On Sunday 30th October, All Saint’s Day, we shared a Service of the Word liturgy of “Thanksgiving for Moot” – looking back at where we’ve come from as well as ahead to the future. Tim Dendy (Moot veteran and churchwarden) shared his look back at Moot and how we’ve arrived where we are now. We hope you enjoy listening to an abbreviated version of the Moot story!
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Yesterday Moot took part in the annual Open House London event, opening up St Mary Aldermary for the whole Saturday as well as the Host Cafe. Based on the huge number of historical fliers we handed out and the great success of the cafe, we estimate around 500 people came through the church building – a great success!
Here are a couple of photos from the day.
At our Candlemas Service in 2016, Richard Trouncer explores Simeon in his homily given on Candlemas. The readings on the day were Luke 2.22-40, Hebrews 2.14-end and Malachi 3.1-5.
In addition to the podcast please find a link to the text here in case you’d like to read it.
The service was on 31st January 2016.
At the Sunday Evening Moot Eucharist Service for the 4th Sunday of the Season of Trinity, Gareth Powell explores the theme of the lectionary gospel, Mark 5.21-43. This was the last service that Ian Mobsby as the Priest Missioner and Priest in Charge of the Moot Community of the Guid Church of St Mary Aldermary presided at after 13 years of his ministry with the Moot Community. This Eucharist Service celebrated the birthing and life of Moot and specifically the ministry of Ian Mobsby.
Gareth Powell is a former Mooter and now Ordained Priest Missioner in the Church of England who is in the process of founding a sister new monastic community in Streatham South London called the Community of St Margaret the Queen in the Diocese of Southwark. Ian Mobsby leaves to plant a new monastic community in Peckham, as well as becoming the Priest in Charge of St Lukes Church Peckham, and Parish Mission Enabler for the Episcopal area of Woolwich in the Diocese of Southwark. For more information on Ian’s ministry please see www.ianmobsby.net
This podcast was recorded on Sunday 28th June 2015.
At the Moot Sunday Evening Service celebrating Pentecost Sunday 2015 at the home of the Moot Community at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in the CIty of London, Vanessa Elston explores the implication of the coming of the Spirit to empower Christians and the Church to life, and life in all its fullness.
This year, the Moot Community at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary will be gathering for a number of events and services to mark the significance of the season of Holy Week. This is the week that the Christian Church explores the narrative of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem that lead to the trials Crucifixion of Jesus, leading to the shock of the Resurrection of Easter Sunday. So below, please find a list of our events and details.
Sunday 29th March – Palm Sunday – Evening Service 6pm
This service explores the significance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, where the traditional palm crosses are given out.
Monday 30th March – Holy Monday – Morning Prayer 9.30am & Choral Evening Prayer 6pm
The day begins with Morning Prayer at the High Altar at 9.30am
The Evening Choral Evening Prayer will mix ancient words with ancient music reflecting the season of Holy Week. This will be a beautiful event.
Tuesday 31st March – Holy Tuesday
Morning Prayer 9.30am, Afternoon Prayer 2.15pm, Evening Prayer 5.30pm Three opportunities to prayerfully reflect on the significance of the season.
Wednesday 1st April – Holy Wednesday
Taize Chants 8.15am, Morning Prayer 9.30am, Stations of the Cross – starts midday in Paternoster Square, 12.45 Bow Bells Church, 1.30pm Royal Exchange, 2.15pm Guild Hall Yard, 2.45pm Barbican behind Guildhall.
Evening Prayer 5.30pm, Meditation 6.30pm.
Maundy Thursday 2nd April
Morning Prayer 9.30am, Eucharist 1.05pm, Afternoon Prayer 2pm.
Foot Washing Service 6.30pm – this is where we remember Jesus’ washing his disciples feet, and the narrative that leads to the arrest of Jesus.
Prayer Vigil 8pm, where we prayerfully remember Jesus who is in distress and praying before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Good Friday 3rd April
Tenebrae Service 7pm, where we reflect on the paradox and shock of the death of Jesus Christ as the son of God.
Easter Sunday 5th April
Service celebrating the miracle of the resurrection at 11am, followed by a picnic outside dependent on the weather, or inside of the church if the weather is bad.
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.
So once again we find ourselves entering the season of Christmas, and the feast of the Christ Mass, when we remember the miracle and hope for the world, about God coming as a helpless child, as a sign of God’s ultimate love for all human beings, indeed the whole of life.
So on behalf of all our supporters, participants and customers, can I say I hope you have a merry, peaceful and spiritual Christmas. The Church of St Mary Aldermary will be open for reflection on Monday 22nd Jan and until midday on Tuesday 23rd Jan.
The Host Cafe is now closed reopening 5th January 2015, our first Sunday Service will be on 4th January 2015.
So may I finish with a poem by one of my hero’s – R.S. Thomas
It’s a long way off but inside it
There are quite different things going on:
Festivals at which the poor man
Is king and the consumptive is
Healed; mirrors in which the blind look
At themselves and love looks at them
Back; and industry is for mending
The bent bones and the minds fractured
By life. It’s a long way off, but to get
There takes no time and admission
Is free, if you will purge yourself
Of desire, and present yourself with
Your need only and the simple offering
Of your faith, green as a leaf.
In this fourth of four podcasts Dave Tomlinson explores the theme ‘The Laboratory of the Spirit.’ Where and what is the spiritual quest today, and how do we engage with it? Why are many non-churchgoers more spiritually intelligent than some churchgoers? How can the church become a more effective laboratory of the Spirit? This podcast was recorded in the Moot Advent Sessions at Moot’s home, the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in Central London, UK. For more info on Moot see www.moot.uk.net.
The session began with exploring the place of Spiritual Intelligence, and drawing on his newly published book, A Bad Christian Manifesto, the session drew on Chapter 4. Dave explored the theme that spiritual intelligence is not the same as being deeply rooted in a religious tradition. The two are not synonymous. In fact all too often being religious in Christianity can come across as lacking in any spiritual intelligence.
Dave defined spiritual intelligence in terms of attributes:
– Self-awareness: a grasp of what makes us tick, in terms of values and motivations.
– Constancy: consistency in following our deepest convictions and values – even when it means standing against the crowd.
– Spontaneity: staying alive in the moment and responding to what each moment presents.
– Empathy: identifying with others and sharing in their feelings.
– Humility: a measured sense of our own place in the wider scheme of things.
– Curiosity: the motivation to explore – especially the ‘why?’ questions.
– Flexibility: standing back from a situation or problem to see the bigger picture, and make necessary readjustments.
– Resilience: remaining positive in the face of adversity; learning and growing from mistakes and setbacks.
– Groundedness: a sense of bearing and purpose.
– Receptivity: staying open and welcoming toward diversity and difference.
Dave’s books ‘Bad Christian’ and ‘Bad Christian Manifesto’ are on sale through the Moot bookstall, click here.