Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel is closed now in response to Government and Church of England advice.  

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Passion Sunday 29th March – the 5th of Lent

The Bible readings for today are:

  • Psalm 130
  • Romans 8: v6-11
  • John 11: v1-45

We cannot  join together in church to pray and hear from God’s word but we can read and pray in our different places around the usual service times of 8.30 and 10am today and also around 10.30am on Wednesday.

The Bible readings for the coming week (30th March to 5th April) are set out below.

You may find this special prayer leaflet for Lent and Passiontide useful.

We have prepared the short video below to help in our worship together this Passion Sunday – we hope you find it helpful.

Bible Readings for 30th Mar - 5th Apr

  • Monday 30th Mar: Psalm 73, Exodus 8:1-19, Hebrews 11:17-31

  • Tuesday 31st Mar: Psalm 35, Exodus 8:20-end, Hebrews 11:32-12:2
  • Wednesday 1st Apr: Psalm 55, Exodus 9:1-12, Hebrews 12:3-13
  • Thursday 2nd Apr: Psalm 40, Exodus 9:13-end, Hebrews 12:14-end
  • Friday 3rd Apr: Psalm 22, Exodus 10, Hebrews 13:1-16
  • Palm Sunday 5th Apr: Philippians 2:5-11, Matthew 21:1-11

Praying Together – when sickness is near

General – you may like to view or download this whole prayersheet

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. Amen.

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.
Amen.

For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

Announcements

April 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

April 2020 letter from our vicar Rob

​Dear Friends, I discovered this piece from The Gospel Coalition, quoting one of the most insightful Christian writers of the Twentieth Century, whose BBC radio programmes during the dark times of World War Two had 1.5 million listeners. On the next page, we give some...

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Workshop – postponed

Workshop – postponed

Sight-loss friendly church workshop - postponed Unfortunately this Workshop, scheduled for Sat 28th March at NewLife community church in Crewe, is now POSTPONED until the autumn in the light of Government guidance responding to the coronavirus emergency.  The new date...

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MU Evening Meeting Tuesday 11th February

MU Evening Meeting Tuesday 11th February

The speaker was Pat Riches – an old friend and member of the branch – she came to talk about the Sycamore Tree Course. Pat is a volunteer on the Sycamore Tree Course at Thorn Cross Prison. The Course is faith led and all the sessions are based on the story of Zaccheus,

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Genesis update: 21st March 2020

Genesis update: 21st March 2020

As you will be more than aware, because of the public health restrictions, Church services and Genesis are now suspended until further notice. The church building itself will remain open for individual quiet prayer and reflection on weekday mornings until about 12 noon.

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2020 Revision of Church Electoral Roll – period extended

2020 Revision of Church Electoral Roll – period extended

Our annual Church meetings need to be delayed until later in the year.  However, the required annual revision of the Church Electoral Roll by the Parochial Church Council will still begin as already notified from Sunday 22nd March but the revision period will be extended until at least 15 days from the new date (still to be decided and notified) of the delayed annual Church meetings. 

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