to happily embrace the resumption of relative normality and also to work through our continuing feelings of loss.
In church, we are pleased to have resumed the receiving of holy communion in both kinds.
The Psalms in the Bible have played a big part in the life of many Christians. I remember how a couple once told me Psalm 91 had got them through World War 2; reading it together each evening had gone a long way to sustaining them through those dark days.
When we asked the congregations of St Luke’s which of the Psalms they would like to hear preached over the Summer, we were given a lot to chew on.
Top of the list came Psalm 121 ‘I lift up my eyes to the hills… from where does my help come?’. Equal second were Psalm 139 ‘O Lord you have searched me and known me’, and Psalm 150 ‘Let everything that has breath Praise the Lord’. And also in the long list of requests were Psalms 23, 27, 36, 46, 51, 66, 67, 86, 91, 96, 104, 105, 137, 143 and 145.
A big “thank you” to the volunteers for their hard work and enthusiasm in quickly tidying the memorials area for cremated ashes at the Knutsford Road Churchyard on Saturday 23rd July.
Application has been made to the Consistory Court of Chester Diocese for faculty permission to carry out important changes to the church internal lighting at St Luke’s.
St Luke’s Church Hall will be closed from 25th Jul – 4th September 2022 for important maintenance and improvements.
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photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash Genesis Into Summer Genesis now starts at the slightly later time of 10am, where learning and activities will take place in the Church Hall until 10.45am. Genesis will then join midway through the Church service in time to share their...
The Garden Treasure Trail organised by the Social Committee on Sunday afternoon 19th June between three houses and gardens was attended by about 40 people.
The Lord be with you
And also with you.
This is the day that the Lord has made.
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
whose judgements are true and just.
Praise our God, all you his servants,
All who fear him, both small and great.
The Lord our God, the Almighty reigns:
Let us rejoice and give him the glory.
For the marriage of the Lamb has come
And his bride has made herself ready.
Blessed are those who are invited
To the wedding banquet of the Lamb.
From Revelation 19
When sickness is near:
God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
From one who is ill or isolated
O God, help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me, help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Update letter from Judith and William Hall about donations to help the homeless in Manchester through Barnabus and our friends at St Luke’s Brinnington.
Our new organ was commissioned at a recital on 2nd October by the acclaimed organist Ian Tracey, Organist Titulaire at Liverpool Cathedral.
Thanks to the generosity of many we have now been able to welcome our new organ into the church—and it is clear that it will be of great benefit to our worship.
Ian treated the audience to a superb programme of music chosen by him to demonstrate our organ’s capabilities. His wonderful musicianship and his interesting and engaging comments about the music and the organ itself made it an evening to remember.
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