All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 13th July 2018

Friday 13th July 2018

Dear Friends, 

On Sunday in churches all over the world, readers will be struggling to get their tongues round eleven densely packed verses of the Letter to the Ephesians. In the original Greek they are only part of a single sentence which continues to verse 23. Translators helpfully break it up into more manageable sentences. 

The hymn-like, liturgical quality of this passage is a factor in persuading most scholars that Ephesians was not written by Paul himself but by a disciple. Early manuscript evidence also suggests that it was not originally addressed to the church in Ephesus either.  However, whoever its original author and addressees were, the Church reads it as part of the New Testament and that poetic quality is part of what makes it worth reading. 

Sunday's passage blesses God for the blessings we have received through Christ. Its Trinitarian structure speaks of the mystery of divine initiative and purpose “before the foundation of the world;” the revelation through Christ of that “plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth;” and the Spirit as the “pledge of our inheritance,” our “adoption” as God's “children through Jesus Christ.”  That adoption is not just a matter of individual salvation, although theories of “double predestination” have pushed in that direction, but is set in the context of both the Church and the Cosmos. Our election is to be a part in the Church's role in that gathering up of all things; to “live for the praise of his glory.” 

This same pattern is echoed in the Eucharist which,  like Prayer Book's General Thanksgiving, blesses  God for our “creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for the means of grace and for the hope of glory.” 

A life lived for the praise of God's glory is one with worship at its very heart; a truth for which the daily offering of worship in a church like All Saints serves as a living reminder.  Ephesians speaks of “spiritual blessings in the heavenly places,” but this should not lead to an otherworldly spirituality, unconcerned about the life of this world because our place in the next is secure. We are chosen not for privilege but service, so the General Thanksgiving continues. 

And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies,

that our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful,

and that we show forth thy praise, not only with our lips but in our lives,

by giving ourselves to thy service,

and walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days. 

We are chosen in Christ “to be holy and blameless before him,” but that is not for lives of sterile isolation, but of active and loving service. Our lives and our common life alike are to be acts of thanksgiving. Our blessing of God in worship is to issue in blessings to others. 

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, Fr David Paton, John Allan, Estelle Clark, Simon & Mary Edsor, Adrienne Newson, Mary Goodman, Jason Dominic Chan, Brian Carr, 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 - Raymond King, Robert Adams, Mary Johnstone, Lucy Lloyd, Francis Taylor, Gwen Gamack, Patricia Searle and Raymond Taylor.

Anniversaries of death this week - Richard Young, Gladys Gibbs, George Quicksmith, Kathleen Rodger, Doris Thrift, Kathleen Wait, William Hewetson, Isabel Bruxner, Kathleen Gardner, Mark Williams, Muriel Latter and Lucy Heales.

Saturday 14 July (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
Kodaly Missa Brevis   
Tchaikovsky Hymn to the Virgin 

SUNDAY LUNCH this week is prepared by Judith Mather. Menu:  Lasagne, salad and garlic bread. Dessert is Fruit Surprise. Coffee & biscuits. Tickets £6, available from the All Saints Shop before & after Mass. 

Preacher: Fr Daniel Dries 
Bairstow Setting in G    
Bairstow Save us, O Lord, waking 

Monday 16 - Friday 20 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 21 July (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass 
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 22 July
Preacher: Fr Daniel Dries
Mozart Missa Brevis in B flat K 275
Stanford When Mary thro’ the garden went

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Purcell Service in G minor
R. Nicholson When Jesus sat at meat 

For full information about all services at All Saints – see


TONIGHT 7.30pm  FROM PALESTRINA TO POULENC- FUNDRAISING CONCERT - 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

Sunday 15 July 2018 THE ALL SAINTS CLUB AGM 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.  

Our prayers and good wishes go with the group of pilgrims from All Saints travelling to Walsingham and led by Fr Julian Browning. We hope they return refreshed from their time spent at England’s Nazareth. 

SUMMER POETRY TEA – Saturday 28 July 3pm at Pamela’s home
The theme will be Holidays, Adventures and Escapes. To attend the Poetry Tea, please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the Church courtyard after Mass, or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456 leaving your name and contact number. Tickets: £6 with proceeds to the All Saints Restoration Fund. 

Wednesday 15 August - ASSUMPTION of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
HIGH MASS at 6.30pm
Preacher: Fr Simon Cuff, College of St Mellitus
Mozart Spaurmesse K. 259        Victoria Alma redemptoris mater

The Feast of the Assumption is our major annual celebration of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. On this day, we thank God for Mary, the first Christian, and ask her prayers for all persecuted Christians.
Please join us for our special annual outdoor procession (with choir, brass & drum) of the statue of Our Lady of Walsingham along Oxford Street. The Rosary will be said in Church for those who wish to stay there. All welcome and refreshments are served afterwards in the Church courtyard.  


Looking ahead, we need people help with two 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:

Revd Jonathan Evens, Associate Vicar, Partnership Development, St Martin-in-the-Fields has asked if we could share the following:  

Commerce, Compassion, Culture, Congregation … It’s All Church! - HeartEdge Annual Conference 2018 - 12 & 13 September 2018: St Martin-in-the-Fields and Lambeth Palace.

Commerce, Compassion, Culture, Congregation are essential – in our view, it’s all church! The September two-day HeartEdge intensive includes theology, ideas, resources, plus time to linger, build connections, make plans, develop practice, find encouragement, get involved and do HeartEdge! Programme: Including keynote speakers, workshops and panels on 'Church and Welfare', 'Enterprise Start-Ups', 'Art and the Crucifixion', with more to follow. Confirmed so far: Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes, urban theologian Ann Morisy, General Secretary of Churches Together in England Paul Goodliff, Chair in Christianity and the Arts at King's College London Ben Quash, Theologian and writer Professor Anthony Reddie, activist Russell Rook, Baroness Maeve Sherlock, Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Rector of St James, Piccadilly Lucy Winkett, plus Revd Dr Sam Wells of SMITF - with more to come. Venue: Day 1 at St Martin-in-the-Fields, day 2 at Lambeth Palace. 

Cost: Early Bird rate £69 (until 20th July 2018); HeartEdge members rate - £79, non-members rate - £99. Tickets include conference programme, refreshments & lunch, plus complimentary Jazz on evening of 12 Sept. Registration: Book tickets at   

For latest information, please email Jonathan Evens at or call 020 7766 1127.


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.

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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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