Lent at St Michael & All Angels

Lent: February 26 – April 8 2020

What is Lent? Click here for a liturgical guide by Cathie James, Master of Ceremonies
Lent services in 2020

Read a Letter from the Vicar for Palm Sunday and Holy Week 2020

“You never miss the water till the well runs dry”. Read more.

COVID-19: PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM MOTHERING SUNDAY ONWARDS WE SUSPENDED OUR PUBLIC SERVICES AND EVENTS – INCLUDING MOST OF THOSE BELOW – FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. BUT SOME OF OUR SERVICES ARE BEING SHARED ONLINE HERE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
This Lent our focus has been on ‘contemplation in action’ as we reflect on the meaning of the Christian faith for our lives as individuals and as a church community. This Lent we are encouraged to give up time for God, to make room for quiet contemplation and prayer.

At St Michael & All Angels, before the COVID-19 crisis, we marked Lent in services and other activities (scroll down for more details):
– Lent sermons: The Sunday morning sermon series focussed on the practical theology of the Gospels for contemporary Christian life. During the week, there were opportunities for communal silent prayer before the Sacrament.
– ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner…’ : At Evensong, at 6.30pm on Sundays, members of the congregation reflected on individuals who have inspired them (details below). Click here to read the talk by Torin Douglas MBE The last two talks have been suspended because of COVID-19.
– Lent lunches: Lunch in homes and the Parish Hall to raise money for our Lent Charities Appeal (details below).
Study groups and Study bookThe Lent Factor by Graham James, former Bishop of Norwich (details below).
– Lent trips to the British Museum (details below)

Lent Lunches, in aid of our Lent Charities Appeal

After two years supporting Christian Aid’s Community Partnership – Growing Economic Opportunities for Young People in Ghana (GEOP), this year’s Lent Charities Appeal is in aid of our three 2020 charities: The Upper Room, WaterHarvest and West London Welcome.
You can read more and donate online here.

Members of the congregation met for lunch on three of the Sundays during Lent in the homes of parishioners and the Parish Hall.
Donations were invited for our Lent Appeal.

Sunday March 1st at 12 noon – Michael Room, upstairs in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, hosted by The Choristers
Sunday March 8th at 12.30 – the home of Mary and Andrew Pears. See details in church.
Sunday March 15th at 12 noon – Michael Room, upstairs in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall, hosted by Crystal Ahamefula.

Lent Sermons, Study groups & ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’ speakers

  • The Sunday morning sermons in the 10am services focussed on the practical theology of the Gospels for contemporary Christian life.
  • After the service, at 11.30am, there were study groups – leaders and topics below.
  • During Evensong, at 6.30pm on Sundays, members of the congregation at St Michael & All Angels Church, Bedford Park, reflected on issues of faith.
    On the theme ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner…’, they can each invite three guests who have influenced or inspired them.
    Why did they choose them, would they get on and what would they like to ask them?
    Read Torin Douglas’s talk on The Chiswick Calendar website.

Wednesday 26 February 2020: Ash Wednesday

12.30pm Mass and Imposition of Ashes
5pm Children’s Service and Ashing
8pm Solemn Mass and Imposition of Ashes

Sunday 1 March 2020: Lent 1

10am Parish Mass, with singing led by The Choristers.
Preacher: Fr Andrew Coates, curate, St Michael’s Wood Green
11.30am Study topic: The Gospel and the world
6.30pm Evensong: Click here to read the talk by Torin Douglas MBE

Sunday 8 March 2020: Lent 2

10am  Parish Mass. Preacher: Fr Nick Quanrun, curate, St John the Divine, Westminster
11.30am Study topic: The Gospel and the Good Life
6.30pm Evensong: Cathy Millin

Sunday 15 March 2020: Lent 3

10am Parish Mass. Preacher: Prof Graham Holderness, Commissioned Lay Minister
11.30am Study topic: The Gospel and the Fatherhood of God – Fr Thomas Couper
6.30pm Evensong: Dr Cathie James

Services after this have been suspended because of COVID-19.

Sunday 22 March 2020:
Mothering Sunday, Lent 4

10am Mass – streamed for worship at home, plus podcast

Sunday 29 March 2020: Passion Sunday

10am Mass – streamed for worship at home, plus podcast

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Holy Week

Sunday 5 April 2020: Palm Sunday

10am Mass – streamed for worship at home, followed by Italian Mass from St Peter’s, plus podcast

Monday 6 April 2020: Holy Monday

12 noon Mass & Address, streamed for worship at home

Tuesday 7 April 2020: Holy Tuesday

12 noon Mass & Address, streamed for worship at home

Wednesday 8 April 2020: Holy Wednesday

12 noon Mass & Address, streamed for worship at home

From Thursday 9 April 2020: Maundy Thursday
– See Easter at St Michael’s

 

Prayer and Worship

Stations of the Cross

Fridays at 6.30pm from March 6th. Walking the way of the Cross in church, as we reflect on 14 stations or moments in the life of Jesus before he died. Read more in a liturgical guide to Lent by Cathie James, Master of Ceremonies.

Study book: The Lent Factor, by Bishop Graham James

Forty Companions for the Forty Days of Lent Click for more details and to buy from the publishers, Bloomsbury. Or buy a copy for £10 at the back of church after morning service, or from the Parish Office.

Graham James was Bishop of Norwich until 2019 and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day.

Human character is best described by telling stories about people. The Lent Factor describes forty very different people – one for each day of Lent – who have a special quality about them, and uses their stories to reflect on how faith and character are connected. A theme from each brief story is illuminated by reflection on a scene, passage or word from the Bible. The appropriateness of the use of a cross to mark out the ‘X’ factor within human beings becomes the more pertinent as the journey through Lent approaches Holy Week and Easter.

The cast list includes Edith Cavell, Philip Toynbee (father of Polly), U.A. Fanthorpe, Dorothy Sayers, Charles Wesley, Rabbi Hugo Gryn, Julian of Norwich, Kathleen Ferrier, Eva Peron and many others from different backgrounds and diverse periods of history, some famous and some entirely unknown.

Study group at St Peter’s Acton Green: Lent Film Reflection

Understanding contemplative prayer through stories on film: March 4th, 11th, 18th.

Trips to British Museum – March 4th and 5th

We visited the British Museum and took a guided tour of the Babylonian and Assyrian rooms which provide a background to the Old Testament.
See photographs of the visit.