All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 22nd September 2017

Friday 22nd September 2017

Dear Friends,

In Sunday's Gospel parable, the first labourers are paid the same wage as those who start at 'the eleventh hour' (a reminder that this is a twelve-hour working day, from dawn to dusk, which is how the hours were reckoned in the ancient world): the early birds hadn't realised that they could have come much later and got the same deal, hence their resentment. If we're honest, we'd probably feel the same.

This story was important to the early Church because generations of Jews had waited and longed for the Messiah and, like the first workers, some of them were the first to respond to the call of Jesus. For some of these early Jewish Christians, including St Peter, it came as an unwelcome surprise that the Lord was calling Gentiles to the life and work of Jesus' kingdom as well. We can readily translate this sense of resentment into the life of most church congregations, many political and work environments and, often, even family life. Long-established and diligent players, or elder siblings, rarely enjoy being displaced by the latest new thing.

But of course Jesus came to 'make all things new'. The gospel story is a commentary on how fickle we are and, luckily for us, how extraordinarily generous God is. What we see in ourselves and others is only a glimpse of what God is like. God is always more than we make him out to be: more loving, more forgiving, more compassionate, more truly just.

Because God is so much greater than anything we could ask or imagine, we are constantly surprised at how he overturns our (often self-serving) expectations. We look for God in the big and the spectacular and he comes to us poor, naked, sick, in prison, hungry, and above all irritating. God speaks through the most surprising people at the most unexpected moments. That is why people who have decided that God can only work in certain ways, places, people, institutions and times so often end up at the end of the line when it comes to religious wisdom.

Fr Michael McGirr SJ, in his book Things You Get for Free (actually a sort of travel book, with family history thrown in, by an Australian priest: very much my sort of thing!) argues that there is a crisis of belief today, but not in the way we often think. He says that the crisis of belief is that people inside the Church sometimes cannot believe that people outside its traditional structures can experience the love of Jesus. God loves and guides the Church, but is not bound by it. God is actually busy about making sure those who might be last have a chance to become first. We need to keep that Gospel in view. Rather than resenting it we are called by Jesus to be thankful for our longer and bigger opportunity to experience the love of God and to rejoice when others catch the vision.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest,
All Saints Margaret Street



Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers:
The victims of the terrorist explosion on the tube at Parson’s Green, Asia Bibi, Joao Holanda Cavalcante, Ivone Dias Cavalcante, Letizia Sormani, Roger Williams, Peter Chant, Ruth Butler, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Maria Magdalena Gedmanaite, Ken Hales, Nancy Gardner, Katie Marko, Andrew Evans, Sarah Payne, Rodney Bickerstaffe, Ros Tagoe, Beverley Ward, Vivienne Dunne & Catherine Paciullo.

Those known to us recently departed: Neil McKay, Cormac Murphy-O’Connor Bp, John Tees, Bill Rodger, Chris Wainwright, Susan Gill, Vivien Caplow.

Year’s mind this week:  
Eric King, Evelyn Steele, Mickaël Charbonneau, Lilian Exten, Lynn Evans, Sr Mary OHS, Marjorie Gaskell, Evan Windham, Alfred Davis, Leslie Thomas, Brenda Kirk, and John Shand Pr.


Saturday, 23 September
12 noon Low Mass   
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

24 September ~ 15th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie

Lassus Missa Bell ‘Amfitrit’ altera  

Andrea Gabrieli O sacrum convivium

There is no Sunday Lunch service during the September holiday period.
We look forward to welcoming both visitors and regular diners once again later in October.

5.15pm Low Mass

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses

Magnificat à 8
Nunc Dimittis – Tone II

Giovanni Gabrieli Jubilate Deo à 8


Sunday 24 September, 7.15pm All Saints (after Benediction) ORGAN RECITAL
dedicated to Dr Jonathan Deane – Jeremiah Stephenson (Assistant Director of Music).
includes Marcel Dupré: Cortège et Litanie op 19 no 2 and Prélude et ƒugue en sol mineur op 7 no 3; Maurice Duruflé Suite op 5 - Prélude, Sicilienne, Toccata. Retiring collection. All Saints licensed Club/Bar open afterwards.

This Week’s Services

Monday 25 to Friday 30 September
7.30am Morning Prayer 
 8am Low Mass
12.30-1pm Confessions  
1.10pm Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm Low Mass

Saturday, 30 September
12 noon Low Mass  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

1 October ~ Dedication Festival 
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am Procession and HIGH MASS 
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Mozart Spatzenmesse K.220
Wood Expectans Expectavi


5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Blair Setting in B minor
Harris Faire is the heaven

Full service information:




CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WESTMINSTER - “Meet the Neighbours” at St Saviour's (Anglican) Church, St George's Square
Pimlico LONDON SW1V 3QW from 6.30-8.30pm on Thursday, 28 September 2017. Everyone is welcome. The visit will include: The history and architectural features of the church, its ministry in Pimlico today followed by refreshments, with the evening ending with Compline (Night Prayer). St Saviour’s is 3 minutes’ walk from Pimlico (Victoria Line) Underground Station.

Thursday 28 September, 8pm - ST MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS, Bedford Park ––HIGH MASS for the Vigil of the Feast of St Michael and All Angels Preacher: The Very Revd Nicholas Frayling, Dean of the Order of St John. Refreshments.

Friday 29 September, Michaelmas: St Paul’s Cathedral. The Vicar is preaching at at the 5pm Sung Eucharist.

The annual ACF Festival will be held at St James', Sussex Gardens. The main speaker will be Bishop Philip North, and it promises to be an inspiring day. Further details:

Saturday 30 September at 3pm - You are invited to a POETRY TEA AT PAMELA’S HOME. You can bring poetry or prose.  The theme will be Gardens and Gardening.  To attend please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the courtyard, or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456 leaving your name & phone number.  Charge £6.  Proceeds to the All Saints’ Restoration Fund.

Saturday, 14 October, 11.30am - ST EDWARD'S DAY, WESTMINSTER ABBEY
On 14th October the Abbey celebrates the life of St Edward the Confessor with a day of prayer and pilgrimage. The Solemn Mass at 11:30am is the main focus of the festival, and the Bishop of Worcester, John Inge, will preach. See leaflets in Church with full details or the Westminster Abbey website.  


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

The Church Army hostels and programmes in Marylebone empowering homeless women into independent living.
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!

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

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:-
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The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, London W1 W 8JG
Vicar: The Revd Prebendary Alan Moses
T: 07973 878040 E: (Day off: Saturday)

Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: (Day off: Wednesday)

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:

Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: 

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


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