All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 4th May 2018

Friday 4th May 2018

Dear Friends,

At the Eucharist on Sundays in Eastertide we have readings from the Acts of the Apostles instead of the Old Testament. Last Sunday, we had the story of Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian Eunuch; a pilgrim to Jerusalem, a reader of the scriptures, deeply sympathetic to the Jewish religion, but excluded from its worship, not by his race but by his physical mutilation. His conversation with Philip leads to his baptism. 

For Luke, the driving force in this encounter, as in the whole of his account of the life of the infant Church, is the Holy Spirit. We see this, too, in the incident from which we have a snippet this Sunday: the Conversion of Cornelius, a Roman centurion and a gentile. For Luke this is so significant, coming hard on the heels of the conversion of Paul and his commission to be apostle to the Gentiles, that he devotes two chapters (Acts 10 & 11) to it.  

Our reading this Sunday comes at the end of Peter's sermon to Cornelius and his household. Even while he is preaching, “the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.”  This spiritual outpouring was witnessed by the half-dozen Jewish Christians who were with Peter. This event, often called “The Pentecost of the Gentiles,” echoes the account of Pentecost in Acts 2 and Luke clearly wants us to see the connection.  

(Although sermons at All Saints don't usually have such dramatic effects, we who preach here Sunday by Sunday are pleasantly surprised and encouraged when someone tells us, even years later, of the positive effect something we have said had on them.) 

In fact, this story is not just one of the conversion of Cornelius and his household, but of the conversion of Peter and the Jewish Christian community. Peter's conversion springs from: witnessing again the coming of the Holy Spirit as at Pentecost; recalling of “the word of the Lord – John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit''' and interpreting the experience in the light of it; concluding that God was at work among these Gentiles; and then matching practice to new understanding, instructing the Gentiles to be baptized.  

This “Pentecost of the Gentiles” is more than a piece of early Christian history. Its consequences spread far beyond Cornelius and his household.  The second half of the story, which follows in Chapter 11 of Acts, shows Peter having to justify his actions before a sceptical Church in Jerusalem. Initial unwillingness is transformed into rejoicing. Luke stresses the role of the Holy Spirit in enabling these Jewish Christians to go beyond their narrow vision of the kingdom to embrace something much greater. That act of inclusion was not something which happened at one moment for everyone. It would need to be remade on other occasions and in different situations as its consequences became apparent.  

This pattern in which new experiences are evaluated by the Church in the light of the Holy Spirit is one which has been repeated in its life ever since as it has experienced the work of the Spirit in its mission. For some, the Church or their parish or community's acceptance of the new will always be too slow; for others change always seems to come too quickly, and they would prefer it not to come at all! 

The lesson for all of us is that real engagement in the mission of the Church, true response to the urging of the Holy Spirit, does not just change other people; it changes us. As we share in the “Thy Kingdom Come” novena of prayer, we might reflect on how we have, or have not been changed, by our calling to share in the mission of 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 have asked for prayers
Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Vallery Tchukov, Matthew Thompson , Pauline Wayman, Sean Evans, Elizabeth Lual, Mary Fast, Brian Prosser, Peter Brentnall, Keith Bevan, Judy Stewart, Jane Gadney, David Eckland,  Yvonne Burgess-Jones, Dave Kynnersley, Patricia Searle, David Webb, Barbara Schiefer, Rose Smith and Fr Graham Francis. 

Those known to us recently departed
Richard Maskell, Wendy Baillie, Christine Egan, Arthur Suggett, Jacqui Birt, Hearly Sykes-Charlesworth, Howard Compton, David Edwards Pr , Derek Beaufoy, Dennis Riley and Leslie Williams.

Anniversaries of death this week
Kathleen Wolfenden, Melinda Powell, John Norman, Jack Symes, Odo Hunt, Norman Sandwith, William Faithful, Phyllis Mackenow, Dorothy Faithful, Florence Hope, Richard Masheder Pr, Fred Bramma, Charles Cunnington, Marygold Snowden, Martin Cooper, Gertrude Thorpe, Barbara Watson, George Corbett, N. P. Williams Pr, Ellen Markey, John Finnie, Edith Cooke and Douglas Laing. 

WORSHIP THIS WEEK at ALL SAINTS:
Saturday 5 May (Church opens 11am)

12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions  
6pm Evening Prayer   6.30pm First Mass of Sunday
 

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

SUNDAY LUNCH this week is cooked by John Forde. The menu is: Pasta al forno with a green salad, followed by dessert. Tickets £6 at the All Saints’ Shop before & after Mass. 

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

Monday 7 May Bank Holiday
Noon Low Mass only

Tuesday 8 – Friday 11 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 

Thursday 10 May ASCENSION DAY
Evening Prayer 5.45pm
HIGH MASS for ASCENSION DAY, 6.30pm 
Preacher: Fr Andrew Moughtin-Mumby, Rector of St Peter’s Walworth. 
Mozart Missa Brevis in F, K192   Finzi God is gone up   

Saturday 12 May (Church opens 11am)
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

EASTER 7 (after Ascension), Sunday 13 May
HIGH MASS and Baptism, 11am
Preacher: The Rt Revd Allen Shin, Suffragan Bishop, New York 
Howells Collegium Regale
Andrew Gant Ascendens Chistus in Altum 
Voluntary: Dan Locklair The people respond – ‘Amen!’ *

* Featured in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm
Preacher:  The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Stanford Canticles in B flat 
Attwood Come, Holy Ghost

Marko Sever, Dr John Birch Organ Scholar 
ORGAN RECITAL, 7.15pm (after Benediction)
With soprano soloist Alex Oomens and featuring an organ duet with Michael Butterfield.

Programme:
Marche Hèroïque Herbert Brewer
Deux Études Lionel Rogg
Les Angelus (soprano and organ) Louis Vierne
Concert Overture No. 3 in F minor Alfred Hollins
Jupiter, from The Planets (arranged for organ duet) Gustav Holst

Entry is free, but we invite you to make a retiring donation (recommended £5) to support the Choir & Music at All Saints.
The All Saints Licensed Club/Bar below the Church will be open after this recital. 

Saturday 19 May ALL SAINTS CELL OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM
11.30am Rosary and Walsingham Devotions
12 noon Low Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham

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. 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Lent Appeal 2018. Together we managed to raise a splendid £5,532 for 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 2018Tackling Homelessness Together (12 small grass—roots church homeless projects).

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
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. 

If you would like to join in, we will be sharing in this world-wide wave of prayer at All Saints and the church will remain open after the evening mass on each weekday during the Novena for an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.  While much of this will be in silence, there will be short readings and prayers each 15 minutes. The office of Compline will be said at 8pm. On Thursday evenings during Lent we introduced prayer before the Blessed Sacrament followed by Compline  - as a form of late night prayer rather than shopping! We hope that you will join us again and play your part in “Thy Kingdom Come.” Resources for prayer are available in church for people to use there or take home. Further information and resources are available on the website:  www.ThyKingdomCome.global. 

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. 

Sunday 20 May 2018 Churches Together in Westminster is holding its Ecumenical Pentecost Service on at 3pm. The service is kindly being hosted by the Regent Hall Salvation Army Church. A poster is attached. We should be grateful if you could please advertise this to your congregations. All are welcome. 

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. 

SAVE THE DATE: PARISH DINNER: FRIDAY 8 JUNE, 7.00 for 7.30pm – more details to follow. 

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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