Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Services this week at St Luke’s – Holmes Chapel

see also: Diary  –  Link  –  Readings this week

Sunday 22nd May – Easter 6       don’t forget it’s still Christian Aid Week

Readings for today: 1 Kings 10: 1-13  Matthew 12: 38-42
9am – Holy Communion in church –  a traditional service in contemporary language following Common Worship  with classic hymns – for Covid reasons only consecrated bread is received.
10.30am – Family Worship including the baptism of ARTHUR FARR – a less formal service with contemporary songs.

Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th May

9am  Morning Prayer  by Zoom* – 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 at 9am Monday to Wednesday,  please email comms@stlukesholmeschapel.uk and we will send you the access details.

Wednesday 25th May

10.30am Holy Communion in church  –  a short friendly communion service to enjoy peace and seek the Lord in Easter Week –  for Covid reasons only consecrated bread is received.

COVID-19 precautions – many people locally are still contracting the virus.  Please use your own discretion about wearing a face-mask in church but respect the wishes of those who feel vulnerable and who are continuing to wear one and are maintaining social distancing.  We appreciate your cooperation in this to help keep everyone safe.

Thursday 26th May – Ascension Day

No service in St Luke’s; we will celebrate the Ascension of our Lord in our services  on Sunday 29th May

May 22 Letter

May 22 Letter

We need prayer. We always need prayer.

And when all sorts of other things on which we rely are feeling less reliable, we do well to recognise that a living relationship with our Heavenly Father is more necessary than ever. We need prayer because the lifeblood of our relationship with God is prayer.

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April 22 letter

It is hard to believe the cruelty shown to Jesus at the first Easter. How could the authorities commit such injustice in the plain view of large crowds? How could the people be manipulated to that extent? The atrocity of a cruel execution for a person admired and loved by so many, it seems inconceivable.

How did Jesus’ death on the cross happen? Some consider it so unpalatable that they prefer to say it didn’t happen (that’s the mainstream Muslim position)! It is hard to get your head around. But the events in Ukraine this month have made us see how such evil acts are not so rare. Such inhumanity is not so inconceivable when our eyes are opened.

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Christian Aid Week May 2022

Christian Aid Week May 2022

This Christian Aid Week, from 15-22nd May, the Holmes Chapel Christian Aid Group is seeking your support to help turn hunger into hope. Read on for ways that you can donate and help make a difference!

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Strawberry Supper 14th June

The MU Strawberry Supper will be held on Tuesday June 14th at 7.30 in the Church Hall. Tickets will be £5, to include scones with strawberries and cream, and cake. Guests very welcome!

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Genesis April 2022

Genesis April 2022

As we approach the end of Lent and the glory of Easter, we thought it would be a useful time to update you on a few changes to Genesis post Easter. There is a table of Sunday dates for Genesis until the end of the school summer term below.

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Praying Together in the Easter Season

O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Let your ways be known on earth,
Your saving power among the nations.

In your resurrection, O Christ,
Let heaven and earth rejoice. Alleluia.

Risen Christ,
You filled your disciples with boldness
And with fresh hope:
Strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
And fill us with your peace,
To the glory of God the Father. Amen.

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Prayer for peace in Ukraine

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have encouraged the Church of England to join with the Diocese in Europe in prayer for the chaplaincy in Kyiv and the other churches that serve Ukraine.

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Praying Together

When sickness is near:

you can view or download this prayersheet here

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.

Donations update Feb22

Donations update Feb22

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.

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Recital on our new organ – 2nd October

Recital on our new organ – 2nd October

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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Daily Hope Line 0800 804 8044

Daily Hope Line 0800 804 8044

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. A Church of England initiative in partnership with CONNECTIONS at Holy Trinity Claygate, and Faith in Later Life The line –...

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