All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 15th June 2018

Friday 15th June 2018

Dear Friends, 

“We would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”  (2.Cor. 5.6). 

Given the trials and afflictions of his ministry, the prospect of being “at home with the Lord” had an understandable appeal for Paul.  Not least among his woes were those given him by the church in Corinth; including their preference for those “who boast in outward appearance and not in the heart.”  Paul might well have been tempted to wash his hands of them altogether, rather than appealing to them again as he does in 2 Corinthians from which we have a reading on Sunday (Ch. 5.6-17). 

Why does Paul choose not to give up on them? It is not a matter of wounded pride or a stubborn refusal to accept failure, but something much deeper which is the heart and motive force of his and all Christian life and ministry: 

“For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all, therefore all have died.” 

The “love of Christ” is first, Christ's love for us, which then generates our love for him and for those for whom he died.  Paul's attitude to Jesus had been transformed by his experience of the risen Christ, “even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way.”   

That fundamental change also transforms Paul's understanding of other human beings. They are the “all” for whom Christ has died, so, “From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view.”   Jesus died to demonstrate God's love for all, and that we might be able to share in that love: “that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.”  That transformation then is something which affects us all. The Greek word translated as “urges” or “compels” also has the sense of “holding within bounds” or “controlling;” it forms our love after the pattern of Christ's. In our attitude to others, we are to look beneath outward appearances to see those for whom Christ gave his life. 

Seeing others as Christ sees them is easy to say, harder to do.  Paul speaks of “knowing the fear of the Lord,” as his reason for trying to “persuade others.”  That sounds odd to us: are fear and love not incompatible?  Well, not if we realize that Paul's use of “fear” is rooted in the Old Testament's sense of an enduring faithfulness to God. 

Such enduring faithfulness is at the heart of love inspired and formed by Christ's enduring faithfulness to us.  We encounter this whenever we gather to hear the gospel proclaimed and to celebrate the eucharist.  We are drawn into that movement of love towards God and neighbour which we see and share in Christ. Like Paul, we are to “make it our aim to please him.” 

And lest we confuse emotion for action, feelings for deeds, then Paul warns: “... all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good of evil.”  

Just as Paul had his Corinthians with whom to put this into practice, we are given our community of less than perfect fellow-Christians to be our school of love; and they are given us. We can bless God, both for those who are an example and inspiration, and also for those we find a challenge. As St. John of the Cross says, we are like stones in a bag, which become smooth by being rubbed together. 

Yours in Christ, 

Fr Alan Moses, Vicar,
All Saints Margaret Street 

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER DIARY

Within our community we pray for those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers
Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Penny Farrell, Adrienne Newson, Mary Goodman, Jason Dominic Chan, Brian Carr, Aria Carthy, Vallery Tchukov, Pauline Wayman, Sian Evans, Sara Vice, Elizabeth Lual, Mary Fast, Brian Prosser, Peter Brentnall, 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
Richard Beckford, Michael Screech Pr, Matthew Thompson, Martin Banks, Martin Jarvis, Colin Gay Pr, Katie Marko, Raymond King, Robert Adams and Katie Marko.

Anniversaries of death this week
Susanna Coles, Eric Griffin, Gwendolen Coudham, Patricia Cudmore, DOM Michael Warner OSB, Hugh Douglas-Hamilton, Beverley Brentnall, Philip Bennett, Roderick Bowie Pr, Francis Swanton, Stanley Harland, Percy Mortimer-Smith, Mary Tilley, Alfred Webb Pr, Henry Ewer, Arthur Golightly Pr and Andrew O’Connor.

WORSHIP THIS WEEK at ALL SAINTS:

Saturday 16 June (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

THIRD SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, Sunday 17 June
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
A. Gabrieli Missa Brevis      
Palestrina Exsultate Deo 

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Purcell Setting in G minor  
Purcell I was glad 

WORSHIP THIS WEEK at ALL SAINTS: 
Monday 18 - Friday 22 June
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 23 June (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass 
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY, Sunday 24 June
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Haydn Missa Brevis in F (Jugendmesse) 
Gibbons This is the record of John 

EVENSONG & BENEDICTION 6pm
Preacher:
The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Mathias The Jesus Service
Naylor Vox dicentis: Clama 

For full information about all services at All Saints – see www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk.

WEEKLY NOTICES and FUTURE EVENTS at ALL SAINTS

Sunday 17 June - VOLUNTEERING AT ALL SAINTS 
Parish Room after High Mass with coffee/tea provided
A chance to meet a range of volunteer team leaders and find out about the many ways of becoming involved in helping at Church – from bar tending to Church Watching via flower arranging, with many roles and opportunities for different talents and availability of time.

The PCC is also currently renewing its varied Committees, looking for those keen to help and with skills/experience in generating income; managing buildings, health & safety, assessing the risks we face and developing our use of modern communication methods.

Please come along and see how you could join in, get to know All Saints better and make a valuable contribution to the life of the Church while meeting people. We hope you can join us! 

ORGAN RECITAL (following Benediction) - Sunday 8 July at 7.15pm

TIMOTHY BYRAM-WIGFIELD, Director of Music, All Saints
Programme
:
“Hallelujah! Welten singen Dank und Ehren”
(from the oratorio ‘Mount of Olives’) - Ludwig van Beethoven, transcr. W.T.Best

6 variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 56 - Johann Rinck

Angel-scene, from ‘Hansel and Gretel’ - Englebert Humperdinck, transcr. E.H.Lemare
Phantasie über den Choral “Halleluja! Gott zu loben” - Max Reger 

EVENTS ELSEWHERE
The Revd Dr Simon Woodman,
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP, 020 7240 0544/ simonw@bloomsbury.org.uk www.bloomsbury.org.uk invites everyone to a screening of: 

MARTIN LUTHER KING: MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS. Followed by a Panel Discussion. Saturday 23 June 5pm, Bloomsbury Baptist Church

During the 1960s, Dr. King made several visits to the UK and in 1961 he visited and preached at Bloomsbury Baptist Church. As part of these 2018 commemorations, Baptists Together Justice Hub partnering with Tipping Point North South are honoured to be hosting at Bloomsbury a special screening of an extraordinary film made in 1970 called From Montgomery to Memphis.

A rarely-seen documentary, the film traces King’s life and accomplishments from the 1955 bus boycott to his 1968 assassination. Following on from the film screening, we will have a post-film panel discussion with leading contributors coming from a range of backgrounds, and which, combined, will reflect to the scope of Dr. King’s own theology and activism. Panel contributors will include Dr.David Muir, Dionne Gravesande, Richard Reddie, Neil Jameson, Selina Stone, Eleasah Louis and Dr.Robert Beckford

Tickets are free from: https://montgomerytomemphislondon.eventbrite.co.uk/

Monday 9 July 2018, 6 - 8pm – COUNCIL OF CHRISTIANS & JEWS SUMMER PARTY
Canon Anthony Ball has asked us to circulate an invitation from The Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey & Council of Christians and Jews (Central London Branch) to a Summer Garden Party celebrating CCJ’s 75th Anniversary in the College Garden, Westminster Abbey.  

Admission is free but Registration by 28 June is essential. To register email tiggy.sawbridge@westminster-abbey.org or telephone 020 7654 480

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 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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