All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 22nd June 2018

Friday 22nd June 2018

Dear Friends, 

John the Baptist, whose birth we celebrate on Sunday, is unique among the saints of our calendar (apart from the Blessed Virgin Mary), in that we celebrate his birth as well as his martyrdom.
From earliest times, a saint's 'heavenly birthday', preferably a martyrdom, was the date chosen to remember them. But John is different. 

His difference accounts for his two feasts (his Nativity on 24 June and his Martyrdom – or 'Decollation' as the old books wonderfully named it – on 29 August), but also for why we have sometimes forgotten how important he is. I'll be saying a little more about that on Sunday, but in summary, while in his lifetime he seemed to be at least as important as Jesus to many of his followers and his status as the forerunner of the Lord is undisputed, in his ministry he insisted that he must disappear in favour of the one he proclaimed: 'He must increase and I must decrease' (John 3.30). 

Self-effacement is less valued than it used to be. Both John and Our Lady were careful always to point away from themselves and to Jesus, the heart and source of our Christian faith and relationship with God. Self-effacement can be overdone and self-destructive, but John embodies a reminder that when we examine our conduct, as Catholic Christians are called regularly to do, we should always ask whether we are acting to the glory of God and in the best interests of others, as well as properly caring for ourselves. 

In the current leadership of another nation we can see, almost daily, the dangers of constant self-commendation, the appropriation of others' achievements and (sometimes ludicrous) boasting, all motivated by a desperate need for approval at any cost. 

John reminds us that giving credit and space to others, sometimes even acknowledging that someone else might better do, or have, something we value, is a Gospel virtue. It also brings greater peace and opportunity to build our relationship with God. 

Yours in Christ,

Fr Michael Bowie
All Saints Margaret Street


Please pray for all those to be ordained this Petertide.

Within our community we pray for those who are sick or distressed and have asked for prayers - Asia Bibi, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, Roy Bright, 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 Jervis, Colin Gay Pr, Katie Marko, Katie Marko, Raymond King, Robert Adams and Mary Johnstone.

Anniversaries of death this week - John Allcock, Baby Jean-Paul Myers, Friedemann Golka, Tony Mason, Tedd McWhinney, Dorothy Jordan, Leslie Moses, Margaret Jervis Sandra Allan, Hugo Gralka, John Slater Pr. Barbara Thrift, Edith Taylor, Freida Bailey, Edward Roberts Bp. John Hughes Pr, Peggy Leeman, Harry Lye, William Roberts, Andrew Barker and Gladys Dare.


Saturday 23 June (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Haydn Missa Brevis in F (Jugendmesse) 
Gibbons This is the record of John 

The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Mathias The Jesus Service
Naylor Vox dicentis: Clama 

Monday 25 - Friday 29 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 30 June (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
Lemmens Messe pour voix d’hommes
Stanford, arr. Denis Mason Beati quorum via 

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Sumsion Canticles in G (Men’s Voices)
Walker I will lift up mine eyes 

For full information about all services at All Saints – see


VOLUNTEERING AT ALL SAINTS – thanks to everyone who came along to one of the last two Sunday sessions to find out more; those who have now volunteered anew and those who took away a leaflet with further details to consider.

Looking ahead, we have some specific opportunities: on Weds 15 August for the Feast of the Assumption (with Outdoor Procession) – with a need for procession participants & stewards; hospitality (preparing & serving food & clearing up afterwards) and also on Sat 22 September when USPG will return to All Saints for their Annual Reunion and people are needed from 10am onwards to help provide a welcome and to serve coffee/tea; lunch and drinks (which helpers are welcome to share). If you might be able to offer some assistance with either of these future events, please speak to Chris Self or Dee Prior after Mass or by phoning the Parish Office: 020 7 636 1788 or


ORGAN RECITAL (following Benediction) - Sunday 8 July at 7.15pm
TIMOTHY BYRAM-WIGFIELD, Director of Music, All Saints
“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 

Friday 13 July 7.30pm
— A concert exploring the different musical languages of direct contemporaries across Europe

Daniel Collins conducts a choir (formed of singers from the choir of All Saints, Margaret Street and other young professionals) in a concert of music and readings from across Europe and the British Isles. The aim is to raise funds jointly for the creation of a new concert series at Holy Trinity, Stroud Green (London N4) and the Choir & Music Fund at All Saints, Margaret Street.


William BYRD (1540/3 – 1623) — Sing Joyfully

Francisco GUERRERO (1528 – 1599) — Ave Virgo Sanctissima

Carlo GESUALDO (1566 – 1613) — O Vos Omnes (1611)

Giovanni Pierluigi da PALESTRINA (1525 – 1594) — Credo (Missa Papæ Marcelli)

Guillaume COSTELEY (1530 – 1606) — Allons Gay Bergères

Francis POULENC (1899 – 1963) — O Magnum Mysterium

Peter CORNELIUS (1824 – 1874) — Ich will dich lieben, meine Krone!

Anton BRUCKNER (1824 – 1896) — Christus Factus Est

Arthur SULLIVAN (1842 – 1900) — The Long Day Closes

Herbert MURRILL (1909 – 1952) — O Mistress Mine

Juan Gutiérrez de PADILLA (1590 – 1664) — Gloria (Missa Ego Flos Campi)
Entry is free but please donate what you think it's worth at the end!

Wine & canapés available. Please come & support this exciting venture! For more information on the concert series, please visit 

THE ALL SAINTS CLUB AGM - Sunday 15 July 2018 will take place in the All Saints bar after Evensong. All members are welcome to attend and vote. The bar will open after the meeting. 

The Revd Dr Simon Woodman,
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP, 020 7240 0544/ 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:

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 or telephone 020 7654 4805. 

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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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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