All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 10th November 2017

Friday 10th November 2017

Dear Friends,  

While we are still basking in the warm afterglow of our All Saints' Festival celebrations with their beautiful liturgies, splendid music and uplifting sermons from our guest preachers, Sunday's reading from Amos (5.18-24) feels like having a bucket of ice-cold water thrown over us.  

“I hate and despise your festivals,

     and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.

Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings,

     I will not accept them;

and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals

     I will not look upon.

Take away from me the noise of your songs;

     I will not listen to the melody of your harps.

But let justice roll down like waters,

     and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”  

Later, we read of the confrontation between this uncomfortable prophet and Amaziah, the priest of the royal shrine at Bethel – the Westminster Abbey of the day. Amaziah tries to send Amos packing; telling him to go back home and earn his living as a prophet among his own people in the southern kingdom of Judah.  

But Amos is not to be cowed by the dean of any royal temple.  He is no religious professional, as some of those called prophets at the time were, but a layman, summoned from his daily tasks to deliver God's word.  He is not to be silenced.   

That word is to recall the people to their relationship with God and what it entails.  That word reminds them of a basic truth about their God:  that theirs is a God whose priority is to establish a community of justice and righteousness.

That community had been undermined by the widening gap between rich and poor in Israel. The prophet condemns those who call themselves God's people, perform the rituals of their faith, and yet allow people to go hungry.  In their comfortable self-satisfaction, they assume that the day of the Lord's coming will see their status as his chosen people confirmed.  They think they have nothing to fear but Amos comes to take away their sense of security.  

When we hear his words proclaimed in church as “the word of the Lord” what does that mean?  Can Amos be speaking to us as well as to his contemporaries? Can the same accusation be addressed to us? Will the offering of our worship receive the same damning verdict? Are we being challenged to build a community of justice and righteousness?  In our hearts, of course, we already know the answer to those questions without having to be told it by any preacher: It is “Yes!” But we are very good at finding ways to blunt that message.  

In our Act of Remembrance on Sunday, as we recall the cost of wars past and not so past, we will pledge ourselves to work for peace.  Scripture's understanding of God's peace, his Shalom, is not just the absence of conflict; although when we see the destruction wreaked on places like Iraq and Syria and the Yemen, the cost in lives destroyed or blighted, that itself would be a blessing. God's peace is one built on an active pursuit of justice for all. Closer to home, the increasing numbers of those sleeping on our streets and in our churches, families unable to afford decent homes, people living in a slavery we imagined had been abolished long ago, men and women subjected to sexual abuse and harassment by those with power, a gambling industry which profits from the poorest and most vulnerable; all cry out to us for justice and righteousness.   

These are not matters which we can leave to others while we get on with the real business of religion: saving our souls, cultivating our own spiritual improvement or perfecting our liturgies.  Justice and righteousness are the real business of our religion, of our God.  

Yours in Christ,

 

Fr. Alan Moses, Vicar
All Saints Margaret Street
 

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER DIARY

Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Jayne Forrester, Peter Brentnall, Yvonne Craig, Fr Gerald Reddington, Thomas Vucetic, Joy Wright, Barbara Schiefer, Isabella Bunn, Gwyneth Hopkins, Fr Philip Warner, Joao Holanda Cavalcante, Ivone Dias Cavalcante, Letizia Sormani, Peter Chant, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Maria Magdalena Gedmanaite, Ken Hales, Nancy Gardner, Katie Marko, Andrew Evans, Ros Tagoe, Beverley Ward, Vivienne Dunne, Catherine Paciullo and Sîan Evans.  

Those known to us recently departed: John Bubb, Lidia Dragescu, Paul Underhill, Phil Goldring, Scilla Woolley, Eileen Owen, Stavroulla Pavlou, Nicholas Ball, Alfred Laitman, Fr Michael McClean, Angelo, Brenda Bowman, Gervase Babington, Ian Squire and Lynette Paul.  

Those whose year’s mind occur this week: John Mayor Pr, Arthur Hutchings, Sidney Dines, Annie Searles, George Scott, Ethel Rawll, Sam Thorpe, Graham Hawkes, Rachel Clayton, Genge Genge Pr, Herbert Brackley, Janette Brierly, William Foster, Alfred Stephens, Elizabeth Marychurch, Jonathan Walker, Nadine Olivey and Norman Caplin.                                                            

WORSHIP THIS WEEK:

Saturday, 11 November
11.30am Rosary
12 noon Low Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham   
6pm Evening Prayer 
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Sunday 12 November 
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

Act of Remembrance and HIGH MASS at 10.58am
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Collegium Regale – Howells
Greater love hath no man – Ireland 

The Vicar’s Ten-to-One Talks – today the Vicar will talk about the significance of the Choir. Please meet in Church.  

Sunday Lunch is being cooked by Philip Payne and Geoffrey Woodcock. Roast lamb, roast potatoes, vegetables, followed by tiramisu and coffee. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop before and after Mass. 

5.15pm Low Mass
EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Dyson in F
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace – S.S. Wesley  

This Week’s Services

Monday 13 to Friday, 17 November
7.30am Morning Prayer 
 8am Low Mass
12.30-1pm Confessions  
1.10pm Low Mass
Wednesday 15 November, 2.30pm – Funeral Mass – Dennis Graham Robinson
5.30pm Confessions  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm Low Mass  

Saturday, 18 November
12 noon Low Mass
12.45pm Gathering for the Procession of Witness from All Saints to the Annunciation 
6pm Evening Prayer 
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 19 November – 2nd before Advent
8am Low Mass   
10.20am Morning Prayer  

HIGH MASS & Sermon, 11am
Preacher:
The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Kyrie – Orbis Factor 
Missa Miserere Mihi Domine – Cardoso 
Elgar Ave Verum Corpus

Sunday Lunch is being cooked by John Forde. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop before and after Mass. 

5.15pm Low Mass
EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm
Preacher:
Fr Michael Bowie
Murrill in E
Mendelssohn Verlieh uns frieden  

Full service information: www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk.

WEEKLY NOTICES and FUTURE EVENTS AT ALL SAINTS  

RED WEDNESDAY:  PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST  

Two years ago, a resolution in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East from St. Marylebone Deanery was adopted by the Diocesan Synod. The Bishop also accepted the Vicar's suggestion that the Bishop's Lent Appeal 2016 should be for this cause. Many of you will recall that Fr. Alan undertook a sponsored walking pilgrimage to Santiago which raised £20,000.  Synods are quite good at passing resolutions on issues and then forgetting about them. In this case, our own Cedric Stephens, who has been the driving force behind all this, has not allowed us to forget.  

One of the charities working with Christians in the Middle East which the Diocese of London supported was the Roman Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.  

ACN organizes Red Week 19-26 November 2017 to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians. See Aid to the Church in Need website https://acnuk.org/campaign/redwednesday/. Church buildings will be illuminated in red.    

PROCESSION OF WITNESS from ALL SAINTS to the ANNUNCIATION
As part of this initiative, an ecumenical Walk of Witness on Oxford Street will take place on Saturday 18 November. All churches are invited to participate and a lot of interest has already been shown. Please come and play your part and show your support for his vital cause. The procession will begin at All Saints at 1245 - after the Noon Mass – and conclude at the Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch. Details as follows: Assemble All Saints Church, Margaret Street W1W 8JG at 12.45pm. Depart 1pm to the Church of the Annunciation, Marble Arch, via Oxford Street. Arrive approx. 2.30pm. Cedric Stephens, Event Co-ordinator (020) 7637 7468 says: ‘Together we can demonstrate to the public our solidarity with our Christian brothers and sisters in the wider world who are being persecuted and murdered for their faith.’ We hope as many people as possible from All Saints and the Deanery will take part.  You can always do some Christmas shopping afterwards!  

NEW CHURCH HEATING - The new boilers, their control equipment and flue have now all been installed and the heating was switched on, after testing, on the Eve of All Saints. It will now take a couple of weeks to optimise the heat output with new boilers and old pipes needing to be ‘knit together’ effectively. Church is being gently warmed up as the outside temperatures begin to drop, but it will take the next ten days for the new control system to be fully implemented. The scaffolding has been used as planned to repair the brick work on some of the chimneys.  

THINKING OF KEEPING WARM – Men’s coats, jackets, scarves shirts, trousers, warm sweaters, trainers/athletic shoes needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street. 42 homeless people daily shower and eat and collect fresh clothing. If you have men’s clothes to give away, please bring to the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. Thank you to those who have recently brought in things as the weather gets colder. 

LAST OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE: Church collections during the All Saints Festival are donated to the FESTIVAL APPEAL 2017 - raising funds for THREE important causes:

1. Church Army-run, THE MARYLEBONE PROJECTempowers homeless women into independent living’. Our money supports the emergency bed unit, providing vital safe accommodation to women escaping domestic violence, financial crisis, sexual exploitation and mental health issues.  

2. USPG’s UMOJA HIV PROJECT. Working in the Anglican Diocese of Manicaland Zimbabwe, this project ‘enables people living with HIV and Aids to live positive lives’ by reducing stigma and boosting HIV prevention. Engaging the local community, in partnership with local churches and HIV services, the programme raises awareness of the lack of care and support for these people and their families.  

3. DIOCESE OF THE GAMBIA. Continuing All Saints’ work befriending and training Fr Philip Sanneh - ordained to serve in the Gambia - we are appealing for money to establish a rural Gambian community bakery and poultry business. The project is designed to create employment, provide food security and improve the livelihood skills of women and young people.  

Please give generously – gift-aiding your donations wherever you can (so your generosity is increased 25%). If you can’t visit All Saints, please send cheques payable to: Parochial Church All Saints in an envelope marked FESTIVAL APPEAL to: All Saints Church, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG.
Please include your full name and address to allow us to claim the appropriate Gift Aid. 
 

Sunday 26 November at 7.15pm (after Benediction) -
RICHARD MOORE ORGAN RECITAL
Richard trained at Oxford and the RCM, studying at the latter institution with David Graham and Sophie-Veronique Cauchefer-Choplin. During his time in London, Richard held the William and Irene Miller Organ Scholarship at St Paul's Cathedral, and was subsequently Acting Assistant at St Martin-in-the-Fields. After a brief period as Assistant Organist at Winchester Cathedral, he took up the post of Sub Organist at Guildford Cathedral. Programme includes the second performance of a new work ‘Edwylm’ (‘Surging fire’), 2017 by Solfa Carlile; Berceuse (24 Pieces en style libre) - Vierne; Prélude – Boulanger ; Stèle pour un enfant défunt (Op. 58, No 3) – Vierne and Phantasie über den Choral Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Op. 52, No 2) – Reger. Retiring collection to support music and choir at All Saints (suggested donation £5) – please use Gift Aid envelope wherever possible. All Saints Licensed Club/Bar open afterwards. 

EVENTS BEYOND ALL SAINTS  

Sunday 12–Sunday 19 November - NATIONAL INTERFAITH WEEK
A reminder that this Sunday is the start of National Interfaith Week, when the spotlight is on interfaith understanding and cooperation – vital to a peaceful, cohesive and integrated society. Interfaith Week runs from Remembrance Sunday (12 November), when we honour those, of all religions and none, who died in wars, to the First World Day of the Poor on Sunday 19 November, which Pope Francis instituted this year. 

WRAP UP LONDON 2017 – Monday 13 – Wednesday 15 November – volunteers will be collecting clothing at five Underground Stations (Canary Wharf, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Victoria and Waterloo) and passing them on to more than 100 homeless shelters and charities helping the homeless, refugees, children in poverty and those fleeing domestic abuse. Please donate old and unwanted coats to help keep vulnerable people warm this winter. Check out the website for further collection information: https://wrapuplondon.org.uk/  

13, 23, 28 November - DEMOCRACY LECTURE SERIES, Westminster Abbey Institute - With deference gone, how can trust in those who govern be earned and retained? How can a voice be given to the voiceless? Politicians standing for election must seek and retain power but that can have a corrosive effect on moral character and disposition. How do people seeking election avoid joining the ‘celebritocracy’ or becoming vacillating people pleasers? Has political language coarsened beyond repair?

Westminster Abbey is hosting a series of lectures, dialogues and symposia on the state of modern democracy, with a list of speakers including journalists, academics, and politicians, including the Rt Hon Nick Clegg, the Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, and the Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH. For further information, as well as tickets, please visit: westminster-abbey.org/institute/democracy

ALL SAINTS MISSION PROJECTS

Our year-round fundraising efforts go to support three charities:

The Church Army hostels and programmes in Marylebone empowering homeless women into independent living through providing a safe refuge, training and employment opportunities.
The USPG-led UMOJA, HIV Project in Zimbabwe, enabling people living with HIV and Aids to have positive lives, and
The Soup Kitchen (American International Church, Tottenham Court Road) feeding up to 80 vulnerable people daily in central London. 
 

Men’s clothing especially is needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street and also by the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, both of whom provide a daily range of services to homeless people. If you have women’s or men’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. The Church Army is now also collecting women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home! Thank you to those who have started recently to bring things in as the weather gets colder – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets have been much appreciated.

The Soup Kitchen specifically calls for:
men's trousers (sizes 32-36) and men's sturdy/athletic shoes (sizes 9-12 especially) and say ‘we also need men's outerwear of all varieties and rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’

The Soup Kitchen team (only part-time cover) asks: ‘Please drop me a line if you are planning to drop things off here. As always, many thanks for your support.’ Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD T: 020 7580 2791    www.amchurch.co.uk/soup-kitchen/

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
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* If you would like any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact:  

The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, London W1 W 8JG
Vicar: The Revd Prebendary Alan Moses
T: 07973 878040 E: alanmoses111@gmail.com (Day off: Saturday)

Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: mnrbowie@gmail.com (Day off: Wednesday)

Confessions 
A priest is available for confessions/counsel Monday – Friday from 12.30-1pm and at 5.30pm Monday - Saturday, or by appointment. (Special arrangements apply in Lent and for Holy Week.)

If you would like prayers offered, or amendments to the prayer list please contact:  Dee Prior, Parish Administrator (020 7636 1788).  E: astsmgtst@aol.com Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk/prayer.   

Safeguarding Officers: Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and: Janet Drake (Children)  

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