Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Easter: 3rd Sunday 18th April

Today we continue to celebrate the joy of our Lord’s resurrection!

Alleluia – Christ is risen!  He is risen indeed – Alleluia

We give thanks for the life and service of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh; we remember in our prayers Her Majesty The Queen and all the Royal Family and all those who mourn his loss and whose many lives he touched.

Today’s Bible reading is:

    • Luke 24: 13-35

Our vicar, Canon Rob McLaren, has recorded another short address 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) in St Luke’s church conducted by our vicar, Rob.

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 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 today by our vicar 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* catch-up, organised again today 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 secy@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 19th – Wednesday 21st April:

9am – Morning Prayer on Zoom*

Wednesday 21st:

10.30am – restricted service of Holy Communion (consecrated bread only received) in St Luke’s Church – conducted by our vicar, Rob

Sunday 25th:     

9am – restricted service of Holy Communion (consecrated bread only received) in St Luke’s Church – conducted by our vicar, Rob

 10.30am – Morning worship on Zoom* – conducted by our vicar, Rob

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

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

Bible Readings: April 19th -25th

Monday 19th: Psalms 27,30; Deuteronomy 5:1-22; Ephesians 1:1-14

Tuesday 20th: Psalms 32,36; Deuteronomy 5:22-end; Ephesians 1:15-end

Wednesday 21st: Psalm 34; Deuteronomy 6; Ephesians 2:1-10

Thursday 22nd: Psalms 37,136; Deuteronomy 7:1-11; Ephesians 2:11-end

Friday 23rd – St George: Psalms 5,146; Deuteronomy 7:12-end; Ephesians 3:1-13

Saturday 24th: Psalms 42,43; Deuteronomy 8; Ephesians 3:14-end

Sunday 25th: Acts 5:1-11

March 2021 Letter

March 2021 Letter

Lent started on Ash Wednesday 17th February. For Christians, observing Lent is very different in lockdown.

Before lockdown, Lent might be about choosing which of our many freedoms to choose to limit. During lockdown, our choices are much more limited anyway. Since our freedom is severely curtailed by our cooperation with the authorities in seeking to limit the spread of the virus, there is much less scope for choosing to give things up………..

So instead let’s focus on another much needed purpose for Lent. The seven weeks of Lent are most useful for establishing good self-disciplines.

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St Luke’s Magazine available in print again

St Luke's Church Magazine - print version Following the anticipated relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions,  we are pleased to announce that we expect to be able to deliver printed copies of the Church Magazine to our subscribers again starting with the April 2021 issue....

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2021 Church Electoral Roll Revision

The 2021 revision for additions and other changes to be made to the Church Electoral Roll will start on Sunday 14th March and finish on Sunday 18th April.

The revised Roll will then be published from 25th April, ready for the APCM, this year on Sunday 9th May.

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St Luke’s Holmes Chapel

Church and Zoom services – Easter into April

Praying Together – Lent and Passiontide

The Collect for Ash Wednesday:

Almighty and everlasting God,
You hate nothing that you have made
And forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts
That we, worthily lamenting our sins
And acknowledging our wretchedness,
May receive from you, the God of all mercy,
Perfect remission and forgiveness;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Praying Together

For HRH Prince Philip:

Eternal God, our heavenly Father, we bless your holy name for all that you have given us in and through the life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

We give you thanks for his long and full life, for his strength of character, and for his devotion and service to family, nation and Commonwealth.

We praise you for his generosity, the many contributions he made to our national life, and the encouragement he gave to so many, especially to the young.

Accept our thanks and praise, we pray, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Merciful God, be close to all who mourn,
especially at this time, to the Queen and all members of the Royal Family.
May they know the hope of your promises and the comfort of your love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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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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