All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 26th January 2018

Friday 26th January 2018

Dear Friends,  

In the Gospel on Sunday (Mark 1.21-28), Jesus is teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum. Mark tells us that people were “astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.”  

At their ordination, priests of the Church of England are presented with a Bible. The Bishop says to them:  

“Receive this book, as a sign of the authority which God has given you this day to preach the gospel of Christ, and to minister his holy sacraments.”  

Earlier in the service, the bishop has asked them:  

“Will you be diligent in prayer, in reading Holy Scripture, and in all studies that will deepen your faith and fit you to bear witness to the truth of the gospel?”  

The “scribes” were experts on the Law and its interpretation. In a society governed by that Law, they were important figures. People would ask them how the law was to be applied in new situations. Most of their decisions would be based on established precedents and opinions. They were not usually independent-minded or innovative figures. In the gospels they are among the most determined critics of Jesus. He was an outsider who had not studied as they had.  

Jesus's distinctive authority is an uncomfortable one for priests and preachers because we are in effect the Church's scribes. Our responsibility is to interpret the scriptures and teach the faith. Behind me as I write are shelves of commentaries on the scriptures; aids to those studies of which the Ordinal speaks.  The risk we run and must guard against is of becoming the enemies of Jesus!  

His authority lies in being “the Holy One of God.” While this relationship is unique, there are aspects of it which those who are entrusted with responsibility to preach the gospel and teach the faith– and given authority to do so - can and should seek to make their own.  

At the heart of Jesus' relationship with the Father is prayer and so the Ordinal links prayer and study.  Preachers should be both students, turning to the books of greater minds who have studied before them, and people who pray those scriptures. So the Church of England expects its clergy to pray the Divine Office, most of which is scripture, day by day.  

Here at All Saints, we do just that, at Morning and Evening Prayer. Following the Lectionary, the system of readings prescribed for the Office and the Eucharist, means that we do not just read our favourite bits of the Bible; the ones which chime in with our opinions. We have to pay attention to those that don't.  

Over the years in which I have been preparing and preaching sermons, the revision of the lectionary and a renewed sense of the real presence of Christ in Word as well as Sacrament, has produced more commentaries which are real aids to preaching and not just academic exercises.  

At the same time, there has been a revived interest in the prayerful reading of scripture: in the monastic tradition of lectio divina or reflective reading, or in Ignatian imaginative meditation with a purpose.  These practices remind us that our living with scripture in study and prayer is meant to change our lives before it can change those of others. In the language of John's Gospel, the words have to become flesh in us.  

Clergy are expected to study so that we can preach and teach – something more than our own enthusiasms or prejudices.  Preachers' study needs prayer if it is not to become arid.  Their prayer needs study if it is not to become sentimental and trivial.  

At the heart of Jesus' relationship with his hearers is his knowledge of the world they shared. So preacher's studies should not be confined to a closed world of Scripture or theology. They must include the world in which we live, so that we might speak to it in language it understands.  

The Church of England is committing increasing amounts of money to new ventures in mission. At the same time, it is struggling to fund the training of an increasing number of ordinands.  The temptation will be to economize by reducing the time devoted to preparation in study and prayer. That would be an austerity programme likely to impoverish us all.

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, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Clive Wright, Andy Ryder, David Webb, Stewart Lyon, Amy Eng, Patience Yartey, Jacqui Birt, Simon Ensor, Renée Olivier, Maggie Durran, Martin Hale, Jayne Forrester, Thomas Vucetic, Joy Wright, Barbara Schiefer, Fr Philip Warner, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Ken Hales, Beverley Ward and Sian Evans.                         

Those known to us recently departed: Sandie Burwell, Eileen Prior, Bill Kirkpatrick Priest, Harry Spellar, George Stokes, Kevin Harford, Mark Rittner, Peter Blackburn Priest, John Sunderland, Destiny Muirhead, Jean Brackston and Victoria Ankrah.  

Anniversaries of death this week: Annie Benniston, Vera Martin, John Brackley, Barbara Niemyska, George Flack, Norah Lawrence, Doris Foster, Judith Pulteney, Violet Akers, Leonard Forsyth, Reginald Oxley, Jean Phillips, Sarah Hutchinson, John Rose, John Pollard, Florence White, Pamela Powis, Alfred Buhagiar, Sydney Barradell and Cecilia Gamble. 


Sunday 28 January, Epiphany 4
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Shepherd "The Western Wind" (Kyrie – Orbis Factor) 
Victoria Ave Maria à 8 

Jean Harmsworth and Theresa Moses invite you to enjoy a glass of wine or a soft drink after the service as they share birthdays today.  Please join them as they give thanks for the past year. 

SUNDAY LUNCH – Robin Clutterham will be cooking Roast Beef, roast potatoes, carrots and cabbage followed by dessert and coffee. Tickets £6 available from the Parish Shop before and after Mass.

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Wood Setting in E flat, No.2 
Bairstow Save us, O Lord 

ORGAN RECITAL at 7.15pm (after Benediction)
Jeremiah Stephenson
will play all five movements – Allegro, Adagio, Intermezzo, Cantabile and Final – of Widor’s 6me Symphonie op 42 no 2. Entry is free, with retiring collection (£5 recommended) in aid of the choir and music of All Saints Margaret Street. The All Saints licensed Club/Bar will be open after the recital.


Monday 29 January – Friday 2 February
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 (except Friday) 

Friday 2 February
Candlemas HIGH MASS, 6.30pm
Preacher: Canon Dennis Stamps, Rector of Harpenden 
Mozart Missa Brevis in C, K258 
Byrd Senex puerum portabat à 5 

Saturday 3 February (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 4 February, 2nd Sunday before Lent
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Howells Collegium Regale (in English)
Mathias As truly as God is our Father 

Sunday Lunch will be available – Chris Self will be cooking. Tickets £6.  

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Canticles: Howells Setting in G 
Wood Hail, gladdening light 

All Sunday services and weekday High Masses sung by the Choir of All Saints - full details at


For a second week we are hosting the Korean Church that usually worships in the Welsh Chapel, Eastcastle Street. 300 people attended the Sunday afternoon service last week and were most grateful for our assisting them as they were displaced by the upheaval of removing the Chapel organ and its many pipes for restoration.  

Another group of ‘refugees’ from the Welsh Chapel organ works was the West End Musical Choir – 100 strong they also came to All Saints on Tuesday evening and thoroughly enjoyed singing in our fine acoustic.  

Altogether, with the Lumiere London volunteers based in the Parish Room last weekend, that’s about 500 people to whom All Saints has been introduced for the first time in the last seven days. We hope some of them may return on other occasions! 

The PCC decided that the proceeds of our Lenten Collections will be shared equally between our three regular Mission Projects (the Marylebone Project, the Soup Kitchen at the American Church, Tottenham Court Road and USPG - UMOJA - HIV Project) and the Bishop’s Lent Appeal (for a dozen small grass—roots church homeless projects). Two of our own projects already chime particularly well with the theme of the Bishop’s Appeal, as does our practical support for the neighbouring Jesus Centre through gifts of warm clothing.

The collections gathered at the services of Tenebrae and Good Friday along with the contents of individual Lent boxes (to be available from Church on Ash Wednesday) will be shared equally between the four charities.


Weekly meetings until Easter (excluding 31 Jan, 14 Feb & 28 March). Next meeting on Wednesday 7 February at 7pm (after Evening Mass) in the Vicarage. Bishop Stephen Platten will conduct the confirmations at the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil on Saturday 31 March.  


THE COMMEMORATION OF THE MARTYRDOM OF KING CHARLES I, Tuesday 30 January - The Banqueting House, Whitehall - 11.40 am. Commemoration (outside the Banqueting House) and
12 noon - HIGH MASS (upstairs in the Banqueting House beneath the Rubens ceiling).
Preacher: The Revd. Julian Browning. All welcome.  

The Guild Church of St Margaret Pattens - The Associate Vicar and the Churchwardens invite you to a special memorial service to be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, 31 January when we will remember the commander and crew of HM submarine K4 which sank on 31st January 1918 off the Isle of May, Fife. The service will be attended by relatives of those who perished, and conducted by Revd Andrew Keep MA STM. An address will be given by the Venerable Stephen Robbins, Chaplain General of the Army (retired). The service will be followed by refreshments.

RSVP to The Administrator, St Margaret Pattens Church, Rood Lane, Eastcheap, London EC3M 1HS. Email: Telephone: 020 7623 6630. 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 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, which provides a regular drop-in and 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 also collects women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home! Thank you to those who have brought things in during the cold weather – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets continue to be much appreciated.

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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