Parish Church of St Luke Holmes Chapel

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Easter: 5th Sunday 2nd May

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

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

Today’s Bible reading is:

  • Acts 8; v26-end

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 3rd – no service today

Tuesday 4th andWednesday 5th May:

9am – Morning Prayer on Zoom*

Wednesday 5th:

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

Sunday 9th May:     

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

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

11.00am – Annual Meeting of Parishioners by Zoom** to elect Churchwardens [see Notices]

11.10am (approx) – Annual Parochial Church Meeting by Zoom** [see Notices]

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.

Zoom Notes: * joining details for our regular 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.

** to join in Morning Worship and the Annual Church Meetings on Sunday morning 9th May only, please use Zoom ID 856 031 5150 and Passcode  apcm21

Bible Readings: May 3rd - May 9th

Monday 3rd May                     Psalm 71;   Deuteronomy 16:1-20;  1 Peter 1:1-12

Tuesday 4th May                     Psalm 73;   Deuteronomy 17:8-end;  1 Peter 1:13-end

Wednesday 5th May                Psalm 77;   Deuteronomy 18:9-end;  1 Peter 2:1-10

Thursday 6th May                    Psalms 78:1-39;  Deuteronomy 19;  1 Peter 2:11-end

Friday 7th May                         Psalm 138;  Deuteronomy 21:22-22:8;  1 Peter 3:1-12

Saturday 8th May                    Psalms 76,79;  Deuteronomy 24:5-end;  1 Peter 3:13-end

Sunday 9th May                       Acts 10:44-end

February 2021 Letter

February 2021 Letter

Dear friends I have been reading the excellent newly-published History of St Luke’s*, and one paragraph in particular has made me ponder. It is a reference to the year 1349 when the Black Death arrived in Cheshire. Normally I might have seen it as a rather incidental...

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St Luke’s Holmes Chapel

Church and Zoom services – Easter into April

Praying Together

Praying Together at Ascension & Pentecost @St Luke’s, Holmes Chapel – to help you in your personal worship.

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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.

Well-being and the COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis means life has changed for all of us. It may cause us to feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, lonely, or frustrated.

If you’re finding things hard emotionally right now, you’re not alone.

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