All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 23rd February 2018

Friday 23rd February 2018

Dear Friends,  

Our reading from Genesis on Sunday (17.1-7, 15-16) presents us with the aged figures of Abraham and Sarah – not exactly models you might think for churches in the West fretting anxiously about the dearth of young people in their ranks.  But the biblical couple turn out not to fit the stereotype of elderly reluctance to change. Already in old age, they had left their home in Haran and followed the call and promise of God through a series of adventures and dangers.  Now even older, they might well have thought that the only thing the future held was death and oblivion: God's promises and their hopes reduced, like their mortal bodies, to dust.   

God's relationship with Abraham and Sarah follows a pattern which begins with the Genesis account of creation and is repeated throughout scripture. The Church speaks of God creating out of nothing.  Time and again, and not least with Abraham and Sarah, God will use the most improbable people to carry out his work. Just as God had intervened to call them from their settled life to set out on a journey in faith, so now he promises them a future through the birth of a child in their old age.  

Within the Church of England there are many who assume that the catholic tradition, in which All Saints is rooted, is as barren and fruitless as Abram and Sarai. Even worse, it often seems determined not to leave the security of its particular Haran on a pilgrimage into the unknown but to stay firmly put. Perhaps many of us fear in our heart of hearts that this may indeed be so.  

In the Letter to the Romans (4.13-35), Paul - the persecutor-turned-apostle - presents Abraham as a model of faith in God. But as in Genesis, the initiative comes from God and it is this which gives birth to the response of trust.  For Paul the basis for faith, and therefore a relationship with God, lies in the act of the one “who gives life to the dead and calls into existence things that do not exist.”   

The covenant which God establishes with Abraham, and others in the Old Testament, foreshadows the New Covenant established by Jesus Christ. It is this divinely-initiated relationship which we celebrate in the Eucharist. This covenant, we should remember, was inaugurated with disciples who were no more promising a basis for something new and extraordinary than we are.  But God has been making do with the likes of us since the beginning.  Dare we trust him to do it again with us?  

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, Mark Moroney, Jane Gadney, Sister Margaret Anne OHP, Roger Walker, David Eckland, Peter Brentnall, Hannalore, Wyn McHenry, Yvonne Burgess-Jones, Frances Goodchild, Dave Kynnersley, Patricia Searle, David Webb, Stewart Lyon, Amy Eng, Patience Yartey, Jacqui Birt, Simon Ensor, Maggie Durran, Martin Hale, Jayne Forrester, 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: Roy Brown Pr, Brian Shillito, Tony de Vere, George Dickson, Caroline Farrer, Claire Cullinan Brown, Bill Cullinan, Harry Yardley and John Reddington. 

Anniversaries of death this week: Eleanor Alaway, Derek Beavan, Diana Stonebanks, Yoskyl Brackley, Ian Searle, Lionel Ryan, Catherine Thomas, Alexander Finnis, Martin Mogridge, Dennis Gill, William Batey, Gertrude Bennett, Charles Bewick Pr, Frances Lightfoot, Catherine Packer, Ernest Gittins, Walter Freeth, Bridget Wright and Marion Badger.  


Saturday 24 February (Church opens at 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Sunday 25 February, 1st Sunday of Lent
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Byrd Mass in five parts 
Tallis Salvator Mundi I 

SUNDAY LUNCH – John Forde is cooking Cottage Pie and fresh fruit will be served afterwards. Coffee will be available. Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop before or after Mass.  

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
(Lent 2 Sermon theme: Prayer)                                       
Gibbons The Short Service 
Palestrina Sicut cervus  


Monday 26 February – Friday 2 March
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  

Thursday 1 March Late Night Praying and Compline at 8.30pm. 

Friday 2 March 7pm Stations of the Cross

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

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


TONIGHT and all Fridays in Lent please join us in walking the way of the Cross:
Stations of the Cross 7pm,
after the Evening Mass at 6.30pm. Led by Fr Michael Bowie.  

Lenten Sermons at Evensong 
The sermons at Evensong on the first four Sundays of Lent will be on the Lenten practices to which the Church calls us:

“Brothers and sisters in Christ, since early days Christians have observed with great devotion the time of our Lord's passion and resurrection and prepared for this by a season of penitence and fasting.

By carefully keeping these days, Christians take to heart the call to repentance and the assurance of forgiveness proclaimed in the Gospel, and so grow in faith and in devotion to our Lord. I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance, by prayer, fasting and self-denial, and by reading and meditating on God's holy word.”                                  
The Liturgy of Ash Wednesday, Common Worship

Lent 1 Self-Examination and Repentance             Fr. Julian Browning

Lent 2 Prayer                                                         Fr. Michael Bowie

Lent 3 Fasting and Self-Denial                                     The Vicar

Lent 4 Reading and Meditating on God's Holy Word    The Vicar

Late Night Praying on Thursdays 
In a new initiative this year, Church is staying open after Evening Mass each Thursday in Lent with an opportunity for Eucharistic adoration with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (the sacred host is removed from the tabernacle and placed in the monstrance on the high altar) and private prayer. The evening concludes by participating in the ancient plainchant office of Compline (Late Night Prayer) at 8.30pm. On the first night this week, thirteen people came together in choir to practice and then enjoyed singing Compline – we should love to be joined by more of you in the second week of Lent. Compline comes from the Latin completorium – meaning completion. It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. All welcome.  

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 Tackling Homelessness Together (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 our neighbours in Margaret Street – the 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 (now available in the Baptistery) will be shared equally between the four charities. If you can’t get to All Saints but would like to contribute to these very worthy causes, please donate by BACS to All Saints Nat West Account: 04559452, Sort Code 60-09-15, with APPEAL and your surname as the reference or make out a cheque to Parochial Church All Saints and send it to the Parish Office, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG in an envelope marked LENT APPEAL. If you are a UK tax payer and would like us to claim Gift Aid on your donation, please include a note to say that, supplying your full name, address and post code. Thank you.


Weekly meetings until Easter (excluding 28 March). Next meeting on Wednesday 28 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. 

Sunday 4 March, 7.15pm (after Benediction) ORGAN RECITAL
TIM BYRAM-WIGFIELD, Director of Music All Saints 
Programme: Bairstow, Mozart, Franck and Harris. 
Retiring collection to support the Choir and Music at All Saints (suggested donation £5).

Saturday 24 March, 3pm POETRY TEA at PAMELA’S 
The theme will be ‘Life’. You can bring poetry or prose. To attend, please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the church courtyard, or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456, leaving your name and contact number. 

Charge £6 – proceeds to the All Saints Restoration Fund.  


This year the Parish Retreat will be from 11-13 May at Bishop Woodford House in Ely. It will be conducted by Fr Philip Bevan. If you want to come, or would like further information, please contact Martin Woolley on 07976 275383 or at Rooms will be allocated in the order in which bookings are received. 


TODAY Pope Francis calls for a Worldwide Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace

Pope Francis has invited Christians, members of all faiths, women and men of goodwill to join him in praying for an end to violence and conflict, especially in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We are encouraged to invite other Christian Churches and members of different religions to join us in praying and fasting for peace today, during the first full week of Lent, when fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence. It’s also Family fast Day.  

Pope Francis specifically asked members of other faiths to join in the initiative in any way they can. He highlighted the vital role that religions play in achieving and consolidating peace and urged members of other faith communities to take up the appeal and to join in “moments of prayer, fasting and reflection, according to their own traditions and in their own places of worship”.  The Pope added: “Everyone, in their own conscience, before God, should ask: What can I do for peace? We certainly can pray, but not only: each one of us can say concretely “no” to violence in their own way. Because the victories obtained with violence are false victories while working for peace does everyone good!”  

Swiss Church in London Art Exhibition
Mary Branson - "A Conversation with my Mother"
Today & Saturday
24 February 10am – 9pm. Admission free.
Her first large installation since the iconic New Dawn in the Houses of Parliament (a contemporary light sculpture celebrating Women's Suffrage. It is sited at the entrance to St Stephen’s Hall, Houses of Parliament and is a permanent addition to the Parliamentary Art Collection, as well as the first piece of abstract art commissioned for permanent display in the historic Palace of Westminster).

A Conversation with My Mother explores the notion of loss through dementia and the power of the subconscious to offer insights into the nature of grief.
Artist’s talk and discussion: Sat 24 February, 6pm. For further details about the artist click here.  

'Keeping Faith at Work' ~ Lent Addresses 
St Matthew's is teaming up again with St Stephen's, Rochester Row to deliver a series of talks exploring faith in areas of public or professional life, including what it is like to practise a faith while working in various arenas, and how the two may inspire each other. The talks will take place every Wednesday through Lent at 7pm. Doors open for refreshments at 6.30pm.

Keeping Faith in Politics
28 February ~ St Stephen's Rochester Row
Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker

Keeping Faith in Business
7 March ~ St Matthew's Westminster
William Morris, PWC

Keeping Faith in Public Service
14 March ~ St Stephen's Rochester Row
Paula Vennells, Chief Executive, The Post Office

Keeping Faith in Justice
21 March ~ St Matthew's Westminster
Brian Gill, former Lord Justice General of Scotland  

Monday, 12 March, 6.45pm Churches Together in Westminster - Meet the Neighbours
The Jesuit Church of the  Immaculate Conception (Farm Street) 114 Mount Street W1K 3AH
The Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception are opening their doors to all who would like to find out more about this fascinating church. The visit will include a welcome and introduction to 'Farm Street today', a talk on the Mount Street Jesuit Centre, as well as on the history of English Jesuits, a tour of the church, and a service of Evening Prayer in the Roman Rite. The evening will finish with a buffet, and there is a Roman Catholic Mass at 6pm to which all are also welcome. If you would like to attend, please contact Scott McCombe at  

Monday, 19 March, 6:45pm 
Democracy and the Common Good, St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's will be hosting a public debate with Michael Sandel - What has become of the common good? Is democracy in peril? Join Michael Sandel at St Paul's Cathedral for a lively discussion on how we might promote a national conversation to address current widespread economic and cultural insecurity. Michael Sandel will be available for a book signing at the end of this event. Books will also be on sale. The event is free, though a donation of £5 towards the cost of running the event would be welcomed. Further details 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 STILL 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 already brought things in during the cold weather – those contributions of shirts, trousers, warm sweaters and blankets continue to be much appreciated.

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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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