All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 18th May 2018

Friday 18th May 2018

Dear Friends 

Of the readings at the Sunday Eucharist, I suspect that the one which is often passed over by preachers, even when it is chosen for its relevance to the feast, is the Epistle.  

This Sunday, on the feast of Pentecost, the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church which concludes the 50 days of Easter, a passage from St. Paul's Letter to the Romans (8.22-27) is sandwiched between Luke's dramatic description with its wind and tongues of fire, nationalities and languages in Acts of the outpouring of the Spirit on the disciples and a weighty extract from Jesus' last discourse from John's Gospel. 

If Luke's account speaks of the universal scale of the Church's mission, Paul thinks of the work of the Holy Spirit on an even grander and cosmic scale; one which embraces the whole of creation: “We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labour pains until now.” 

Paul understands the work of Christ as something vastly greater than the salvation of individual souls. It is nothing less than a new creation, the transformation of the whole cosmos. 

Yet at the same time, this work of the Spirit embraces each of us. What is happening on the cosmic scale also goes on within those who are “in Christ:”….“and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.”    

Through the Spirit God reaches out to us from the future and allows us to share, in part at least, in the risen life which Christ experiences fully.  So we wait for our adoption as children of God, as heirs of God, and for the full redemption or transformation of our bodies and our world. 

Hope is intrinsic to living in Christ.  We already experience salvation in one sense, but not fully.  Hope has a built-in element of un-realization: “hope that is seen is not hope.” 

Paul offers hope but it is no false promise that pretends that things are not as they are rather than as they should be. He promises no easy escape for privileged believers.  He understands the anxiety we feel as Christians living in the tension between the “already” of the new creation and the “not yet” of its fulfillment. We have begun to experience transformation but we continue to experience the agony of human existence. We “groan inwardly,” and sometimes even outwardly, at events in the world, the state of the Church, our own failures in discipleship and relationships.  Sometimes, I see people who have come to pray in All Saints who are groaning because they are feeling in some way that gap between hope and reality.  

Yet, says Paul,  it is when we recognize our own weakness, that “we do not know how to pray as we ought,”  that the Spirit, who knows us better than we know ourselves,  comes to our aid, “helps us in our weakness” and “intercedes with sighs too deep for words.” 

Our individual prayer of groaning is held within the prayer of the Spirit who “intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”  That intercession goes on whether we are conscious of it or not. It is represented and made real by the ongoing prayer, day-in-day-out, of our Christian community, which celebrates the first fruits of the Spirit, of the new creation, and strengthens us in that patient waiting in hope of which Paul speaks. 

Yours in the risen Christ,


Fr Alan Moses, Vicar,
All Saints Margaret Street


Within our community we pray for those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Adrienne Newson, Mary Goodman, Jill Wilson, Jason Dominic Chan, Robert Adams, Brian Carr, Aria Carthy, Vallery Tchukov, Matthew Thompson, Pauline Wayman, Sean Evans, Sara Vice, Elizabeth Lual, Mary Fast, Brian Prosser, Peter Brentnall, Keith Bevan, Judy Stewart, Jane Gadney, David Eckland,  Dave Kynnersley, Patricia Searle, David Webb, Barbara Schiefer, Rose Smith and Fr Graham Francis. 

Those known to us recently departed:Jacqui Birt, Hearly Sykes-Charlesworth, Howard Compton, David Edwards Pr , Derek Beaufoy, Dennis Riley, Malcolm Barrow, Faye Chegwidden, Reg Gadney, Dulcie John, Connie Coote and Norma Lewis.  

Anniversaries of death this week: Eliza Pountney, Eric Arnold, Alan James, Wendy Johnson, Basil Kiernander, Francis Irving, Rita Hodgetts, Mary Woodward, Frederick Searles, John Davies, Yvonne Harland, Clare Jackson and Percy Aspinall.  


Saturday 19 May (Church opens 11am) 

11.30am 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 

PENTECOST, Sunday 20 May
Preacher: The Vicar Fr Alan Moses
Mozart Missa Brevis in D, K 194
Daniel Knaggs Cáritas Dei diffúsa est – UK premiere *
Voluntary: Paul Spicer Fanfares for Chad *
* Featured in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music 

SUNDAY LUNCH this week is cooked by John McWhinney and Paul Weston. The menu is: Ratatouille with Chicken breast and Apple and Pear Crumble with cream. Tickets £6, available at the All Saints’ Shop before & after Mass.

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning 
Canticles: Brewer Magnificat in D
Elgar The Spirit of the Lord
Te Deum: Howells Collegium Regale 

Monday 21 – Friday 25 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 26 May (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Preacher: The Vicar Fr Alan Moses
Lassus Missa Bell’Amifitrit’ altera
Rachmaninov Hymn of the Cherubim 

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Wood Canticles in F
Stanford Beati quorum via 

All Sunday services and weekday High Masses sung by the Choir of All Saints - full details at


Thursday 31 May, 6.30pm FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI 2018 HIGH MASS will be followed by our now well-established Outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament (with choir and brass band), taking a circular route from Church along Oxford Street and back to All Saints Margaret Street.
Mozart Orgelsolomesse K. 259
Messiaen O sacrum convivium 

One of our major annual public acts of witness to the faith in our parish, we hope that as many friends of All Saints will come and take part. As in past years, we will be drawing attention to the plight of Christians suffering persecution in the Middle East and elsewhere. For those unable to join in walking and singing through the bustle of Oxford Circus on Thursday late night shopping night, Fr. Philip Bevan will lead the rosary in church until the procession returns. There will be a party in the church courtyard afterwards.
Stewards for the Procession and Helpers for Hospitality - If you are over 18 and able to help us maintain the safety of the procession, please volunteer as a Steward – briefing with Cedric Stephens is 6pm on the night, before High Mass. And if you could help with catering prep/serving guests & the party clear up please express interest by contacting Dee in the Parish Office: 020 7 636 1788 / or speaking to Chris Self or Janet Drake in the courtyard after Sunday Mass.  

Friday 8 June, 7.00 for 7.30pm – tickets £30 (including two glasses of wine, with Italian food) will soon be available. 

Sunday 20 May 2018
Churches Together in Westminster is holding its Ecumenical Pentecost Service at 3pm. The service is kindly being hosted by the Regent Hall Salvation Army Church on Oxford Street, a few minutes from All Saints. All are welcome.  

Fr Peter McGeary, Vicar writes: ST MARY'S CABLE STREET was dedicated for worship on 22 May 1850, and on Tuesday 22 May 2018 at 7.30 pm there will be a Solemn Mass to mark this anniversary, to which you would be most welcome. Mass will be followed by a party. It is a great pleasure this year to welcome as our preacher the Vicar of St Michael and All Angels Croydon, Fr Tim Pike. His curate Fr Philip Kennedy will be deaconing the Mass - Fr Philip did a brief placement at St Mary's whilst discerning his vocation. If you are unable to be with us, then please remember the parish in your prayers on that day.

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. 

LAURENCE LONG (former Dr John Birch Organ Scholar at All Saints)
College of Music,
Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2BS (on the new organ in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall)
Thursday 7 June at 10.40 – 11.30am
The programme will include Bach's Toccata and Fugue in F major and Rheinberger's fourth organ sonata in A minor.

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 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:- 
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* 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: (Day off: Saturday)

Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: (Day off: Wednesday)

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:

Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: 

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



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