All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 27th July 2018

Friday 27th July 2018

Dear Friends, 

This Sunday's Eucharist sees us leave the Gospel of Mark for a while to begin a series of readings from the 6th Chapter of St. John's Gospel. It begins with the Feeding of the Five Thousand and the Stilling of the Storm. On following Sundays we will work through the great discourse on the Bread of Life in which Jesus deepens the meaning of the bread of life. 

In John's Gospel the Feeding of the Five Thousand is a “Sign.” It points to the identity and meaning of Jesus. 

Those who have eaten the loaves and fishes which Jesus has multiplied think they know what the “sign” means. If Jesus can do this, then he must be the prophet like Moses promised in Deuteronomy: “This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.” The bread he gives is the manna which the Messiah would bring. It is the time of Passover, John tells us, when Jews remember their liberation from slavery in Egypt. Now, groaning under the rule of another foreign empire, Rome, they yearn for freedom.  They look for the coming of the Messiah to deliver them once more. 

So, they want to make Jesus their king, but he is not to be used as the tool of their worldly ambitions when he has something much more profound in mind. Political leaders were expected to provide bread for their followers, but as Jesus had resisted the temptation in Matthew and Luke to turn stones into bread for the sake of courting popularity, so now he slips away to take refuge in the hills. 

He will return to explore the meaning of the sign as he speaks to the crowd and teaches in the synagogue at Capernaum. This teaching, which we will hear over the following three Sundays is both rich and challenging. It would seem a “hard saying” and be rejected by many of those who had followed him.  Jesus will ask the twelve and say, “Do you also wish to go away?” Peter will answer, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” 

Scholars have argued over whether Jesus is speaking about the Eucharist in John Chapter 6, but for Christians in John's time and for us now, there are clear echoes of the liturgy. John even has Jesus use the Greek word “eucharist” when he gives thanks over the boy's bread and fish. The life of Christ which we are given in Word and Sacrament, the words of eternal life, the bread of heaven, is a gift we can never exhaust in this life and which we can never do without, any more than we can live without food.  So we go on celebrating this gift weekly, daily, because there is always more to receive. As someone for whom the eucharist on Sundays and then daily has been the heart of my Christian life for decades, I know that it is the gift which goes on giving. 

What we receive is not just ideas about the divine or the meaning of life, or individual comfort, but relationship, communion, sharing in the life and love of Christ. So we can make Paul's prayer for the Ephesians in Sunday's epistle our own:

“... that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with the fullness of God.....that you may be strengthened in your inner being through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.” 

We come to Jesus as hungry souls, and he knows our hunger before we know it ourselves. We may wonder at times with Andrew as he thought of the few loaves and fishes, “What are they among so many?”  What difference can this really make?  The words of the gospel, the bread and wine of the eucharist, may not seem much in the face of the world's needs and ills, but the lives of the saints demonstrate that they are enough and more than enough, if we accept them with faith in the giver. And so we can make the epistle's thanksgiving our own too:

“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.” 

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, James Pitcairn, Kathleen Last, Fr David Paton, Abigail Green, Roy Bright, John Allan, Estelle Clark, Simon & Mary Edsor, 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 - Francis Taylor, Gwen Gamack, Patricia Searle, Raymond Taylor, Adrienne Newson, Stephanie Epperlein, Paul Wigfield Pr and Anthony Caesar Pr.

Anniversaries of death this week – Edward Hobson, Herbert Palmer Pr, Helen Clark, George Maynard, Patricia Self, George Maryon-Wilson, John Gardner, Francis Woodlock, Margery Duce, Winefred Cratherne, John Welch, Patrick Whatmore, Sara Stevens, Eva Spencer, Harriet Brownlow Byron, Donald Scott and Mona Morgan. 

Saturday 28 July (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass

4pm Wedding of Elizabeth and Graham – we keep this couple in our prayers on this important day in their lives and as they are married at All Saints. We wish them all joy!

5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer  
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday 

HIGH MASS and Holy Baptism, 11am
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli
Parsons Ave Maria 

With summer holiday time here, there is no SUNDAY LUNCH service now until September.

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Rubbra Setting in A flat 
Harris Strengthen ye the weak hands 

Monday 30 July – Friday 3 August
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 4 August (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
Grayston Ives Missa Brevis
Grayston Ives There is a land of pure delight

Preacher: Fr Barry Orford
Naylor – Setting in A major
Handel – And the glory of the Lord 

For full information about all services at All Saints – see


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. 

PRUDENTIAL RIDE-LONDON/SURREY taking place Saturday 28/Sunday 29 July – if you are visiting All Saints by car, you may like to check out the road closures and other side-effects of the event at:

Wednesday 15 August - ASSUMPTION of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
HIGH MASS and Outdoor Procession 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 High Mass and 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.  

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 delegates; to serve coffee/tea; buffet lunch and drinks (which helpers are invited and welcome to share, as they are the Mass during the day). 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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