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Sunday November 29th: Advent Sunday
The Bible readings today are:
- Mark 13:24ff
- 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren, has recorded a short video address for the start of the Advent season, centred on our Lord’s teaching about the second coming in today’s reading from St Mark’s Gospel.
There is no communal worship in St Luke’s church today during the additional national restrictions now in force to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, the church will be open today for individual private prayer from around 9am to midday.
Please observe all hand-sanitising, face-covering and social distancing requirements whilst inside the church for any purpose.
10.30am: our vicar Rob will lead our regular service of Morning Prayer via Zoom.
Please login at 10.25am on Rob’s Zoom ID 856 031 5150; password 902272.
11.15am: Zoom catch up for an informal chat in small groups with other Church members; hosted today again by Rob’s wife, Jean McLaren.
The joining details for this Zoom session have been sent to all our parishioners with email addresses. If you are local to Holmes Chapel and would like to join in, please let us know by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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We write because the latest announcements of the authorities mean there will be no services in church for the next four weeks (and maybe more!). This is disappointing news as our regular 9am Sunday and 10.30 Wednesday small services had been going well. People were positive. Numbers were averaging 30 on Sundays and 20 on Wednesdays. We have made the most of our window of opportunity since the end of July, and thank you for your responsible participation. We will write again when we are able to re-open church services in church.
The coming week
From Wednesday 2nd Dec we can resume limited communal worship in St Luke’s church, under the new Tier 2: (High Risk) Government designation for Cheshire East.
WEDNESDAY – 10.30 am our vicar Rob will preside at a restricted service of Holy Communion
To keep everyone safe, you must wear a face covering whilst in church and complete the Track and Trace sheet. Please also observe the hand-sanitising, social distancing and other requirements on the notices whilst inside the church for any purpose.
The Bible readings for Monday 30th Nov. – Sunday 6th December are posted alongside
Our weekday worship services through Zoom continue:
9am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Zoom short Morning Prayer service – led by our vicar Rob on his Zoom ID 856 031 5150; password 902272.
9.30am Thursday: Zoom Intercessions – led by our vicar Rob on his Zoom ID.
- Our Prayersheet to help in our personal worship can be viewed below – we are using it in our Morning Prayer services. You can also download a copy here suitable for printing.
- Printed copies of the December Parish Magazine are now available from the Print Room in Church Walk at still only 50p a copy!!
- e-Magazine: the October edition is still available here
Bible Readings: 30th November - 6th December
Mon. 30th Nov. Psalms 3, 4; Isaiah 42:18-25; Revelation 19:1-21
Tues.1st Dec. Psalms 5, 6; Isaiah 43:1-13; Revelation 20:1-15
Wed. 2nd Dec. Psalm 7; Isaiah 43:14-28; Revelation 21:1-8
Thurs.3rd Dec. Psalms 15,16; Isaiah 44:1-8; Revelation 21:9-21
Fri. 4th Dec. Psalms 17,19; Isaiah 44:9-23; Revelation 21:22-22:5
Sat. 5th Dec. Psalm 20; Isaiah 44:24-45:13; Revelation 22:6-21
Sun. 6th Dec. Mark 1:1-8; 2 Peter 3:8-15
Praying Together @St Luke's, Holmes Chapel in the weeks of Trinity - to help you in your personal worship see a printable version of this prayer sheet here 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...
Praying Together – when sickness is near
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.
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
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.
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Dear friends. Without face to face contact and larger services, I am not having the same sort of conversations I remember before lockdown. It’s frustrating. You may be experiencing something similar. Communication is not the same. More than that, the limitations seem to hamper our progress in friendship and as a church fellowship.
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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,
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.