Each year, ALMA celebrates its partners on ALMA Sunday, usually the Sunday nearest 12 July. There is often a special service in St Paul’s Cathedral, and parishes are encouraged to hold ALMA Sunday celebrations.
We celebrated ALMA Sunday on 23 July with a service at St Paul’s Cathedral.
We were pleased that we had a partner Bishop with us after three years when our celebrations were impacted by the Covid pandemic. We welcomed Bishop Manuel Ernesto, Bishop of Nampula in Northern Mozambique, which covers the two provinces of Nampula and Cabo Delgado. He is both Eco Bishop and Peace builder.
Also present were Bishop Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London, and Bishop Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, Bishop of Willesden and the new chair of the ALMA Steering Group.
Father God we hold ALMA before you today, thanking you for the last twenty years and the deep fellowship and friendship that has grown between the Anglican churches of Angola, London and Mozambique. We ask your continued blessing on our partnership, praising you for the joys and sorrows shared, challenges faced, and the years ahead. May we continue to learn from each other and see your kingdom come in Angola, London and Mozambique.
We remember today the ALMA bishops, Bishop André Soares, Bishop Carlos Matsinhe, Bishop Vicente Msosa, Bishop Manuel Ernesto and Bishop Rob Wickham, all priests, lay ministers, catechists, community ministers especially the Mothers’ Union, Equipa da Vida and the Bernard Mizeki Guild.
We acknowledge the huge issues of climate change, poverty and hunger and pray that our partnership has a prophetic voice alongside serving hands and hearts. We ask this in the name of Jesus who sends his church to love and serve the world. Amen.