Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Sunday 25th July: Trinity 8

The Bible readings are from the Book of Proverbs:

      • Proverbs 18:24, 17:17, 27:16, 29:5, 27:9, 27:17, 27:14, 26:18f

Lee Hardy, our ordinand in training, has recorded a video address,  based on today’s readings to help us prepare for worship.  

If you have missed any of our earlier videos, you can find them here.

9.00am:  service of Morning Prayer led by Lee Hardy in St Luke’s church.

To keep everyone safe, please wear a face covering and comply with the social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions posted on the notices whilst you are in the church.

The church will remain open for individual private prayer after the Sunday morning service today until around midday

10.30am: Sunday morning service by Zoom*, led  today by Tim Fryer on his Zoom account.*

Please join the Zoom session from 10.25am so that the service can start at 10.30am.

11.15am:  after service informal Zoom catch-up hosted today by Val and Tim Fryer on Tim’s Zoom account.*

Do come along for an informal chat in small groups with other members of  St Luke’s!

*Note: joining details for all our Zoom sessions have been circulated to those on our email list. 

Please contact comms@stlukesholmeschapel.uk with your phone number if you are local to St Luke’s and would like to join in any of our Zoom services.

Coming week at St Luke’s:

Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th July:

9am – Morning Prayer on Zoom on Tim Fryer’s account*

Wednesday 28th July:

10.30am – Morning Prayer in church led today by Yvonne Janvier.

To keep everyone safe please wear a face covering and comply with the usual social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions.

Thursday 29th July:

9.30am – Prayer meeting by Zoom on Tim Fryer’s account*

* Note:  joining details for our regular Zoom sessions have been circulated to those on our email list.  Please contact comms@stlukesholmeschapel.uk with your phone number if you are local to St Luke’s and would like to join in.

Bible Readings: July 26th - Aug 1st

Monday 26th July           Psalm 29;   Ezekiel 28:1-19;  James 2:1-13

Tuesday 27th July          Psalms 32,36;   Ezekiel 33:1-20;  James 2:14-end

Wednesday 28th July    Psalm 34;   Ezekiel 33:21-end;  James 3

Thursday 29th July        Psalm 37;  Ezekiel 34:1-16;  James 4:1-12

Friday 30th July              Psalm 31;  Ezekiel 34:17-end;  James 4:13-5:6

Saturday 31st July         Psalms 41,42,43;  Ezekiel 36:16-36;  James 5:7-end

Sunday 1st August         John 8:48-59

June 2021 Letter

June 2021 Letter

It is so hard to make plans at present. We have a Government road map but it’s liable to alteration. We have hopes to get back to normal but similar hopes have been dashed previously. For those of us in leadership, those of us in business, those of us wanting to invest in projects and people and future prospects, it’s so hard to make decisions. The risks are high, the outcomes unclear. What can we do?

Having had more than a year in post as vicar of Holmes Chapel, I’m naturally feeling ready to encourage new initiative and direction. Now should be the time to make new plans ……………….

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Celebrating lives together in a post-pandemic world

Celebrating lives together in a post-pandemic world

We’re finally on the verge of being able to move forward with our new normal, but we will never forget the moments with loved ones that were lost, or the opportunity to say a proper goodbye.

This element of the pandemic weighed on me the most during lockdown, which is why I’m pleased to be able to offer you the chance to properly commemorate the life of your loved one alongside your friends and family.

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Good news – our new Bishops

Good news – our new Bishops

It was announced from 10 Downing Street on 27th May that HM The Queen has confirmed the nomination of The Venerable Julie Conalty (currently Archdeacon of Tonbridge) to be the next Bishop of Birkenhead, and the Revd Canon Sam Corley (currently Rector of Leeds Minster) to be the next Bishop of Stockport, of Birkenhead.

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Easter Flowers

Easter Flowers at St Luke's     A special thank you to Anne Lane and her team of  flower arrangers who made sure that the church looked so colourful for Eastertide.  

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Restricted services in church resumed at St Luke’s

We are very pleased to announce that limited services of communal worship have restarted at St Luke’s Holmes Chapel. There is now a restricted service of Holy Communion at 9.00am on Sundays and at 10.30am on Wednesdays, subject to the usual COVID-19 conditions of social distancing, wearing face covering etc.

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Praying together at Ascension & Pentecost

O God, make speed to save us;

O Lord, make haste to help us.

Send your Holy Spirit upon us,

And clothe your people with power from on high. Alleluia.

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Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless his holy name.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all his benefits;

Who forgives all your sins And heals all your infirmities;

Who redeems your life from the Pit and crowns you with faithful love and compassion;

Who satisfies you with good things, So that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.

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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.

Remembrance in Holmes Chapel 2020

Due to the current coronavirus restrictions, sadly the usual Remembrance Sunday Parade through the village couldn't take place.  However, there was a socially distanced, wreath laying ceremony at the cenotaph in St Luke's churchyard, for a small number of invited...

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Genesis Update – 2nd May 2020

Genesis Update – 2nd May 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. We thought you would like to know what is going on using Zoom to keep our CHurch fellowship together and also to have some links to prayers and resources you can use in your families.

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