All Saints Margaret Street

All Saints Parish Newsletter 10th August 2018

Friday 10th August 2018

Dear Friends,

Last week we heard Jesus describing himself as 'the bread of life' and we will continue to do so for the next two weeks. But only at the end of this Sunday’s few verses do we first get the shockingly concrete imagery that goes with this self-description: 'whoever eats of this bread will live for ever and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is  my flesh'. This may no longer be shocking to us: we have heard it so often and most of us have never see an animal killed for food, let alone sacrifice. But it was shocking to his first listeners, not only because it suggests cannibalism, utterly abhorrent to Jewish purity laws, but also because it says something confronting about the Eucharist (and this chapter of John is all about what we do at Mass, offering and sharing the Eucharist). I will return to that in next week's email, and High Mass sermon.  

Meanwhile, the meaning of Jesus as the Bread of Life is clear: first, we all  need Jesus: he isn‘t a whimsy or an option like so much in our society, exhausted by choice. Second, in our Christian daily bread, the Eucharist, Jesus is present to us to remind us (‘do this in remembrance…’), that we Christians are alive, not merely existing: the Eucharist is not a religious snack which we choose; the church is not a boutique. It is vital, literally ‘the stuff of life’, because it reminds us  (‘do this in remembrance’) not only that God loves us and is with us, but that he loves and wants to welcome home those who are not here, those who have not the bread of life. He asks us what we will do about that.   

Yours in Christ, 

Fr. Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest, 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, David Caplowe, Moraig Eagan, Bishop Michael Curry, Fr Bill Scott, Christopher Craig, Rose Smith, Fr Graham Francis Abigail Green, Roy Bright, Fr David Paton, Estelle Clark, Simon & Mary Edsor, Vallery Tchukov, Pauline Wayman, Sian Evans, Sara Vice, Elizabeth Lual and Mary Fast. 

Those known to us recently departed - Adrienne Newson, Stephanie Epperlein, Paul Wigfield Pr, Anthony Caesar Pr, Christopher Gibbs, Greg Hegarty, James Pitcairn and Margaret Barr.

Anniversaries of death this week – Beatrice Taylor, Joan Pulham, Philip Merritt, Valerie Hargreaves-Smith, Thomas Straker, Winifred Golelea, Richard Fitzgerald, John Edmonds, Ivy Oram, William Rivington, Mildred Terry, Adriana Grosinski, David Tweed, Veronica Lee, Alexander Lee, Michael Hartley and Dorothy Lane. 


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

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

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

Monday 13 - Friday 17 August (except Wednesday)
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 (Weds High Mass) 

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. 

Saturday 18 August (Church opens 11am)
12 noon Low Mass 
5.30pm Confessions   6pm Evening Prayer   
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

Sunday 19 August

Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Victoria Missa Regina cӕlorum 
Franck Panis angelicus

Preacher: Fr Barry Orford
Wood Setting for double choir
Gardiner Te lucis ante terminum 

For full information about all services at All Saints – see


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.

You are all cordially invited to attend a “Meet the Neighbours” event on 19 September at the Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Binney Street, W1K 5BQ.  Divine Liturgy is at 6.15pm and everyone is very welcome to attend the service (all Catholics, Eastern and Western Rites can receive Holy Communion) or you can just arrive at 7pm after the service for the event. 

During the visit we will hear a short history of the Cathedral, the Ukrainian Catholic Church, and the Ukrainian community in the U.K., followed by light refreshments in the Hall. These events are always interesting and provide an opportunity to see how others worship. Please do try to come along. 

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. Full Programme:

Charles WOOD - Hail, Gladdening Light!

James MACMILLAN - Dominus Dabit


William HARRIS - Faire is the Heaven

Arthur SULLIVAN - The Long Day Closes

Herbert MURRILL - O Mistress Mine

Gerald FINZI- My Spirit Sang All Day 

Hubert PARRY - Songs of Farewell 

Future concerts:

Thursday 27 Sept - Soprano Charlotte La Thrope (RAM 2018) and the Comalli Consort (viol, lute and violin) perform music from the Renaissance period.

Thursday 4 October - Talented baroque violinist Dominika Fehér performs music for solo violin, including JS Bach's Chaconne.

Thursday 11 October - The up-and-coming string quartet Bloomsbury Quartet perform a programme of Beethoven, Schubert and Britten.

Tickets (£10/£5 students), and full programme, now available at

Details 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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