Tag: Lent

“Who is my neighbour?” Exhibition & Launch Night Feb 28 6-8pm

The Moot Community would like to invite you to our Lent exhibition: “Refugee Stories – Who is my neighbour?”, especially our opening night event on Thursday 28th February.

‘Refugee Stories’ is a unique mixed media body of work created by Gillian Allard (winner of Sky Arts, Master of Photography 2 – 2017) in collaboration with her local refugee community in Suffolk. Accompanying the six pieces will be meditations written by the Moot Community reflecting on the art and the theme of Lent.

Please come and join us on the exhibition’s opening night Thursday 28th February 2019, 6-8pm, St Mary Aldermary Church, London, and meet Gillian and some of her collaborators on the work. Bar proceeds will be donated to Suffolk Refugee Support.

The exhibition will run from 28th February until 11th May – hours are opening times for the Host Cafe (the church is occasionally open on weekends, including for weekly Sunday evening services).

POSTED 14.02.19 BY: Paul Woodbury | No Comments

Holy Week at Moot

If you have been joining or would like to join us for the remainder of Lent here’s a list of services we’re holding up until Easter Day.

You can find more details by clicking on the links in the list below.

Thursday 22nd March | 6.30pm
Lent Course #4 – our final week, focusing on Centering Prayer

Wednesday 28th March | 8am
Morning Sung Taize

Thursday 29th March | 6.30pm
Maundy Thursday Agape & Footwashing followed by Silent Vigil

Friday 30th March | 8am
Morning Sung Taize

Friday 30th March | Noon
Commemoration of the Cross (at St Vedast-Alias-Foster Church)

Sunday 1st April | 6pm
Easter Sunday Eucharist


POSTED 21.03.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Holy Week at Moot

Lent Course 1 – The Examen

In the first meeting of our Lent course we heard about the retreat into the desert and the practice of self-examination through the prayer practice of the Examen. Listen here to our first session.

We concluded the evening by sharing in the Examen prayer – you can hear this prayer being led here.

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Welcome to the wilderness – Lent sermon

Share with us this sermon by our priest Paul Kennedy, bringing us into Lent together, exploring the wilderness we enter into in this Sunday evening sermon.

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Join us in the desert at Moot this Lent

For our Lent course at Moot this year we will explore prayer, stillness and the wisdom of the desert. We’ll meet Thursday evenings at 6pm (for tea/coffee) for a start-time of 6.30pm, following a pattern of: Talk – Discussion – Practice, focusing on a different particular prayer practice each week. We hope you will join us this season!

We will meet 4 Thursdays:

February 22nd
The Examen – praying with our emotions.

March 1st
The Lectio Divina – praying with the scriptures.

March 15th
Ignatian Meditation – praying with the imagination.

March 22nd
Centering Prayer – finding stillness in our daily lives

POSTED 11.02.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Join us in the desert at Moot this Lent

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


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.

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Pilgrim Course: From Vision to Practice


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.


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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.