Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Good News – the new 41st Bishop of Chester is announced!!

The new Bishop of Chester is to be the Rt Revd Mark Tanner, currently the Suffragan Bishop of Berwick in Northumberland, succeeding the Rt Revd Dr Peter Foster who retired in September 2019.

Bishop Mark has been Bishop of Berwick since 2016 and is expected to take up his post in the autumn, practicalities permitting. You can hear some of his first reactions with those of his wife, Lindsay, to his new appointment in this short video and also in his  video conversation with Bishop Christine, the Bishop of Newcastle .

May 24th: the 7th Sunday of Easter

Today’s Bible readings are:

  • Acts 1: v6-14
  • John 17: v1-11

At 10am we will hold our regular virtual Sunday service of Morning Prayer using an internet Zoom meeting followed by a chance for an informal chat over a cup of coffee/tea at 10.45am also by Zoom.

To help us worship together in our homes today, the seventh Sunday of the Easter season, Rob has recorded another short video address based on today’s Gospel reading.  You may find it helpful to watch the video before joining the Morning Prayer service.

The joining details for the Zoom meetings  have been sent to all our parishioners with email addresses.  We’re sorry we can’t open these Zoom meetings up to everyone but if you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join in, please let us know by email 

This week

  • The Bible readings for Monday 18th May – Sunday 24th May are set out below.
  • On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 9am we will hold our regular shortened Morning Prayer service through Zoom.
  • On Thursday at 9.30am why not join us for half an hour in our Special Prayer service, again through Zoom.

There is a new Prayersheet for Ascension and Pentecost prepared to help in our personal worship which can be viewed below.  You may find it useful to download a copy here for printing.

Rob has recorded another Quiz set of well known Ascension and Pentecost season hymns below for you to guess the first lines. 

Note: the Zoom joining details are the same as for the Sunday service – again let us know if you do not have them and would like to join in.

Bible Readings: 25th May - 31st May

Monday 25th: Psalm 93, Numbers 22.1-35, Luke 7.36-end
Tuesday 26th: Psalm 99, Numbers 22.36-23.12, Luke 8.1-15
Wednesday 27th: Psalm 29, Numbers 23.13-end, Luke 8.16-25
Thursday 28th: Psalm 24, Numbers 24, Luke 8.26-39
Friday 29th: Psalm 28, Numbers 27.12-end, Luke 8:40-end
Sunday 31st, Pentecost: Acts 2.1-21, John 20.19-23

Ascension & Pentecost Hymn Quiz

Following the popularity of the Easter Season Hymn Quiz, why not spend a few moments seeing if you can identify the first lines of the well-known Ascension and Pentecost season hymns in the video opposite?

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Praying Together – when sickness is near

you can view or download this whole 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.

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.

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.

The virus and Easter

A poem by By Kristi Bothur

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began, Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

 People were sick, hospitals full, Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring, The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen, They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed, “There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out, No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

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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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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: 4th April 2020

Genesis update: 4th April 2020

As you know, because of the public health restrictions, Church services and Genesis are now suspended and the church and hall buildings are now closed until further notice.  Further updates about the restrictions and how the Church plans to adapt during the virus pandemic can be accessed via the church website.

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