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.
ALMA Sunday was on 10 July, with a service at 6 p.m. in St Paul’s Cathedral. The Bishop of Angola, Bishop André Soares, was present, and the service was presided over by Bishop Rob Wickham, the Bishop for ALMA in London.
Father God we hold ALMA before you today, thanking you for the last fifteen 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 Dinis Sengulane, Bishop Mark Van Koevering and Bishop Richard Chartres, 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.