All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 6th July 2018

Friday 6th July 2018

Dear Friends,  

Village communities like the Nazareth of Jesus' time, or the one I grew up in, tend to have mixed feelings about those who have left to pursue other paths.  There can be pride in a local lad, or these days, lass, who has got on.  But there can also be hostility to someone with ideas above their station:  “Who do they think they are?”  They need to be taken down a peg or two. 

I have only preached in the church in my home village twice.  The first time was at my father's funeral, so I could expect a sympathetic reception. The second was last summer when I was on holiday and had offered to fill in for the Vicar while he and his family were on holiday. Again, people were welcoming. 

As we hear in Sunday's gospel (Mark 6.1-13), this was not so for Jesus when he returned to Nazareth to preach in the synagogue there.  His teaching and works of healing seem to have sparked both astonishment and resentment.  “Where did this man get all this? What is the wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power have been done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters with us?”  And they took offence at him.” 

Jesus does not fit their idea of what a successful spiritual leader should be like, and so is dismissed. 

Paul's relationship with the church in Corinth is also troubled.  It was a community he had founded, but in his absence other preachers had arrived to disturb it and undermine his authority. They had pointed to his lack of spectacular spiritual gifts.   His defence against this attack is not to engage in competitive boasting about gifts and achievements, although he could have done so. He speaks of the mysterious “thorn in the flesh,” the identity of which has been the subject of much speculation.  The real point is that God had given it to keep him from spiritual pride. Instead, he says, “I will not boast, except of my weaknesses.”  

He comes to see that weakness as the place in which God's power is at work:  '”My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”  So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”  

Paul sees his ministry as sharing in that of Christ and so it must be one which stands over against worldly notions of strength and success. 

Sunday's gospel continues with Jesus sending his disciples out to the surrounding villages to preach and heal as he had been doing; to share in his ministry. Last Saturday in St. Paul's Cathedral, I was present at the ordination of 32 new deacons to serve in the Diocese of London.  

At a time of much anxiety about the future of the Church, there will be a temptation, for others and for them, to evaluate their ministry in terms of external popularity and success. We should not want them to be idle or passive in the face of the challenges of mission and ministry in our complex and changing city, but we should pray that they will be guarded against such siren voices.  

They begin their ministries at a time when the reputation of the Church and its clergy are at a low ebb.  The sins of some of their clerical forebears mean they may well encounter suspicion and hostility. If the good name of the Church and its ministry is to be restored, it will be because people like them have grasped the truth that God's strength is to be found in modelling their lives and ministries on that of Jesus Christ. 

Yours in 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, John Allan, Estelle Clark, Simon & Mary Edsor, Adrienne Newson, Mary Goodman, Jason Dominic Chan, Robert Adams, Brian Carr, Aria Carthy,
Vallery Tchukov, Pauline Wayman, Sian Evans, Sara Vice, Elizabeth Lual, Mary Fast, Brian Prosser, Peter Brentnall, Jane Gadney, David Eckland,  Dave Kynnersley, Rose Smith and Fr Graham Francis. 

Those known to us recently departed - Colin Gay Pr, Katie Marko, Raymond King, Robert Adams, Mary Johnstone, Lucy Lloyd, Francis Taylor, Gwen Gamack and Patricia Searle.

Anniversaries of death this week - Doreen Davis, Grace Harrison, William Gadon, Aileen Buxton, David Botsford, Mabel Pearce, Laurence Olivier, Wilfred Stansfield, Cyril Ward, Pearl Baker, Mary Gaskell, Mina Robertson, James Wheen and Sheila Duggan. 

Saturday 7 July (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Padilla Missa ‘Ego Flos Campi’   
Guerrero Ave Virgo sanctissima 

Gillian Dare invites everyone to join her for a drink in the courtyard after Mass to celebrate her 70th birthday. 

SUNDAY LUNCH this week is prepared by Robin Clutterham, Alan Kimborough, John Elgin and Ruth Bennett. Menu:  Lamb, sweet potatoes and rosemary with seasonal vegetables. The dessert is ‘Prince Louis Christening cake’. Tickets £6, available from the All Saints Shop before & after Mass. 

Preacher: Fr Philip Bevan
Howells Collegium Regale   
Harris Faire is the heaven

ORGAN RECITAL (following Benediction) 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
Entry: Free with retiring collection in aid of Choir and Music at All Saints - £5 recommended.
Pimm’s will be on sale in the courtyard after the Recital. 

Monday 9 - Friday 13 July
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 14 July (Church opens 11am)
11.30am Rosary & Walsingham Devotions
12 noon Our Lady of Walsingham Mass 
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Kodaly Missa Brevis   
Tchaikovsky Hymn to the Virgin

Preacher: Fr Daniel Dries
Bairstow Setting in G   
Bairstow Lord, thou hast been our ref

For full information about all services at All Saints – see


FROM PALESTRINA TO POULENC- FUNDRAISING CONCERT - 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.

Thanks to those who have recently volunteered either for the first time or anew – we have a new Sidesman, new Church flower arrangers and occasional Steward and Hospitality helpers – which is very good news. Looking ahead, we still need people to help with two particular events:  on Wednesday 15 August for the Feast of the Assumption (with Outdoor Procession) – where we need procession stewards and hospitality helpers (preparing, serving food & clearing up afterwards) and also on Saturday 22 September when USPG return for their Annual Reunion. Help is required from 10am onwards to welcome; to serve coffee/tea; lunch and drinks (which helpers are welcome to share). If you can offer assistance with either future event, please speak to Chris Self after Mass; or phone Dee in the Parish Office: 020 7 636 1788 or email her:


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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