All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 13th April 2018

Friday 13th April 2018

Dear Friend,

The Gospel for this Sunday (Luke 24:36–48) relates an appearance of the risen Jesus to the disciples, one that will help transform their startled incredulity into worship and evangelism. 

Perhaps to the surprise of those of us who live on this side of the Enlightenment, the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus is inextricably linked not only to the study of scripture but also to engagement in mission:

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.”                                                     (24.47-48) 

This is a salutary reminder, not least because we hear a lot about mission and mission strategies, usually requiring us to change what we do together in church and trying to convince us that we need training in marketing and PR, without which the church is, apparently, useless. Most of this is bunk. Mission is clearly described above: the proclamation of something, repentance and forgiveness of sins, to which we are witnesses. Already. 

We all know that 'witness' translates the Greek word 'martyr', a word which we now use more narrowly of those whose 'witness' involves the loss of their earthly life. But 'witness' means what it says: a witness has experience of what he or she proclaims. 

Mission, proclamation of 'repentance and forgiveness' (which means unconditional acceptance by God when we approach him honestly and truthfully), is something we experience by growth in our Christian life. This is not doctrine to be taught or learned, but a joyous example to be shared. 

We are all commissioned by our baptism to be witnesses to the risen Christ. We have received unconditional acceptance by grace. We are called to model that and share it. That's the only strategy of the Gospel. 

Yours in the Risen Christ, 

Fr Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest
All Saints Margaret Street 

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER DIARY

Those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers
Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Elizabeth Lual, Lucy Lloyd, Mary Fast, Brian Prosser, Martin & Carol Gooder, 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, Barbara Schiefer, Rose Smith and Fr Graham Francis. 

Those known to us recently departed
Tony Halsey Pr, Joy Wright, Alphonso Casarini, Andrew Core, Jim Dowell, Ian Stewartby, Bryan Hollins, Hetty Vosper, Maurice Cochrane, Paul Fettke, Surean Senanayake, Maria Avila, Richard Maskell, Wendy Baillie and Christine Egan. 

Anniversaries of death this week
Rose Lethbridge, Christopher Dean,Evelyn Cowe, Mary Gotto, Geoffrey Heald, Pr, Marilyn Goggin, Ian Miller, Basil Harris, Rita Clark, Judith Barrett, Sadie Campbell, Tim Hewlett, Hugh Whitlow, Rex Halliwell, Irene Vile, Kathleen Bates, Hilary Waters, Henry Falconer Barclay Mackay (Fifth Vicar of All Saints), Margaret Forsyth, Constance Cavan, Alicia Bolton, Constance Briscoe and David Mason Pr. 

WORSHIP THIS WEEK at ALL SAINTS:

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

SUNDAY LUNCH is prepared by Robin Clutterham and team. The menu is: Roast leg of lamb, baby new potatoes, sugar snap peas and carrots. Followed by Eton Mess. Tickets £6 at the All Saints’ Shop before & after Mass. 

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm
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. Followed by drinks in the All Saints Licensed (Club) bar.  

Monday 16 – Friday 20 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  

Saturday 21 April (Church opens 11am)
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

EASTER 4, Sunday 22 April
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Vierne Messe Solennelle 
Weelkes Alleluia! I heard a voice

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Murrill Canticles in E  
Wood Haec Dies à 6

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

The Wright family wishes to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to so many friends at All Saints for their prayers and loving support on the death of our beloved Joy and at her funeral.

Booklets of Fr Hugh Wybrew’s Holy Week Sermons
are available from the Parish Shop before and after High Mass on Sundays - £2 each. 

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 now revised – please check your entry in the list on the table by the Church door. 

Sunday 22 April 2018, 12.45pm MEETING OF PARISHIONERS and ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM) - 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 (and send an email where possible to astsmgtst@aol.com) giving their reasons for standing for election. Nomination forms may be obtained from the Parish Administrator and can be submitted up until and at the 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. 

THY KINGDOM COME, 10 – 20 May – if you would like to join in, please see resources on the Church table

Now in its third year, participation has grown every year for the Archbishop of Canterbury and York’s annual global time of ecumenical prayer running from Ascension to Pentecost.  Thy Kingdom Come is a simple invitation to pray for friends and family to come to faith. In 2016 – 100,000 Christians pledged to pray. By 2017 – more than half a million had pledged to pray from more than 85 countries including Ghana, Netherlands, Malaysia, Cuba, South Africa, Australia, Korea, Japan and the Philippines. The positive impact of Thy Kingdom Come 2017 continues to unfold as numerous stories of personal and communal transformation pour in from churches, families and whole communities alike. 

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK this year is 13 – 19 May. Full details can be found at: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week. The related Circle the City Sponsored Walk (21 years old this year) takes place on Sunday 20 May to mark the end of the week and to book a place as a group or an individual go to: ctc2018.eventbrite.co.uk or call 020 7523 2363.

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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