All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 20th April 2018

Friday 20th April 2018

PARISH EMAIL LETTER   20th APRIL, 2018 

Dear Friends,

All Saints has been in the news twice of late; not because of its architecture or worship or music, but because of its welcome to the homeless. First in the Sunday Times, and then on BBC television. 

When journalists contact the clergy in the week around Christmas or Easter, we are well-advised to be on our guard, lest we find ourselves being accused in print of not believing in the incarnation or the resurrection. 

However, on these occasions there was no hostile agenda. Both journalists were looking at the rise in rough sleeping in London and the response of churches to it.  So the Sunday Times came to us and the result was an almost full-page spread on Easter Day.  The BBC approached us and St. James's Piccadilly and Canon Lucy Winkett and I were interviewed for the London TV news. 

Our two parishes are different in some ways, architecture being only one of them, but we share a common approach in providing space for the homeless to sleep during the day.  We both do this while maintaining our church's roles as sacred space, houses of prayer and worship. 

If we are asked why we do this, then we could find few better answers than that provided in the epistle at Mass on Sunday (1 John 3.16-24):  “How does God's love abide in anyone who has the world's goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?   Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” 

The passage begins by saying that we know what God's love is like from his actions: sending Christ to share our life and to be the good shepherd we hear about in Sunday Gospel (John 10.11-18) who laid down his life for us. That self-giving love is the pattern for Christian discipleship; the working of grace in our lives.  

Sometimes it involves the extraordinary: a literal laying down of life; as in the cases of two good shepherds of Christ's flock:  Martin Luther King whose murder 50 years age we commemorated recently, and Archbishop Oscar Romero, shot down as he celebrated Mass, and who will be canonized later this year.  Both died as a result of their refusal to be silent in the face of cruelty and injustice suffered by their people. 

For most of us it is more a matter of day-to-day faithfulness in the ordinary duties of home and family, work and community.  Sometimes these are things we have chosen; others, like those people sleeping in our church, are chosen for us. But it is loving faithfulness in the little things, “the daily round, the common task,” which prepares us to meet greater demands, 

It is God's commandment, “that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.”  We are to believe in Jesus Christ because he is the one in whom God reveals himself. We are to love in his way that we may “abide” or dwell in him and he in us. 

Most of us have times when we wonder how real our belief in Christ, how genuine our relationship, our abiding in him, is.  John tells us that we can find reassurance in our practice of mutual love. The Spirit assures us that when we act lovingly, God's love is at work in and through us; that Jesus Christ, the incarnate love of God, is present in our acts of love. When we use pray the Prayer of Humble Access (We do not presume...) as we do here in Lent, we pray that in receiving the sacrament of Christ's Body and Blood, “we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.” When we keep the commandment of love, we also abide or dwell in Christ and he in us. Sacrament and action belong together: sacrament lived out in loving action; that action formed and fed by the sacrament. 

Yours in Christ,

 

Fr. Alan Moses, Vicar
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, Mary Fast, Brian Prosser, Peter Brentnall, Keith Bevan, Judy Stewart, Jane Gadney, 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, Alphonso Casarini, Andrew Core, Jim Dowell, Ian Stewartby, Bryan Hollins, Hetty Vosper, Maurice Cochrane, Paul Fettke, Surean Senanayake, Maria Avila, Richard Maskell, Wendy Baillie, Christine Egan and Arthur Suggett. 

Anniversaries of death this week
Priscilla Black, Charles Messenger, Elenor Stanton, Arthur Sandeman Pr, Hannah Ebbs, John Burton-White, Beatrice Atkins, Ada Brookes, Letitita Nettey, Ambrose Weekes Bp, Sarah Edmonds, Sr Elizabeth Noel SAS, Leslie Clutterham, Dorothy Coles, Ze Renato, Denzil Freeth, Isabel Sturges-Jones, Lilian Raven and John Birch. 

WORSHIP THIS WEEK at ALL SAINTS:
Saturday 21 April (Church opens 11am)

12 noon Low Mass
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

Due to the Meeting of Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting taking place from 12.45pm, there is no Sunday Lunch this week. Chris Self will be cooking next Sunday. Tickets £6 at the All Saints’ Shop before & after Mass. 

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

Monday 23 – Friday 27 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 28 April (Church opens 11am)
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday


EASTER 5, Sunday 29 April 

HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Gabriel Jackson Missa Sanctae Margaretae
Vaughan Williams Easter

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Stanford Canticles in C
W. Lloyd Webber Most glorious Lord of Lyfe

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 available from the Parish Shop before and after High Mass on Sundays - £2 each. 

LENT APPEAL 2018 – please give generously by 29 April when the Appeal will close
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. 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. 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.

Thursday 10 May – ASCENSION DAY – HIGH MASS at ALL SAINTS, 6.30pm 
Preacher: Fr Andrew Moughtin-Mumby, Rector of St Peter’s Walworth.
Mozart Missa Brevis in F, K192   Finzi God is gone up   

ALL SAINTS CELL OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM, Saturday 12 May 
11.30am Rosary and Walsingham Devotions
12 noon Low Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham

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. 

Monday, 23 April is St George’s Day, and The Mass of St George will be celebrated at 7pm at St Saviour’s Anglican Church, St George’s Square, Pimlico SW1V 3QW. Preacher Fr Paul Bagott and Mass setting Byrd’s 4-part Mass. For further details Phone: 020 7834 9520 | Email: office@stsp.org.uk. Website: http://www.stsp.org.uk/ 

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. 

Monday 28 May THE NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE
A day excursion by coach from All Saints to Walsingham for the National Pilgrimage. Please contact Ross Buchanan (Tel. 020 7221 1312) if you would like to know more or to reserve a place on the coach. 

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! 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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