All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 13th October 2017

Friday 13th October 2017

Dear Friends, 

Since the earliest days of Christianity, the wedding banquet was seen as a metaphor for two things: the Eucharist and eternal life. Curiously, Sunday's parable of the king's wedding feast is less concerned about the banquet and more about who's in and who's out, and why.

We can see this in its description of the tenants who turn down the opportunity to go to a royal wedding: an unusual (and self-destructive) response. We can see it in the poor who recognise the gift and the giver; get dressed up and have somewhere to go: this is easier to understand. And we see it in the impostor who is not correctly dressed for the occasion and speechless when called to account. This last character is presumably a member of the earliest Christian community who has taken the waters of baptism but was betraying Matthew's persecuted community. When discovered, people like this guest were thrown out. In Matthew's time, with the church under attack, such impostors could cost lives.  

What about our time? If speaking to us this clearly isn't about how we dress for Mass; or about the fear of being found wanting in being able to mouth the right words when called to account. It is about being poor enough, sufficiently self-aware, to recognise the gift (grace) of God in the invitation to faith and being generous enough, sufficiently self-giving, to respond fully. Taking care about what we say and do; the values by which we live at home, work and leisure, and the way we relate to each other, is how we show what we profess. It is also how others legitimately judge whether our faith is authentic, genuinely lived, or whether we are impostors.

Critics tell us that the parable as it stands in Matthew is not all of one piece. It is like a piecing together of fragments of stained glass that once belonged to more than one window. The closing verses of our Gospel (the stuff about failing to turn up in a wedding garment, not found in Luke) were once a separate parable. The extraordinary Pauline image of ‘clothing oneself with Christ’ (Gal. 3.27) helps us to understand this. In dressing for a wedding I dress for the day. In ‘dressing myself with Christ’, I dress for eternity. There are overtones of another rite of passage here. ‘The wedding garment’ is apparel donned at our baptism. That baptismal robe is a relationship to be constantly renewed. Love must be lived and realized afresh every day. 

Yours in Christ, 


Fr Michael Bowie, Assistant Priest
All Saints Margaret Street 


Please pray for Marcus Reddington and Allie Hunter being married at All Saints on Saturday 21 October.

Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Joy Wright, 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: Susan Gill, Vivien Caplowe, Donald Lyon, Jean Kember, Rodney Bickerstaffe, Anne, John Bubb, Paul Underhill and the un-named woman who fell to her death in St Paul’s Cathedral this week.   

Those whose year’s mind occurs this week:
Godfrey Dick, Florence Kelly, Raymond McGrath, Jack Ridley, Richard O’Conner, Robert Hanvey, Evelyn Vandy, Margaret McKenzie-Edwards, Lilian Geddes, John Williams, Christopher Rawll, Colin Wesley and Dora Bull. 


Saturday, 14 October
11.30am Rosary

12 noon Cell of Our Lady of Walsingham Mass  

3.30pm Evensong with the Former All Saints’ Choristers (tea afterwards)
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

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

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

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

Sunday Lunch in the Parish Dining Room – Chris Self is preparing Flemish Carbonnade of Beef followed by Orange Fool made by Jan Fielden, and Coffee. Tickets from the Parish shop - £6. Please note the new price.  

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

This Week’s Services

Monday 16 to Friday, 20 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, 21 October
12 noon Low Mass  

2pm NUPTIAL MASS for Marcus Reddington and Allie Hunter.
Preacher: Fr Alan Moses
Haydn Missa Sancti Joannis de Deo
Tavener The Lamb
Andrew Lloyd Webber All I ask of you

6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 22 October 19th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass   
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Vivanco Missa ‘Crux Fidelis’
Lassus Ave Verum Corpus 

There is no Sunday Lunch service this week but it will be available again next week. Huw Pryce and Daniel Fielden are cooking. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop.

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Purcell Setting in G minor
Day Round me falls the night

Full service information: 


The two days of sample HANDBAG SALES this week raised £375 for the Church general funds. There will be a similar sale in December. 

The two evenings recording organ music in Church this week raised £312.50 for the Church.   

NEW CHURCH BOILERS - The new boilers and their control equipment have now been installed in the basement of Church. The scaffolding tower has gone up in the courtyard to provide access to the roof of 8 Margaret Street, where the boiler flues exit the building. It will need to stay in place until the heating has been turned on and we have confirmed that everything is operating properly. It is still intended to turn the heating on in time for the ALL SAINTS’ FESTIVAL. 

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. Full details on their website:

Saturday, 14 October (10.30-4.30pm) – 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. 

Thursday 19 October – during the day there are meetings for PARTNERSHIP ETHIOPIA and for the CHURCH MUSIC COMMITTEE and at 7pm LONDON OPEN UNIVERSITY GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY TALK, Parish Room. 

Saturday 21 October, 2pm WEDDING of Marcus Reddington and Allie Hunter. Marcus and Allie invite any member of the All Saints’ congregation to join them for a drink after the Nuptial Mass. 

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:

30 October, 6, 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:

Thursday 9 November, 11am SERVICE OF COMMEMORATION, St Martin-in-the-Fields
Every year, Housing Justice organises a service to commemorate all those who died homeless in the past year. This year's service will be taking place at St Martin-in-the-Fields at 11am. Further information can be found here. If you would like to include any names to be read out during the service, please contact 'Alex' at

Thursday 9 November, 7pm CHARITY CONCERT at St George’s Hanover Square, W1S 1FX with pieces for piano (Rev’d Roderick Leece), viola, cello and recorder by Beethoven, Lennox Berkeley, Brahms, Elgar, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Schumann and Shostakovich. Supporting three noble charities: SHELTER LONDON, ST MARY’S CABLE STREET and TARIRO UK. Tickets £15 in aid of the good causes, to include an interval drink. For tickets please visit and search for Charity Concert Mayfair London. Tickets also on sale at the door. 


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

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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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