All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 3rd August 2018

Friday 3rd August 2018

Dear Friends, 

Sunday's readings begin rather unpromisingly: 

“The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.” 

The Israelites complain because freedom in the wilderness seems to be a lot tougher than slavery by the fleshpots of Egypt. The challenges of their new life have provoked nostalgia for the old. The harshness of the regime which forced them to make bricks without straw and drowned their baby boys is forgotten; they remember only eating their fill of bread. 

Murmuring against God and Moses, usually about the rations or the dangers of wilderness life, is a recurring theme in the book of Exodus. In this early case, when they have hardly got started, God responds by providing food: the one-off gift of a flock of quails, and the daily supply of manna which will continue until they enter the promised land. 

The forty years spent in the wilderness before crossing the Jordan is not just a time spent getting from one place to another. It is a time spent being formed into God's people, instructed by the Law given to Moses on Mount Sinai. 

The Church is called to be the pilgrim people of God. We live and move between past and future; between the Resurrection and the final establishment of God's reign. We, too, are in an ongoing process of formation as God's people.  Like the Israelites, we sometime find present realities and future uncertainties challenging. At times we yearn for a less complicated past and its supposed certainties.  

We lose confidence in the gifts which Ephesians tells us the ascended Christ has given to his Church: “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” 

Are these gifts, scripture, sacrament and ministry, sufficient for the journey?  We should not be afraid to try new ways. Like Israel setting out into the unknown we must accept risk, but Ephesians warns us against being “tossed to and fro and blown about by every wind of doctrine.”   The answer is not to abandon these gifts but to take them more seriously and thankfully as the means God uses to form us as his people.    

The words of scripture, the sacraments of the church, its ministry, may not seem much in the eyes of many, but in faith they become the teaching that guides us, the food that sustains us, the people God uses to provide them. They are given that we may, “grow up in every way into him who is the head into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knitted together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body's growth in building itself up in love.” 

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, Bishop Michael Curry, Christopher Craig, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis James Pitcairn, Abigail Green, Roy Bright, Fr David Paton, Estelle Clark, Simon & Mary Edsor, Vallery Tchukov, Pauline Wayman, Sian Evans, Sara Vice, Elizabeth Lual, Mary Fast and Dave Kynnersley. 

Those known to us recently departed - Patricia Searle, Raymond Taylor, Adrienne Newson, Stephanie Epperlein, Paul Wigfield Pr, Anthony Caesar Pr and Christopher Gibbs.

Anniversaries of death this week – Julian Davies, Jessie Graves, David Archer, Harriet Gray, Sidney Browne, Gay Cardew, Leslie York, Andrew Heley, David Johnstone, Charles Oram, Marie-Olivier Mercy, David Welch, Marie O’Connor and Barbara Davis.

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 

Chris Self and Margaret Leggett are both celebrating significant birthdays at this time and invite you to join them for champagne and birthday cake in the Courtyard after Mass. 

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

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

Monday 6 - Friday 10 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 11 August (Church opens 11am)
11.30am Rosary & Walsingham Devotions
12 noon Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 12 August, ELEVENTH SUNDAY after TRINITY

Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Monteverdi Missa Brevis   
Stravinsky Ave Maria 

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie 
Wood Setting in E flat (1st set)
Mendelssohn Verleih uns frieden

For full information about all services at All Saints – see


We are pleased to announce that the recent SUMMER POETRY TEA held at Pamela’s home raised £120 (with applicable Gift Aid) for the All Saints Restoration Fund. Thanks go to Pamela, the ‘hostess with the mostest’ and all who attended and participated in poetry reading. 

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.

MUSIC FOR AN AUTUMN EVENING - Thursday 20 September at 8pm,
Holy Trinity, Stroud Green, London N4 4EL
Following the success of the fundraising concert to launch this series, which took place at All Saints at the end of July, the inaugural concert of MusicFor's first series, Music for an Autumn Evening features Daniel Collins conducting a programme of Romantic British choral music, sung by eight fantastic professional singers. At the heart of the concert is CHH Parry's own valedictory work, the 'Songs of Farewell', in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his death. Tickets (£10/£5 students), and full programme, now available at of other concerts in the series can be found at 


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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