All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 2nd March 2018

Friday 2nd March 2018

Dear Friends, 

Jesus enters the Temple. In a blazing outburst of the wrath of God he takes the place apart. Why does Jesus take a whip to the merchants and money changers? And what does John intend by telling the story at this point in his gospel, immediately after his first 'sign' at the wedding at Cana.

Did Jesus object to the extent to which the temple, the sign of God’s presence with his people, had become a commercial enterprise? The disciples see it that way; the other gospel writers record Jesus’ angry quotation from Jeremiah that the temple authorities have turned it into a ‘den of thieves’. I don't think I’ve ever heard a sermon on this text that wasn’t about trading in the temple (or the church). But the 'den of thieves' accusation probably isn't about that. In Mark, the earliest writer and our earliest source here, Jesus combines quotations from Isaiah and Jeremiah:

‘my house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations, but you have made it a den of robbers.’

That is about access to the Temple for all, about inclusivity in the house of God. There was, in any case, a legitimate trading area in the Temple. This incident, reported in all four gospels, is about more than decrying religious commercialism. 

Clearly there's a link in the talk of 'signs' from the previous incident in Cana: then the Jews said to him 'What sign can you show us for doing this?'

In response, using the word 'temple' of his body, Jesus prophesies his death and resurrection. This corresponds to John's earlier allusion to Zechariah ('zeal for your house will consume me') and the replacement of the temple sacrifice with Jesus' own suffering. This is one of many double meanings in Jesus' discourse as reported by John (e.g. 'born anew/from above') which are taken literally by the listeners (sometimes with comic effect) but are understood by those in the know:

But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he had risen from the dead his disciples remembered that he had said this... 

We have that hindsight. We are given the story as part of our own preparation for Holy Week and Easter. It is a good example of how looking for the big picture (eternal life), rather than trying to justify legalism (no trading on church premises) is always the best way to read scripture.

After he had risen from the dead his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. 

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, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Jane Gadney, Sister Margaret Anne OHP, Roger Walker, David Eckland, Peter Brentnall, Hannah Laura, 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, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Ken Hales, Beverley Ward and Sian Evans.                      

Those known to us recently departed: Brian Shillito, Tony de Vere, George Dickson, Caroline Farrer, Claire Cullinan Brown, Bill Cullinan, Harry Yardley, John Reddington, Hazel Gedge, Joseph Goetz Pr, Heather Humphrey Pr and Mark Moroney. 

Anniversaries of death this week: Kenneth Edwards, Alfred Gorse, George Holden (4th Vicar of All Saints), Gwen Ogilvy, Alice Sutton, Phyllis Wickner, Brigid Beattie-Moriarty, George Gorse, Hope Harris, John Cook, Arthur Smallwood, Alice Styan, Dorothy Gregory and Dennis Cooper Pr.  


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

Sunday 4 March, 3rd Sunday of Lent
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Victoria Quarti Toni  
Blow Salvator Mundi  

SUNDAY LUNCH – Paul Weston is preparing ratatouille of chicken with garlic, red onion, bell peppers, courgettes &aubergine. John McWhinney is baking an apple & pear crumble with walnuts & rosemary with double cream.  Tickets £6 from the Parish Shop before or after Mass. 

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Lent 3 Sermon theme – Fasting and Denial
Weelkes The Short Service   
Byrd Emendemus in melius  

7.15pm (after Benediction)
Programme: Bairstow, Mozart, Franck and Harris. Retiring collection to support the Choir and Music at All Saints (suggested donation £5). The All Saints Licensed Club/Bar will open after the recital. 


Monday 5 – Friday 9 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 – 6.30pm Low Mass followed by
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and 8.30pm Compline
Friday – 7pm Stations of the Cross

Saturday 10 March (Church opens at 11am)
11.30pm Rosary & Walsingham Devotions

12 noon Low Mass Our Lady of Walsingham
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Sunday 11 March, 4th Sunday of Lent
Laetare, Mothering Sunday
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Mozart Spatzenmesse K 220
Bonnet Ave Maria

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Sermon Theme: Reading and Meditating on God's Holy Word
Stanford Canticles in G 
Rheinberger Ave Maria

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 the Vicar, Fr Alan Moses. 

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 – please join us as weather warms up – new heating means Church is a very comfortable temperature!
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 second occasion this week, in spite of the snow and bitter wind blowing, fourteen people came together in choir to practice with Tim Byram-Wigfield (Director of Music) and then enjoyed singing Compline – we should love to be joined by more of you in the third week of Lent. Compline is 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 7 March 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.   

Monday 12 March (after Evening Mass at 6.30pm) 7pm – PCC Meeting in the Parish Room  

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. 


'Keeping Faith at Work' ~ Lent Addresses 

St Matthew's Westminster 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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