All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 27th April 2018

Friday 27th April 2018

Dear Friends,

As with last week’s image of the Good Shepherd I don't find the self-image of Jesus as a vine instantly accessible. Just as I (and possibly you) don’t spend much time shepherding sheep or watching shepherds, I also don’t grow grapes. But I suppose most of us have, or have experience of, a garden. So even I, who can just about tell a rose bush from an oak tree, can understand the picture conceptually.  

But Jesus is not talking conceptually or philosophically: this was not a beautiful image for his listeners like the illustration of it on our oldest and finest frontal, which adorns the high altar in this season. Growing grapes and shepherding sheep were essential work for Jesus' listeners, providing the necessaries of life - food, wool, wine. This was not a ‘hobby’, or the provision of a pretty space to sit in like modern gardening. Wine was (and is) a sign of the richness of God’s creation, something to be shared in festivity, deliberately intoxicating. Jesus used wine in so many parables and pictures (and indeed in the institution of the Blessed Sacrament) that we cannot fail to see how important a part of life it was to him and his contemporaries. It was also, of course, safer to drink than most water. And, to the ancient eye, it was the outcome of a small predictable miracle: the transformation of something bland into something rich. In order to produce it, the vine has to be 'fruitful', a quality Jesus promotes in this discourse.  

Being fruitful is worth thinking about as a parable of Christian life. It is not the same as being successful, a familiar trap for the Church into which we repeatedly fall. Jesus didn’t ask us to be successful, but to be fruitful. Success comes from strength, control and respectability. Success brings rewards and sometimes fame. Fruitfulness often comes from weakness and vulnerability; it always comes from change (as with the vine), or even apparent death (as with the seed in the ground); it often goes unrecognised and unrewarded. It is often mysterious and counter-intuitive. And like the making of wine it is a small predictable miracle, if only we will be faithful and wait.  

To be fruitful, this image reminds us, requires ‘pruning’ (a word which also means cleansing). Self-examination and remedial action are regularly needed for each of us, and for the church as a whole. They are needed for communities of any size, including local church communities, like parishes and dioceses. But they are not ends in themselves, to produce a dour inward-looking community. The goal of this fruitfulness is the intoxicating richness of the heavenly banquet; the activity of that is celebration; the enemy of it is bland respectability.  

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, Pauline Wayman, Sean Evans, 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, Arthur Suggett, Jacqui Birt, Hearly Sykes-Charlesworth  and Howard Compton. 

Anniversaries of death this week
Priscilla Black, John Simpson Bp, Beatrice Hudson, Douglas Robertson, Jane Mather, John Beard, Trevor Stevens Pr, Mary Forsyth, Dolly Powell, Cecil Meyer, Phyllis Matthews, Catherine Towers, Douglas Brough, Alfred Adams and Paul Curno.

WORSHIP THIS WEEK at ALL SAINTS:

Saturday 28 April (Church opens 11am)

12 noon Low Mass
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

Sunday Lunch this week is cooked by Chris Self and Jan Fielden – Roast Lamb, roast potatoes and vegetables followed by Chocolate Pots. Tickets £6 at the All Saints’ Shop before & after Mass. 

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm
Preacher:  The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Stanford Canticles in C
W. Lloyd Webber Most glorious Lord of Lyfe 

Monday 30 – Friday 4 May
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 5 May (Church opens 11am)
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

EASTER 6, Sunday 6 May
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses 
Mass Setting: Darke in E
Armstrong Jones Easter (Most Glorious Lord of Lyfe)

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm
Preacher:  Fr Barry Orford
Canticles: Wood in D
Anerio Alleluia! Christus surrexit

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 Sunday 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. 

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 

Congratulations to Marko Sever, Dr John Birch Organ Scholar on his new appointment as Organ Scholar at St Alban’s Cathedral. He takes up his post in September, but before that - on Sunday 17 May - he is the Organ Recitalist here after Benediction, in a very interesting programme with a soprano soloist (Alex Oomens) and featuring an organ duet with Michael Butterfield. Full details on the leaflet on the Church table or on the Church website. Free entry/Retiring collection. The All Saints Licensed Club/Bar opens afterwards.   

Congratulations to new members of the PCC appointed at the APCM: Gillian Dare, Nick Gralka and Kate Hodgetts and re-appointed: Elaine Norman & Huw Pryce. Thank you for their service to date to those stepping down this year: Chris Swift and Colin Symes. 

EVENTS BEYOND ALL SAINTS

All Saints is a member of Churches Together in Westminster and so you are warmly invited to a private view of First Impressions – Portraits from Prison - Tuesday 8 May 6.30-8.30pm, Crypt Gallery, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 4JH (Crypt Entrance)
First Impressions – Portraits from Prison is accompanied by talks and discussion on the subject 
Can Prison Work? For Offenders? For Victims? For Taxpayers? The exhibition First Impressions has been curated by the Koestler Trust at the invitation of the Prisons Mission of Churches Together in Westminster (CTiW). Rory Stewart MP, Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice; Dame Anne Owers,  Chair of Trustees, Koestler Trust and former Chief Inspector of Prison; Lord Ramsbotham, Honorary President, Koestler Trust & former Chief Inspector of Prisons and Juliet Lyon CBE, Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody.  

The Prisons Mission is an initiative of CTiW which provides support and assistance identified and needed by the multi-faith Chaplaincy Teams in prisons. It also aims to ensure that prisoners, while out of sight, are not out of mind. The exhibition showcases a selection of portraiture and sculpture entered into the Koestler Awards – an annual scheme run by the Koestler Trust that has been inspiring participation in the arts by people in the UK’s criminal justice system and secure sectors for over 55 years. First Impressions at St Martin-in-the-Fields will bring together a wider variety of works not previously showcased in this touring exhibition. RSVP: sarah@sarahtubbs.com / 07768 585852. For further information: John Plummer, Coordinator, Prisons Mission johnplummer.audax@gmail.com / 0207 272 1639. koestlertrust.org.uk/citw.london

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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