Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

Come to Christ, Love to Learn, Learn to Love!

  28th November: Advent Sunday

We look forward to welcoming you to worship in St Luke’s church today at the new times of 9am and 10.30am.  

The Bible reading for today is: 

Matthew: 1: 1-17

9.00am:  Holy Communion in church

A traditional service of Holy Communion (consecrated bread only received) with classic hymns led by our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren.

10.30am: Morning Worship in church

A service for all ages with lively fellowship, down-to-earth Bible teaching, contemporary songs and classic hymns, followed by refreshments in the Church Hall. 

Although it’s no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering, we suggest that for everyone’s safety you continue to do so when singing and also maintain seating distancing and other COVID-19 precautions when in church.

11.30am: Special Zoom “After Church Coffee” get-together at 11.30am for 40 minutes on Jean’s Zoom account**

Renew contacts and chat informally in small groups over coffee in our homes and catch up with many of the folk we used to see in our Zoom services before we returned to regular worship together in church.

**If you have forgotten the Zoom account details, please contact comms@stlukesholmeschapel.uk. 

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Fron time to time Canon Rob records video addresses to help in our worship at home.  If you have missed any of the earlier videos, you can find them here.

Coming week at St Luke’s:

Monday 29th – Wednesday 1st December

9am on Zoom* – short Morning Prayer on Zoom on Rob McLaren’s account*

Wednesday 1st December:

10.30am – mid-week Holy Communion in church
a restricted service (consecrated bread only) led by our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren.

It’s no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering but, for everyone’s safety, for the moment we suggest you do so when singing and maintain seating distancing and other COVID-19 precautions when in church.

*Note:  we are continuing our short Zoom service of Morning Prayer at 9am on Monday to Wednesday.   Please contact comms@stlukesholmeschapel.uk with your phone number if you are local to St Luke’s and would like to join in. 

Zoom is also being used for some small church meetings and study groups.

Bible readings for 29th November to 5th December:

Mon. 29th Psalm 50; Isaiah 25:1-9; Matthew 12:1-21
Tues. 30th Psalm 147; Isaiah 26; Matthew 12:22-37
Wed.1st December Psalm 7; Isaiah 28:1-13; Matthew 12:38-end
Thurs. 2nd Psalms 42,43; Isaiah 28:14-end; Matthew 13:1-2
Fri. 3rd Psalms 25,26; Isaiah 29:1-14; Matthew 13:24-43
Sat. 4th Psalm 9; Isaiah 29:15-end; Matthew 13:44-end
Sunday 5th Matthew 1:18-25
December 2021

December 2021

How can we reach the new generations with the good news of salvation? God had the answer to that question when he sent his only Son into the world as a baby growing in Mary’s tummy. Start young.

This Advent we are hearing from the first chapter of the New Testament in our Sunday teaching. Matthew’s gospel surprises many modern readers by starting with a big family tree or, more accurately, the main suspects in a male line stretching from Abraham to Jesus.

We don’t understand the significance of Jesus’ coming to earth unless we know the main line of the Old Testament. Once we have worked our way from Adam to Abraham to David to the exile to the birth of Jesus, then we have the best chance of receiving the good news of God’s salvation…….

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Community Choir is meeting again!

The Community Choir is now singing together again in person on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Church Hall (except over the Christmas period on 22nd, 29th Dec and 5th Jan). It’s an ideal time for newcomers to join and have a good sing together…..

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Church plaque updated

The plaque in church listing incumbents at Church Hulme St Luke since 1579 has now been updated with the name of our present vicar, Canon Rob McLaren.

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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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Advent Prayer 2021

Praying Together in Advent@St Luke’s, Holmes Chapel
– to help you in your personal worship
You can download a printable version of this prayer sheet here
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O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
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Your words have I hidden in my heart,
That I should not sin against you.

The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it,
The compass of the world and all who live in it.

For he has founded it upon the seas
And set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.

‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord,
Or who can rise up in his holy place?’

‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,
Who have not lifted their soul up to an idol,
Nor sworn an oath to a lie:

‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord,
A just reward from the God of their salvation.

Such is the company of those who seek him,
Of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

Psalm 24

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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.

Genesis October 2021

Genesis October 2021

We were excited to be back in the Church Hall in September with our new time and changes to the Church service.

We now meet at the Church Hall from 9.45am so we can promptly start at 9.50am and finish at 10.25am. We will then go over to the church to join in the Morning Worship service.

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MU members together again!

MU members together again!

Our first “in person” meeting: Wednesday 17th September

We weren’t sure how many people would actually turn up for our first “in person” meeting but felt that as it was an afternoon tea we might get a few.

Well, thirty members and friends came to join in!!

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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.

read more
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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New history of St Luke’s

New history of St Luke’s

Take up of the newly published History of St Luke’s has been excellent. More copies have now been printed.

Please contact Peter Cotton by email: papscotton@sky.com or phone 01477 537491 to make sure of your copy!

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