Church of England Diocese of London St. Aldhelm, Edmonton

Sunday 7 February 2021 - Second before Lent

7 Feb 2021, 9 a.m.

Mother Anna writes:
This year in Lent we will be reading the whole of the Gospel of Mark together and looking at Rowan Williams' introduction to the Gospel, Meeting God in Mark. Each week I will be posting out prayer booklets for the week ahead - in it you will find prayers and Scripture for each day, including a daily excerpt from the Gospel of Mark. If you use the booklet every day, then by Palm Sunday you will have reached the Garden of Gethsemane and in Holy Week, the most sombre and gruelling week in the church's year, we will read of Christ's Passion and the events leading up to his death and resurrection.

Mark's Gospel is the shortest of the four, and fits beautifully with a daily discipline of scripture in Lent. There is something very powerful and moving about reading an entire Gospel in this way, and I look forward to sharing the experience with you.

If you would like to join us in reading and praying together with Mark this Lent, and are not already on our mailing list, then please get in touch.

But first, today's service will be livestreamed at 10am on our facebook page.

Our readings today are Proverbs 8:1, 22-31 and John 1:1-14; today's Gospel is a reading we typically associate with Christmas, and in our sermon this week, Keith Jackson, leader of the Church on the Farm in Tottenham, gives us another chance to think about Christmas and asks us if we are really getting it right. You can watch the video here or on our facebook page.

Prayer for today: Almighty God, give us reverence for all creation and respect for every person, that we may mirror your likeness in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.