All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 1st December 2017

Friday 1st December 2017

Dear Friends,

Our service of readings and music for Advent this Sunday evening, popularly known as the Advent Carol Service, is arguably a more powerful marker of the beginning of the new church year and the season of preparation for Christmas than our front-loading of the Litany to High Mass (a leftover of the older view of this as a penitential season, which it isn't). In this service we recall the history of salvation, but not as in the Christmas or Epiphany sequences, or in the lengthy retelling of the Easter Vigil. Here we first focus on prophecies of the first coming of Christ and then leap forward to Paul's call for us to live so as to be ready for his return: the readings culminate in a gospel of the second coming of Christ which echoes the gospel for Mass on this day.

This enacts a reminder that Advent serves a dual purpose. On the one hand, it is the culmination of the long weeks after Trinity. Although the impact of the Christian New Year is diminished for us by the Church of England's recently-invented Kingdom Season, for virtually half the year the church has liturgically celebrated the work of the Spirit in its own life and in the life of the world. During this time we have been repeatedly reminded of our responsibility to do the work of the kingdom. But now comes the realization that, in spite of the intervention of the Spirit and in spite of the very best intentions of the people of God, the world has yet to be redeemed. And so the prayer of Advent is that Christ will soon come again to rule over God’s creation in power and in justice. 

On the other hand, Advent also takes us back to the beginning of things. Back to that time when men and women of faith yearned for the first coming of the Saviour. The season attempts to capture that spirit of hope in the midst of hopelessness, a spirit of yearning for that which seems too good to be true: some new and unique expression of God’s intention to save a world gone wrong.

Advent anticipates God’s fresh beginnings with creation in the person of Jesus Christ and at the same time celebrates the promise that that same Jesus Christ will return to consummate all history under his gracious rule. In our liturgical celebration on Sunday evening the music complements the texts with unusual richness. Do join us in marking the new season in this way as part of your preparation for Christmas.

Yours in Christ,


Fr Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest, All Saints Margaret Street 


Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Jayne Forrester, Eileen Prior, Martin Hale, Gordon Dickson, Jayne Forrester,Yvonne Craig, Thomas Vucetic, Joy Wright, Barbara Schiefer, Gwyneth Hopkins, Fr Philip Warner, Joao and Ivone Cavalcante, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Maria Magdalena Gedmanaite, Ken Hales, Nancy Gardner, Katie Marko, Beverley Ward, Catherine Paciullo and Sîan Evans.  

Those known to us recently departed: Eileen Owen, Stavroulla Pavlou, Nicholas Ball, Alfred Laitman, Michael McClean Pr, Angelo, Brenda Bowman, Gervase Babington Pr, Ian Squire, Lynette Paul, Nigel Cook, Gareth Bevan Pr and Simon Pothen Pr, Graham Robinson, Stanley Kaire and Andrew Evans.  

Those whose year’s mind occurs this week: Valerie Reddington, Margaret Rodger, Douglas Lawson, Kenneth Armstrong, Pamela Freer, Robin Fletcher, Mary Skelton, Mary Burton, Florence Duggan, William Gelson, Thomas Vaughan, Morgan Griffiths Pr, John Slater, Frances Lloyd, Zena Monk, Maude Bull, Christine Bramma and Ines Baxter.  


Saturday, 2 December
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday  

Sunday 3 December –Advent 1
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

HIGH MASS & Sermon, 11am
The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Tallis setting of the Litany
Palestrina Missa Iste Confessor
Offertory Motet: People look east – anon, arr Backhouse  

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

Sunday Lunch is being prepared by Paul Weston and John McWhinney. Menu: Irish Beef Stew with Potatoes and Cabbage. For dessert Apple and Pear Crumble with cream, followed by coffee. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop before and after Mass. 

5.15pm Low Mass
ADVENT SERVICE of READINGS & MUSIC by Candlelight, 6pm
A beautiful reflective evening of Biblical readings and seasonal music illuminated by candles at the start of Advent with the Choir of All Saints Margaret Street and opportunities for congregational hymn singing.  

This Week’s Services

Monday 4 to Friday 8 December
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 9 December
11.30 Rosary and Walsingham Devotions
12 noon Low Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham

6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 10 December – Advent 2
8am Low Mass   
10.20am Morning Prayer


HIGH MASS & Sermon, 11am
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Palestrina Missa Brevis 
Offertory Motet: Stainer How beautiful upon the mountains 

Sunday Lunch is being cooked by Frances O’Neil. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop before & after Mass. 

5.15pm Low Mass

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Canticles: Weelkes Short Service
Anthem: Ravenscroft Remember, O thou man  

Full service information:

Please join us at one of our Christmas Services
All services sung by the Choir of All Saints - full details at

Friday 15 December 12.30pm - Lunchtime Carol Service
Followed by mince pies & mulled wine

Monday 18 December 6pm - Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by candlelight
Followed by mince pies & mulled wine

Sunday 24 December 11pm
CHRISTMAS EVE - Midnight Mass and Blessing of the Crib

Monday 25 December 11am


THIS SATURDAY - POETRY TEA at PAMELA’S, Saturday 2 December, 3pm – once again generous hostess Pamela Botsford invites all literature aficionados to join her for a Poetry Tea at the start of Advent and on the theme of Christmas – poetry or prose contributions welcomed. To attend, please ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456 leaving your name & phone number.  Charge £6 - with proceeds to the All Saints’ Restoration Fund.  

HANDBAG SALE – Parish Room - Wednesday 6 (12 – 6pm) and Thursday 7 December (10am-6pm)
Love my Soul are back for two days next week with their sample sale of leather handbags and accessories. Cash or carda good opportunity for some Christmas shopping.  

REFORMATION & MUSIC TALK – Sunday 10 December, 3.30pm Parish Room
In the 500th anniversary year of the German Lutheran Reformation, Philip Norman - organist at St Marien mit St. Georg Lutheran Church London - gives a lecture enlivened with audio illustrations.  Luther’s Reformation radically altered (or did it?) the approach to church music. This talk looks firstly at Germany and the changes which took place from 1517 and over the next couple of centuries. Then, after a brief digression to look at developments within the Reformed Church in Switzerland and Holland, a closer account is given of the effects of the Reformation in England and Scotland. This talk is richly illustrated both aurally and graphically, and pulls out of the hat some of the strange developments which took place as musicians and composers tried to reconcile new concepts with old habits. We also find out why being “a musitian” can be a life-saving occupation. Refreshments will be offered with an opportunity for questions and discussions with the lecturer. You may like to come to High Mass, enjoy Frances O’Neil’s Sunday lunch and then stay on at All Saints for this talk ending with tea/coffee & biscuits or make it the pre-event before Evensong at 6pm. 

The Westminster Refugee Welcome Committee is looking for people who might be interested in volunteering to help Syrian refugees in London. They will be holding an event on 11 December to explain their work, and to outline the areas in which help can be given, including fundraising & finance, teaching English, organising access to healthcare, to schools, or to employment, organising receipt of benefits, and befriending and helping the refugees to integrate into the community. The venue for this event has yet to be decided, but contact Simon Perfect ( for more information.  

GAUDETE CHRISTMAS LUNCH - Sunday 17 December after High Mass
Tom Leeman will, once again, be preparing a special celebratory Christmas Lunch.  The tickets for this lunch go on sale on Sunday 3 December at a price of £10, including a glass of wine or soft drink of your choice.  Numbers will be limited to 40 people so please buy early to avoid disappointment.  As the 17th is the rose pink Sunday in Advent the tickets have been printed on pink paper.  Help us make this a bumper anticipatory celebration in preparation for the big event!  

NEW CHURCH BOILERS working well with the new control system almost complete – due finished w/c 4 December. The scaffolding came down this week in time for the Christmas tree to be installed.  

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.  

CHRISTMAS CARDS – replenished stocks of the 2017 card of the Virgin and Child have now arrived. Anyone who put their name down for cards with greeting message inside can now collect them from the Parish Office in the week or the Shop before or after Mass on Sunday. Cash or cheque payable to Parochial Church All Saints please. 

Many of you have already brought in items recently for our regular mission focus at the Marylebone Project – and these have been delivered this week, but they are appealing for small presents to go in their gift bags for their service users at Christmas. They suggest perfume, gloves, scarves, pyjamas, socks, notebooks, chocolates, make-up, purses and bags as great gifts. They ask that gifts be unwrapped and don’t include candles please.  

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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