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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

 

POSTED 27.02.17 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Lent & Easter at Moot

‘I the unkind, the ungrateful’ : Love Bade me Welcome – Part 3 by Vanessa Elston

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In this podcast Vanessa Elston explores the theme of gratitude, as the third of five reflections on George Herbert’s poem ‘Love (III)’.  This was recorded at the Lent Course of the Moot Community at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in the CIty of London, 2015.

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‘ A Guest Worthy to be here’: Love Bade me Welcome – Part 2 by Vanessa Elston

In this podcast Vanessa Elston explores the theme of shame,  as the second of five reflections on George Herbert’s poem ‘Love (III)’.  This was recorded at the Lent Course of the Moot Community at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in the CIty of London.

POSTED 08.03.15 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on ‘ A Guest Worthy to be here’: Love Bade me Welcome – Part 2 by Vanessa Elston

Pilgrim Course: From Vision to Practice

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In the last two weeks some of us have begun to explore the ‘Pilgrim Course’ of the Church of England looking to support people to explore the Christian Journey.  In Moot and also in Bank City Churches we are using the element exploring The Lord’s Prayer over the 6 weeks of Lent and its material in the first two weeks has been good.

In the last session we explored the theme of ‘Your Kingdom Come, Your Will be Done, on Earth as in Heaven.’

The content again has been good, but I have again been struck by the difference between vision and practice.  This section focuses on Justice and I quote:

The Christian life is lived in a rhythm of worship and service.  That service includes a love of justice and equity, and a commitment to work for these to be manifest throughout life globally.  We cannot divorce faith from politics, or the local from the international.  Justice must be applied universally, to everyone and by everyone.  (p.25)   

When we pray for God’s kingdom to come, we are asking for our world, our communities and our loves to be marked by the justice that God loves so much.  As Christians we long for God’s kingdom to come but also do everything that we can to ensure that we live justly now. (p.27)

As an Anglican Christian, I am struggling a little with this vision and actual practice.  Does the Church of England really live this way of being Christian?  We have an appalling legacy of colluding with slavery, misogyny and homophobia to name but a few.  We have dressed up this injustice as theology and tradition, and I am really slightly shocked that the Pilgrim Course has been so focused on Justice.  Of course I totally agree with this, but is it really at the heart of being an Anglican Christian?

I still hear terrible things being said about Women and the Episcopate (and I can’t wait for their to be Women Bishops to redress the Old Boys Network) let alone the 26 years the Church has been listening to LGBT people and still is deeply divided on this issue with mild to extreme forms of homophobia.  We in Moot have been accused by more fundamentalist Anglican Churches as being ‘unsound’ or heterodox or even of not being a ‘gospel believing church’ precisely because we affirm this vision of universal justice at the heart of God’s nature and God’s Kingdom.

So I suppose the challenge is ours, to hold onto the vision of God’s justice and God’s Kingdom when some of the Church really does not live this way and actively resists and represses people.  So I applaud the Pilgrim Course and I long for the day when we don’t exclude various social groupings in the name of biblical truth and Church tradition…

The Pilgrim Course continues, Wednesday lunchtimes in Moot at 1-2pm, and 6.15-7.30pm St Mary Le Bow.

 

POSTED 23.03.14 BY: ianmobsby | Comments Off on Pilgrim Course: From Vision to Practice

Ash Weds Service 5.30pm 5th March Moot St Mary Aldermary

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So we begin Lent with the ancient Ashing Service, which marks the first day of Lent, 46 days before Easter. As a season for reflection and for fasting of some description inspired by the life of Jesus who went into the desert to mediate and prayer away from the distractions of life.

The Ashing Service derives its name from the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of adherents as a celebration and reminder of our human fragility and mortality. The ashes used are typically gathered from the burning of the palms from the previous year’s Palm Sunday. So if you have this come earlier (5.20pm) to burn these crosses to be used for the ashing.  Ashes were used in ancient times to express mourning. Dusting oneself with ashes was the penitent’s way of expressing sorrow for sins and faults. An ancient example of one expressing one’s penitence is found in the Book of Job. Job says to God: “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. The other eye wandereth of its own accord. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. The prophet Jeremiah, for example, calls for repentance this way: “O daughter of my people, gird on sackcloth, roll in the ashes. The prophet Daniel recounted pleading to God this way: “I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes.

So if you are around on Wednesday at 5.30pm, do come and join us.