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 is on 19 July. However, there will not be a service in St Paul’s Cathedral, because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have prepared some resources so we can mark ALMA Sunday creatively and prayerfully together, albeit at a distance.
Instead of the usual ALMA Sunday service from St Paul’s cathedral, there is a podcast of Evensong, in celebration of the Diocesan link with the Anglican Church in Angola and Mozambique. The sermon is given by the Right Reverend Rob Wickham, Bishop for ALMA, payers are read by Reverend Sheenagh Burrell, ALMA Co‑ordinator, and a lesson read by Nikkita Robert. It can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/st-pauls-cathedral-london/evensong-in-celebration-of-the-diocesan-link-with-the-anglican-church-in-angola-and-mozambique
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.