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Lent & Easter at Moot

There will be a number of particular services over the Lent and Easter period, which we hope you’ll join us for. You should be able to see them on our events calendar, but here’s a list of a few highlights:

Ash Wednesday March 1st 6.30pm – Ash Wednesday Service (Ashing and Eucharist)

Sunday March 5th 4.30pm (and every Sunday through 9th April) – Lent Book Discussion Group

Maundy Thursday 13th April 6.30pm – Footwashing Service and Vigil

Good Friday 14th April 6.30pm – Tenebrae Service

Easter Sunday 16th April 6pm – Easter Eucharist and Social


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The Resurrected Jesus and the Emmaus Road metaphor for the Church



In this podcast recorded on Easter Sunday 2014 at a Moot Community Eucharist at St Mary Aldermary Church in the City of London, Ian Mobsby explores the implications of the Resurrected Jesus and the Emmaus Road metaphor for the Church.

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The Shock and Hope of the Resurrection

At the Moot Eucharist on Easter Sunday, Ian Mobsby explores the importance of the two resurrection stoties in the Gospel of Luke.  These are important stories, one beginning with the womens experience of the empty tomb and the mystery of Christ’s appearing on the road to Emmaus.  Both stories are vital as we explore and seek to be Christians inspired by the resurrection on the 21st century.

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Holy Week and Easter 2013

This year the Moot Community at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary are building on our Lenten activities as we move into Holy Week, when the church remembers the story of Jesus in the run up to the crucifixion and the life, death and resurrection story of God.  We will sustain our usual prayer pattern of Morning Prayer 9.45am to 10.10am Monday to Thursday, and Evening Prayer 5.30pm to 6pm  Monday to Wednesday inclusive.

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Sunday 24th March – Palm Sunday Taize Service, 6.30pm 

In this service we will reflect through sung chant on the triumphal entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.

25th March – Monday of Holy Week

1.05pm, We will celebrate a Book of Common Prayer Eucharist, reflecting the lectionary readings of Monday of Holy Week.

27th March – Wednesday of Holy Week, Meditation Group 6.30pm

This is an opportunity to be silent for 20 minutes to reflect on the significance of the times.

28th March – Maundy Thursday Services, 7.30pm 

Contemplative Eucharist 1.05pm
This creative interpretation of Holy Communion gives room for Lectio Divina, an ancient form of shared prayer and reflection of a sacred text.  This service deliberately aims to use contemporary language integrated with prayer and silence for those who have busy working lives in the City.  The service involves the symbolism of eating and drinking, reflecting our thirst and hunger for the spiritual path and for God. Holy Communion is an ancient service stretching right back to Jewish table rituals.

Maundy Thursday Eucharist and stripping of the altars, 7.30pm 
On Maundy Thursday the Church remembers how Jesus showed deep love and humility by washing his disciples’ feet. This service will reflect the emotion of that day, and will involve sharing a meal, washing each other’s feet, and remembering Christ’s betrayal for 50 silver pieces. This will be followed by a prayer vigil.

The Maundy Thursday Service is followed by a prayer vigil which is a symbolic expression of solidarity with Jesus as he awaits his arrest in the Garden Gethsemane, as the disciples lie asleep leaving him in isolation and great distress.

30th March – Holy Saturday Easter Vigil Service 6pm, St Pauls Cathedral

This year at least 2 mooters will be baptised or confirmed at the great celebration of the Easter Vigil.  This begins with candles and lights lighting the paschal candle.  Come early if you want a seat!

31st March – Easter Sunday 11am, St Mary Aldermary Church  

This will be our Moot at St Mary Aldermary Easter Service celebration marking the end of Holy Week and the beginning of Easter.  This will be followed by a picnic, details of which will be confirmed nearer the time.

The Church will then be closed until the morning of Tuesday 2nd April.

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The resurrection of Jesus through the experience of Mary Magdalene

In this podcast of the Easter Sunday Service 2012, Vanessa Elston explores the resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. She was one of the first witnesses, and through her experience we hear the shock of the realisation of what has happened.

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Easter Sunday: Resurrection

On Easter Sunday Christians celebrate the miracle of the resurrection of Jesus. It is an event that can never be understood with the rational mind, as it comes from the realm of experience and transrationalism. It is a matter of faith. Faith that Apostles would never all have gone to their deaths over a lie, faith that Christianity birthed as a jewish sect became a world faith, faith that many many people since the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ have experienced this story to be true, experience leading to understanding. As a paradox the resurrection will never be understood. Only through experience of God can this be perceived.  Christ is Risen, he is risen indeed!!  Hallelujah..

Easter. The grave clothes of winter
are still here, but the sepulchre
is empty. A messenger
from the tomb tells us
how a stone has been rolled
from the mind, and a tree lightens
the darkness with its blossom.
There are travellers upon the road
who have heard music blown
from a bare bough, and a child
tells us how the accident
of last year, a machine stranded
beside the way for lack
of petrol, is crowned with flowers.

R S Thomas

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Stations of the Cross and Resurrection

For the whole 50 days of Easter, the stations of the cross and resurrection are available for people to encounter and use as a form of spiritual devotion.  I have now been round a couple of times using the book that I and David Harris put together.  The first time I went around, I didn’t give it enough time, so it had very little effect on me.  But the second time, when I had time to slow down, look at the details of the paintings and to take some silence at each station, I was profoundly moved.

The difficulty of Holy Week and Easter in its annual cycle, is that it becomes familiar, and that we can remain at the surface of ourselves and the meaning of these seasons, so that then we receive very little from it.  However this years focus on personal transformation, has helped me not to sit back, but to emotionally open up and make myself vulnerable and open to spiritual experience through the art.  I have therefore really benefited from an intimate encounter with God through the services, the vigil and now through the stations of the cross.  For the season of Easter, I am intending to return at least once a week to the stations as an aid to my spiritual life.

Try it, it may help you.  The stations remain in St the Church of St Mary Aldermary for sometime until the end of the season of Easter.  We will be recording an interview with Adam Boulter the artist shortly.

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Easter Sunday: Resurrection, Christ and Hope

At the Moot Community Easter Sunday Service, Aaron Kennedy explores the shock, beauty and paradox of the resurrection, and what it means for Christians in 21st Century at different stages in the spiritual journey of faith. This is followed by the Easter Peace and a hymn. Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

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Christos Anesti – Christ is Risen !

So today the Christian Church Universal celebrates the shock that Jesus CHrist rose from the dead. This was not anticipated or expected. It shockingly brought to focus that might and violence would not have the final word, but instead, the love of God will overpower all things that distorts. Christ is Risen! If you are around, we have a service today at St Mary Aldermary where we will also put out the last station of the cross, The Resurrection.

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Podcast: Fear, Hope and Shalom

In this weeks podcast, Ian Mobsby explores the theme of Christ’s Resurrection in John 20:19-31 alongside the calling for hope and risk-taking to replace fear. Shalom, the Jewish theologial understanding of God’s outworking of love in and to the world, becomes the Kingdom of God, and the disciples are challenged to live out this love in the Kingdom, through the peace of God’s Shalom in openness to the world. This is our challenge as emerging and fresh expressions of church, to catch up with what God is already doing. To listen to the podcast click the link below.

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