This past Sunday was a special day as Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day the 11th November fell on the same day, it also marked the 100th anniversary since the signing of the armistice to end WWI. It was fantastic to be joined by so many in the community who came along to share in our prayers and thanks to the many fallen soldiers and veterans who gave up so much for us to have the lives we have today.
We would like to thank our rector Fr. Mark for leading the ceremony, of which we were also accompanied by Fr. Ian Montgomery who gave a powerful sermon.
Our special service was in association with the British Royal Legion and we were joined by various members of our embassies.
Outside after the service we laid our poppies in remembrance of the fallen soldiers to thank and pray for them and for the remaining families
Christmas Box project!
It's that time of year again and we need volunteers to make up boxes for some children for Christmas. We have several children who still require a box to be made, these children are mainly disabled and may require special gifts.
Please see Penny Marcés if you are interested; this is now urgent.
Once given the name and age of the child, their box must have an item(s) from each of the following categories:
Anglican Consultation and Provincial Synod,
On Wednesday last week, we held a meeting for all those interested in hearing about the consultation in Chile (at the beginning of October) and the Provincial Syndo (beginning of Nov).
Here is the summary of that report:
1. The Anglican Consultation about how to bring about growth in the Anglican Church was called MOVER. The initials mean:
M Multiplicación (Multiplication) – Church growth – the result of:
O Oración (Prayer) – vital for Church growth to occur
V Verdad (Truth) – we need to return to God´s word in the Bible
E Espíritu (Spirit) – instead of depending on structures we need the power of the Holy Spirit
R Renovación (Renewal) – each of us must begin with a personal renewal, involving repentance and worship
2. The Province has taken the decision to allow each Diocese to decide on whether or not to ordain women to the priesthood. Each Diocese will decide at their own Synod.
Our annual Lessons and Carol Service is coming up soon. The choir will sing some of the songs and we get to help out with the rest! As is the tradition, following the service we will head off into the rectory garden for mince pies and refreshments.
However, in order to enjoy these delicious snacks we need your help. The mince is made, but we need some volunteers to help put them in the pastry, this will be just before, on the day of the service. If you cannot help with that but can make some other biscuits, cookies, cakes, brownies, then please do so and bring them along to share with everyone.
The event is also on our Facebook page, please invite and share on your social media - CAROL SERVICE EVENT - CLICK HERE
A time of preparation for the coming of the Lord, has now begun. Taking this, and also the message from the consultation in Chile, into account, on Wednesday evenings, starting this Wednesday, there will be informal meetings with a time of worship and meditation.
6.00 – 7.00 prayer meeting for intercessory prayer
7.15 – 8.30 worship and meditation meeting
Please consider coming to either or both; the benefits will be both personal and for the Cathedral.
Thank you to those whose images we received from the Remembrance Sunday Service and the Bazaar. These images can be found on our Facebook page. Click the links to find them easily - Remembrance Sunday - Christmas Bazaar
If you have some you would like to share, it's not too late to send them to us, we can still share them with everyone
And remember, we have more events coming up this season, see our events page for more information
Sponsoring our Windows
As we have previously mentioned, our windows are requiring some work. You can now find information regarding the individual windows which need sponsorship on our website, under the ABOUT US/OUR CATHEDRAL section.
If you would like to contribute, then please get in touch with us.
If you would like to help in any way in the Cathedral, as a sidesperson, reader, mending books etc, please see Martha Rivera or Penny Marcés. Whatever gifts you have can be used in some way….
A summary of the last Council meeting, held on 15th November, is still available on the Cathedral website.
THIS WEEK'S SERVICES & MEETINGS:
Wednesday 30: 9:00am Matutina
6.00pm Prayer meeting
7.15pm Worship and meditation
Sunday 04: 8:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
9.00am Adult Forum
10:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite II)
Remembrance Sunday is held "to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts". Two minutes' silence is held at 11 a.m.
Then wreaths are usually laid; the red remembrance poppy has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the poem In Flanders Fields.
These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, and their brilliant red colour became a symbol for the blood spilled in the war.
The Royal British Legion organises 'The Festival of Remembrance' in the Royal Albert Hall, London, on the Saturday before 'Remembrance Sunday'. This includes military displays by current members of the armed forces, choral works, and prayers. It culminates with Servicemen and Women, with representatives from youth uniformed organizations and uniformed public security services of the City of London, parading down the aisles and onto the floor of the hall. The evening ends with a two-minute silence and the falling of one million poppy petals, each one representing a life lost.
Be sure to visit our chapel, to the side next to the pulpit, to see the plaques and windows we have commemorating loved ones that were lost during the war.
Specifically the stunning kneelers cushions, as pictured above, were donated by Evelyn Bowdin, in remembrance of Harry Bowdin, who both lived in Lima and attended the Good Shepherd for 30 years. They were sewn by Carol Bowdin (Harry and Evelyn's daughter) and Sandra Holme (Harry and Evelyn's granddaughter). - as advised by Sandra Holme.
Do you know any more history about our chapel? Please let us know in the comments below, we'd love to hear from you.
This year's Remembrance Day is on Sunday 13th November, our service will be held at 10am. Legionnaires are to be there at 9:30am.
As is the custom, poppies will be available from The Royal British Legion at the service.
Refreshments will be served after the service in the parish hall.
This week we welcomed back Rev. Ian Montgomery, and it is so lovely to have his wife Polly with him this time. Thank you to you both for spending this time with us and for providing a lovely service.
Let us pray for Ian as he prepares for next week's special Remembrance Day service. Don't forget 10am next Sunday 13th November. We will be joined by the Royal Legion and many other members of the public, including the British Ambassador, Anwar Choudhury. So let's be prepared to give them a great big welcome and show they what a wonderful community we are here at the Good Shepherd.
The Eucharist service will only be at 8am next week due to this event.
The Christmas Bazaar on 19th November is now less than 2 weeks away! And please please please we need your help!
Please bring items to Church clearly labelled for the bazaar and give magazine articles to Penny Marcés.
The closing date for the new rector search of our new English speaking congregation is coming up soon, 30th November.
If you are interested or know someone would be, please take a look at the profile on the 'meet our clergy page' and contact us as soon as possible.
We should all continue to pray for the chosen rector, even if we do not know who they are yet, and also the selection committee (Matthew Allen, Carla Dongo, Andrew King, Penny Marcés and Rosemary Underhay), who will be holding their first meeting this Friday.
And finally, it's still not too late to join the Christmas choir. Practice is on Sunday's at 11:45, please see John Matson.
Please see our events page for more details on our christmas services
THIS WEEK'S SERVICES & MEETINGS:
Wednesday 09: 6.00pm Prayer meeting
Sunday 13: 8:00am Holy Eucharist (Rite I)
9.00am Adult Forum
10:00am Remembrance Day Service
NB: There is no matutina this Wednesday morning