All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 6th October 2017

Friday 6th October 2017

Dear Friends, 

Sunday's readings offer two images for the Church and the Christian life: the vineyard and the running track: viticulture and athletics.  

Isaiah's song of the vineyard  (Isaiah 5.1-7) tells of the care God has lavished on the vineyard he has created and the vines he has planted -  but when he looked to the vines, his people, for fruit he found they had produced sour grapes; good for neither fruit nor wine. 

In the gospel (Matthew 21.33-46), it is the tenants who are the villains of the piece, refusing the landowner his share of the vintage, beating up and killing his servants, and then, in a foreshadowing of the passion, his son. 

In its original setting the song is clearly aimed at the people of Israel, and the parable at its spiritual leaders.  But we should listen to them as directed to us. We cannot sit back and think that they got it wrong but we have got it right.  Both song and parable apply just as much to us. 

Are we communities which produce the fruits of the Spirit which Paul speaks of in Galatians: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (5.22-3) – or are we more likely to be sour grapes who set people's teeth on edge?  

Do we recognize God's messengers when they come to us and accept the word they bring to us? Or do we reject them; preferring to run the vineyard according to our own lights?   

Of course, communities and individuals are not usually one or the other, but a mixture of both. We lean one way and then the other. We are usually neither black nor white but dark or light grey. 

This is where Paul in Philippians (3.4b-14) can help us. 

Paul is not really boasting about his spiritual achievements, only contrasting them with the “surpassing value of knowing Christ” and the righteousness that comes through faith in him.

He uses the example of athletes.  Some run to win a place in the team.  Others because they are already in the team.  For Paul the latter describes the Christian life: We run the race not to win a place in the team but because we are already in it.  Paul's motive is not fear or guilt or pride but gratitude.  

This is no prescription for spiritual complacency. His experience of grace has produced a spiritual energy and motivation greater than anything he had known before. The knowledge of acceptance frees Paul to focus on what is most important:  “Forgetting what lies behind, and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” 

Paul knows that what we call his conversion does not mean that he has arrived at perfection: “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect.”  We who have not arrived can find comfort in the fact that Paul had not either. The important thing is that this knowledge did not paralyze him because as well as knowing himself, he knew the grace of God. God does not expect us to have won the race already but he does expect us to run in it. 

Like Paul, we should “want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, somehow (we) may attain the resurrection from the dead.” 

Yours in Christ,


Fr. Alan Moses, Vicar
All Saints Margaret Street 


Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Barbara Schiefer, Isabella Bunn, Gwyneth Hopkins, Fr Philip Warner, Joao Holanda Cavalcante, Ivone Dias Cavalcante, Letizia Sormani, Roger Williams, 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: Chris Wainwright, Susan Gill, Vivien Caplowe, Donald Lyon, Jean Kember, Rodney Bickerstaffe and Anne. 

Those whose year’s mind occurs this week:
Eric Kay, Grace Miller, Emma Titley, Ann Armstrong, Fred Edwards, Gwendolen Clementson, Suzette Shores, Mark Carpenter-Garnier Bp, Guest Blofeld Pr, Lilian Ditcham, David Heffer, Elizabeth Hoare,
Vera Dyer and Peter Henry Kinslow. 


TONIGHT, Friday 6 October - Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham Low Mass with Hymns 6.30pm followed by the Rosary being said from 7pm for approximately half an hour. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.

Saturday, 7 September
12 noon Low Mass  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

8 October ~ 17th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Taverner Kyrie 'Le Roy'
Tye Missa Euge bone
Bairstow: Let all mortal flesh keep silence 

The first VICAR’S TEN TO ONE TALK – the significance of the Font.
Please meet in Church.

Sunday Lunch in the Parish Dining Room – Judith Mather is preparing Lasagne with Garlic Bread and Salad, followed by Meringues with Fruit Surprise and Coffee. Tickets from the Parish shop - £6. Please note the new price.

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Noble Setting in B minor
Brahms Geistliches Lied

This Week’s Services

Monday 9 to Friday, 13 October
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, 14 October
11.30pm Rosary before the
12 noon Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham Low Mass  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 15 October 18th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Rheinberger Cantus Missae, Op.109
Sheppard - Libera nos 

Sunday Lunch is served in the Parish Dining Room. Chris Self is cooking. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop.

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Howells St Paul's Service
Bruckner Os justi

Full service information: 


The POETRY TEA last weekend raised £125 (including Gift Aid) for the All Saints Foundation. Many thanks to Pamela Botsford for arranging the event and generously acting as hostess once again. 

NEW CHURCH BOILERS - Between now and the end of October it is intended to complete the work to renew the boilers at All Saints. The new boilers and their control equipment arrive on Monday 9 October and installation and testing will take place over the following fortnight. To install the flue to the boilers, there will need to be a scaffolding tower in the courtyard just outside the Church doors for a short period of time (dates to be confirmed). It is hoped to be able to turn the heating on in time for the ALL SAINTS’ FESTIVAL. 

Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 October – Evenings after Mass there will be a recording of Organ Music in Church. 

Wednesday 11 October (11.30am – 7pm) and
Thursday 12 October (10am – 6pm) - Parish Room: 2 DAY HANDBAG SALE. Cash and card sales.

Saturday, 14 October (9am-5pm) – Parish Room – ATELIER MILLINERY CLASS – the second of a series of three Saturday classes this Autumn teaching hat-making skills.

Saturday, 14 October (10.30-5.30pm) – Dining Room – FRIENDS OF MASASI TRUSTEES MEETING. 

Saturday 14 October at 3.30pm – EVENSONG for the FORMER ALL SAINTS’ CHORISTERS REUNION (which had to be deferred from its’ usual Spring timing). Harry Bramma will play the organ for Evensong sung by former choristers. The setting will be one specially composed by Louis Halsey and the anthem is a setting of The heav’ns God’s glory do declare (Psalm 19) especially written by Martin Bruce. Harry Bramma will also play pieces by Bach and Parry. Evensong will be followed by tea, prepared by volunteers from the congregation. Please come along and support the former All Saints’ Choristers in their annual reunion and share in the refreshments afterwards. 

Wednesday 18 October, 7pm – Standing Committee of the Parochial Church Council meets in the Vicarage. 


Saturday 21 October, 2pm WEDDING of Marcus Reddington and Allie Hunter. 

Sunday 29 October at 7.15pm ORGAN RECITAL (following Benediction) - Timothy Byram-Wigfield, Director of Music, All Saints. Programme: Bach, Sweelinck, Saint-Saëns, Liszt, Peter Hurford and Wagner. 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. 


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.   

Tuesday, 31 October, 12pm - 500th Anniversary of the English Reformation, Westminster Abbey
Service - Westminster Abbey marks the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses and the beginning of the Reformation with a Special Service on Tuesday 31st October 2017 at 12 noon.
This will be an ecumenical service attended by UK Church leaders, Presidents from Churches Together in England, Representatives from the Council of Lutheran Churches and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who will give the main address. The service will explore Martin Luther's influence, include a note of repentance and also reaffirm an intention for churches to work together towards greater unity and harmony. Further details, as well as tickets, can be found at

Symposium - Following the 12pm service, there will be a symposium taking place at St Margaret's Church, entitled 'Liberated by God's Grace'. The chair will be the Rt Rev'd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington, and the symposium will bring together leading academics to analyse the ongoing impact of the Reformation. What has been its effect on subsequent generations, not only for our churches but also for our wider self-understanding and social order? Details and tickets available here: 

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

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
* If you would like to encourage others to take an interest in All Saints/keep up with what is happening here
, please forward this email on to them, or to people you would like to invite to services or tell them about our, which has a full colour 360 virtual tour for viewing the wonderfully restored interior of the Church – tour – before a visit or if unable to travel. 

If you know of others (near or far) who would like to receive this regular update on what’s happening at All Saints please encourage them to sign up for the email on the All Saints website – see the tab News & Events> Weekly Newsletter

* 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: (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)


More news items »