Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Sunday 20th June – Trinity 3

Today’s Bible reading is:

    • John 10: 1-10  

    “I am the gate for the sheep”

As part of a short series of teaching addresses about our Lord’s “I am” statements, our Vicar, Canon Rob McLaren, has recorded the video below based on today’s Gospel reading to help us prepare for worship.

 

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

9.00am:  restricted service of Holy Communion (consecrated bread only received) led by Canon Rob in St Luke’s church.

Please note: you must still wear a face covering and comply with the social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions posted on the notices whilst in the church for any purpose.

The church will remain open for individual private prayer after the Sunday morning service and also after the Wednesday 10.30am service until around midday.

10.30am : Sunday morning service by Zoom*, led again by our vicar Canon Rob 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 Zoom* informal catch-up, organised again for us by Jean McLaren on her Zoom account:*

A chance to chat informally in small groups with other Church members.

*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.

Coming week at St Luke’s:

Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd June:

9am – Morning Prayer on Zoom*

Wednesday 23rd June:

10.30am – restricted service of Holy Communion (consecrated bread only received) led by Canon Rob in St Luke’s church.

Please note: you must wear a face covering and comply with the social-distancing and other COVID-19 precautions posted on the notices whilst in the church for any purpose.

St Luke’s remains open for individual private prayer after our Sunday 9am service and also after the Wednesday 10.30am service until around midday.

Thursday 24th June:

9.30am – Prayer meeting by Zoom*

* 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: June 21st - 27th

Monday 21st June:     Psalm 71; Job 27; Romans 11:25-end

Tuesday 22nd June:  Psalm 73; Job 28; Romans 12:1-8

Wed. 23rd June:         Psalm 77; Job 29; Romans 12:9-end

Thursday 24th June: Psalm 50; Job 30; Romans 13:1-7

Friday 25th June:       Psalm 55; Job 31; Romans 13:8-end

Saturday 26th June: Psalms 76,79; Job 32; Romans 14:1-12

Sunday 27th June:    John 10:11-18

May 2021 Letter

May 2021 Letter

We do well to hear God’s Word in Ephesians 4:2 through the coming weeks. Coming out of a series of lockdowns will be disorienting. Many people are struggling with their general wellbeing. It’s exciting for many and good for all of us that society is becoming more social again, but we will need to be careful……… not so much about the continuing vigilance with the virus (although there is that), but more about showing care for others. We need to be full of caring.

Ephesians 4:2 says “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” This teaching was written to address the need for the Christians in Ephesus to treat one another very well in testing times, as it continues “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

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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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Genesis 21 – what is Easter about?

See this latest song/video setting out in simple terms the importance of the Easter message, and share it with your friends. Help them get a feel for the real meaning of Easter.

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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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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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