Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Services at St Luke’s Church, Holmes Chapel

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Sunday 14th August – Trinity 9

Readings: Psalm 150   Matthew 21 v 8-11
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 15th August – Wednesday 17th 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 comms@stlukesholmeschapel.uk and we will send you the access details.  

Wednesday 17th 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.
August 2022 letter

August 2022 letter

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.

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July 22 letter

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.

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Barbabus van appeal

Barbabus van appeal

Can you help please? Barnabus urgently needs to replace its 20 year old van so that their work supporting people experiencing homelessness in Manchester can continue uninterrupted.

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Churchyard spruced up again!!

Churchyard spruced up again!!

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. 

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Photos for our publications

Photos for our publications - can you help? We are looking for colour photos of current events taken at and around St Luke's to include in our website or magazine to supplement the text. They don't have to be of professional standard or specially posed. Smartphone or...

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Genesis – summer 2022

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...

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Praying together in the weeks of Trinity

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

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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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