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Week beginning 7 March 2021
Third Sunday in Lent
Previous weeks updates can be found here
Cleansing the Temple. Alexander Andreev Ivanov (1806-1858)



11 am Holy Communion with skit from children and young people
John 2.13–22
Leader and preacher: the Chaplain

Cleansing the Temple

Come to your Temple here with liberation
And overturn these tables of exchange
Restore in me my lost imagination
Begin in me for good, the pure change.
Come as you came, an infant with your mother,
That innocence may cleanse and claim this ground
Come as you came, a boy who sought his father
With questions asked and certain answers found,
Come as you came this day, a man in anger
Unleash the lash that drives a pathway through
Face down for me the fear the shame the danger
Teach me again to whom my love is due.
Break down in me the barricades of death
And tear the veil in two with your last breath.

Malcolm Guite

The Cleansing of the Temple | Malcolm Guite (

Order of service for Holy Communion
The 11am service is live streamed on our facebook page, moscowanglican or the home page of, and is then put on our YouTube channel. We would love to be able to live stream directly to our YouTube channel, but for this to happen we need 1000 subscriptions. So far we only need 800+ more subscribers!! Please do subscribe and ask others to do so. 
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12.30 pm Group after the service
Youth group: Misha will lead a discussion on "Our Daily Bread" from John 6:28-40

Refreshments and soup will be served after the service. Donations will be collected for the Bishop's Lent appeal (see further below for more details)

A group for those aged 18 - 30, that usually meets after our 11am service on Sunday.
If you want to know more about youth meetings contact Mary


Our Sunday school is currently not meeting, but we will provide sheets and a take away bag (with craft and snack) to occupy children during the service, and we will also try to involve them a bit in the services.
There is, however, an area for small children in the chapter room (the room next to the church), but they need to be accompanied and we ask you to bring toys along with you. 
Today we’re going to learn about a time Jesus did some house cleaning. It was time for the annual Passover celebration, so Jesus traveled to Jerusalem. When He went to the temple, He couldn't believe what He saw. People were selling cattle, sheep, and doves to be used as sacrifices in the temple. Some men were even charging people to change their money so they could pay their temple taxes. It looked more like a flea market than a place to worship God.
As we think about Jesus cleansing the temple, we can also be reminded that there is some other cleaning that needs to be done. The Bible tells us that we are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in us (1 Corinthians. 3:16). This season of Lent is a good time for us to think about how our hearts might need cleansing.


Morning prayer is live streamed Monday - Friday at 8:30am, and Saturdays at 9am.
You can find us on our facebook page or the home page of our website.
The text of morning and evening prayer can be found by clicking here or by downloading the app: Daily Prayer.
Tuesday 9 March
7:30 pm Zoom bible study
We are looking at 1 Corinthians 8

Wednesday 10 March
7:30 pm Holy Communion followed by a reflective Bible study and the Jesus Prayer

Thursday 11 March
9:30 pm Night Prayer on Zoom
During Lent we will be saying Night Prayer (Compline) on Zoom. We will open Zoom at 9:15 and close immediately Night Prayer concludes
Sunday 14 March: Fourth Sunday in Lent
9:00 am Holy Communion
(using the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer)
11:00 am Holy Communion 
followed a simple lunch of soup and bread, with donations towards the Bishop's Lent appeal. 
If you are already on the rota for welcoming, reading or leading intercessions, the sign up sheet is available here.
We need people to welcome, read and lead the intercessions at our services. 
if you are currently not on the rotas, and would like to be on the rota, please email Giles
An opportunity to give your beloved items a new life and to provide clothes and funds for those in need. If you would like to look for something different to wear then the lavochka will be open downstairs in room 4 from 2pm to 6pm on Saturdays and is being run by Sasha and Saida. If you are able to donate clothes, please leave them at St Andrew’s either during the week or at the Lavochka on Saturdays.
More information at
The restored west end of the Church. Work was done in 2018 with funds from the City Restoration Programme
Regrettably we did not receive funding from the City subsidy fund for works on the roof in 2021. However, following a meeting organised by the Patriarchate with St Andrew's and the Department of Culture and Heritage, we have been assured of the Patriarchate's support, that we are still in the City Programme, and that we can resubmit plans for funds for work to be done on the roof in 2022.

Our task for this year is therefore to raise funds for the design projects and architects' drawings for both the church interior and parsonage. These are required before we can do any further actual works. Last year, because of COVID, we did not even attempt to fundraise, and our target for this year is $135000.  
Click here to find out how to give to St Andrew's
We now have the facility for people who wish to make a gift in Rubles (RUB) via Sperbank. If you have an account with Sperbank there is no commission. If you use another bank there may be a small commission. Please use the QR code below.
Click here for link to the 
2021 Bishop’s Lent Appeal for the English Church of Liège (Belgium)
The 'Daily Prayer' app from the Church of England, which offers morning and evening prayer, is quite long and wordy. Many people are finding that the app Time to Pray is more helpful. It has a shortened form of daily prayer and also night prayer, which can be read or listened to. Try it out by clicking here!
- Pray for Louise and the playgroup at St Andrew's. Pray for children and staff, for safety and flourishing.
- Contine to thank God for the vaccines and those who developed them. Pray for the programme of vaccination, and for those who are sick and those who care for them.

- Pray for those in our community who have been unable to get back to home countries for the past year. Pray for patience, and that travel to and from Russia will be opened up again soon.
- Pray for Glen Ruffle in this time of uncertainty, that he will be able to travel to Moscow to complete the necessary paperwork so that he can come later in the year as assistant minister and curate of St Andrew's
- Pray for those who have many questions and are seeking to find out more about the Christian faith. We pray that you will reveal yourself to them and give them peace
- We continue to pray for those who are sick: especially Volodya who has had an operation. We thank God that Sergei has been permitted to go home, even though he is still seriously ill.
- We commend into God's hand those who have died, remembering especially Olga Putilina


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St Andrew's Moscow
Voznesensky Pereulok 8/5
Tel (Administrator): 7 (925) 682 7148

Verger: Marina Putrenko
Chaplain: Rev Canon Malcolm Rogers
Wardens: Dan Culbertson, Daniel Wamriew

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