All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 6th April 2018

Friday 6th April 2018

Dear Friends, 

Poor Thomas labelled “Doubting” ever since the first Easter.

St. John does not tell us why he was not with the other disciples of that first Easter Day. One commentator sees this as a salutary warning to us not to miss church on Sundays: you never know who you might miss! 

Thomas was not the only disciple we hear of doubting the resurrection in the gospels. John seems to use him as a representative figure for all those for whom the testimony of others is not enough. They demand physical proof; the evidence of their own eyes. 

There is something of Thomas in many of us and he has become something of an unofficial patron saint of doubters and sceptics. 

Certainty is the opposite of faith, not doubt and questioning. I have just been reading Rebecca Stott’s account In the Days of Rain of her upbringing in the Exclusive Brethren.  The rigid doctrinal and moral standards rigorously enforced in that sect with its rejection of the learning of a world that doomed to destruction,   make me feel grateful for the freer atmosphere of Anglicanism in which learning from science and asking questions are not mortal sins. 

However, we do need to read Thomas’s story to the end.  Jesus grants him the physical proof he has demanded: “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side.” John does not tell us if Thomas took up the invitation, but Jesus goes on: “Do not doubt but believe.” Thomas’s response to this challenge is, perhaps surprisingly, the strongest testimony to the divinity of Jesus in the New Testament: “My Lord and my God.” 

Jesus puts the same challenge to us. He also tells us that we are blessed if we do believe on the testimony of others; which is what most of us have to do. 

Thomas represents us in our ‘Seeing is Believing’ mode. But ‘seeing’ for John is to do with more than the physically visible; it means discerning who Jesus truly is. That “seeing” leads to a “believing” which is not just an intellectual exercise but a faithful relationship in which we grow in the knowledge and love of  the risen Christ and come to know his presence in our lives and communities. 

The possibility of that seeing and believing for the doubting and questioning is not safeguarded by the Church watering down its doctrine to lowest common denominators but by its commitment to the scriptures, the creeds, the liturgy and sacraments, disciplines and practices.  We do not stick to these because they are safe and familiar but because they provide the context in which doubt and questions can issue in exploring the mystery of the Divine and believing in the One who is our Lord and our God. 

Yours in the Risen Christ, 

 

Fr. Alan Moses, Vicar, 
All Saints Margaret Street 

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER DIARY

Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Peter Brentnall, Ruth Watson, Ray Toms, Roy Meadowcroft Keith Bevan, Luiz-Antonio Neto, Judy Stewart,Jane Gadney, Sr Margaret Anne OHP, David Eckland,  Yvonne Burgess-Jones, Frances Goodchild, Dave Kynnersley, Patricia Searle, David Webb, Patience Yartey, Jacqui Birt, Simon Ensor, Maggie Durran, Martin Hale, Jayne Forrester, Barbara Schiefer, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis, Ken Hales, Beverley Ward and Sian Evans.   

Those known to us recently departed: William Cullinan, Clare Cullinan Brown, Janet White, Sr Marian Eva OHP, Joy Wright, Alphonso Casarini, Andrew Core, Jim Dowell, Ian Stewartby, Bryan Hollins and Hetty Vosper.

Anniversaries of death this week: Leonard Neville, Muriel Vickery, Richard Davall, Minnie Webb, Olive Routledge, Evelyn Light, Cecil Higgins, Ada Spicer, Anne Garside, Cyril Golding-Bird Bp, Thomas Harold Pr, Brian Phillips, Maud Woodin, Mildred Banyard, Roy Sutherland, Edith Wood, Norman Peryer, Eric Yates, John Rogers, Denis Burke, Justin Kelly, Robert Middleton, David Evans, Stephen Woolley and Friederica Francis Swinburne Benefactor.  

WORSHIP THIS WEEK at ALL SAINTS: 

EASTER 2, SUNDAY 8 April 
11am HIGH MASS
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Stanford Communion Service in F and B flat 
Holst This have I done for my true love 

Sunday Lunch is prepared by Judith Mather this week. The menu is: Lasagne, salad & garlic bread followed by fruit surprise coffee and biscuits. Tickets £6 available from the All Saints’ Shop before and after Mass.

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm 
Eve of the Feast of the Annunciation 
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Tavener Collegium Regale
Mendelssohn Ave Maria 

Monday 9 – Friday 13 April
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 (on Monday Feast of the Annunciation Low Mass with Hymns) 

Saturday 14 April (Church opens 11am) 
11.30 Rosary and Walsingham Devotions
12 noon Low Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham

5.30pm Confessions  
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday  

EASTER 3, Sunday 15 April 
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Schubert Mass in G    
Philips Ecce vicit Leo

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm
To mark the 50th Anniversary of the closure of the All Saints Choir School
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Dyson in D   
S. S. Wesley Blessed be the God and Father

Former choristers have been invited to attend the service and it would be good to give them a warm welcome as we celebrate the great choral tradition of All Saints.  

All Sunday services and weekday High Masses sung by the Choir of All Saints - full details at www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk.

WEEKLY NOTICES and FUTURE EVENTS at ALL SAINTS  

BOOKLETS OF FR HUGH WYBREW’S HOLY WEEK SERMONS are now available from the Parish Shop before and after High Mass on Sundays - £2 each.  

Joy Wright’s Funeral will be at All Saints on Tuesday 10 April, 11am.

LENT APPEAL 2018 – please give generously by 29 April
The proceeds of our Lenten boxes, Tenebrae and Good Friday Collections will go to four good causes, being 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. 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.  

ALL SAINTS’ ELECTORAL ROLL closed for revision Wednesday 28 March
No further entries may be made before the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. Inclusion on the Roll is the qualification to attend, participate & vote at the Meeting, or to be nominated for office.  Catherine T Burling, Electoral Roll Officer  

Sunday 22 April 2018, 12.45pm MEETING OF PARISHIONERS and ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING - A Meeting of Parishioners will be held in Church, at which Churchwardens for the year 2018 - 2019 will be appointed. All persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll of the parish and all persons resident in the parish whose names are entered on a register of local government electors by reason of such residence are eligible to attend. Any person wishing to be considered for the Post of Churchwarden must be (a) 21 years of age or over, (b) on the Electoral Roll and (c) an actual communicant member of the Church of England. Nominations must be proposed and seconded, and candidates must indicate their willingness to stand. In addition, candidates are asked to submit a short typed or clearly written statement giving the reasons for their wishing to stand, and the benefits they could bring to the post if appointed. Nominations for the post of Churchwarden MAY NOT be made at the meeting.   

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) will follow immediately. Only persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll are eligible to attend. At the meeting FIVE members of the laity will be elected to serve on the Parochial Church Council for the years 2018 – 2021. Retiring members of the Council are: Patrick Hartley, Elaine Norman, Huw Pryce, Christopher Swift and Colin Symes. Of these, all are eligible for re-election except Patrick Hartley who has completed two consecutive three-year terms. Candidates for election must be (a) on the Electoral Roll, (b) at least 16 years of age, and (c) actual communicant members of the Church of England. All nominations must be proposed and seconded by persons on the Electoral Roll and all candidates must indicate a willingness to stand. In addition, candidates are asked to submit a short typed or clearly handwritten statement giving their reasons for standing for election. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Parish Administrator.  Although nominations may be made at the meeting, it would be helpful if completed nomination forms, together with statements, are returned to the Parish Administrator at the Parish Office by Friday 13 April to enable the papers to be available one week before the Annual Meeting. The Sidesmen and Independent Auditor for the year 2018 – 2019 will be appointed at the meeting.

EVENTS BEYOND ALL SAINTS
The Council of Christians and Jews’ Central London branch and St Martin-in-the-Fields extend a warm invitation to everyone to attend an interfaith event at St Martin’s on Monday 23 April, 7pm to 8.30 pm

The Revd Dr Sam Wells and Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger CBE will be speaking on Forgiveness in Text and Life and fielding questions. It promises to be a fascinating evening. This is a chance to meet with old friends and make new ones as well as to reconnect with this important interfaith initiative.

ALL SAINTS MISSION PROJECTS

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.

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
* If you would like to encourage others to take an interest in All Saints/keep up with what is happening here
, please forward this email on to them, or to people you would like to invite to services or tell them about our websitewww.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk, which has a full colour 360 virtual tour for viewing the wonderfully restored interior of the Church – see www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk/history/virtual tour – before a visit or if unable to travel. 

If you know of others (near or far) who would like to receive this regular update on what’s happening at All Saints please encourage them to sign up for the email on the All Saints website – see the tab News & Events> Weekly Newsletter. https://www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk/news/email.

* If you would like any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact:  

The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, London W1 W 8JG
Vicar: The Revd Prebendary Alan Moses
T: 07973 878040 E: alanmoses111@gmail.com (Day off: Saturday)

Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: mnrbowie@gmail.com (Day off: Wednesday)

Confessions 
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: astsmgtst@aol.com

Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk/prayer. 

Safeguarding Officers: Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and: Janet Drake (Children)  

allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk
www.facebook.com/AllSaintsMargaretStreet.
 


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