All Saints Parish Newsletter 10th June 2016
In Sunday’s gospel, an account of Jesus’ visit to the house of Simon the Pharisee, during which ‘a woman who was a sinner’ brought precious ointment to bathe his feet, Simon’s behaviour exemplifies the danger into which we fall when we judge others.
Simon has definite ideas about how a prophet should speak and act and Jesus does not live up to them. A true prophet, he suggests, is gifted with an insight into people which will ensure that he doesn’t associate with the unrespectable. In articulating this assumption he appoints himself judge not only of Jesus but of the woman as well.
Jesus responds by inviting him to see things from a different angle (invitation is a core Gospel principle). We notice that Jesus does not defend himself, but seeks rather to vindicate the accused woman, adding a parable which illustrates the priority of forgiveness over judgement. He then turns the judgement back on the judge, pointing to Simon’s deficiencies as a host (deficiencies which the woman Simon despises has in fact remedied).
If Simon can see the actions of the woman in their true light, as an act of selfless generosity (and, maybe, penitence), he will have a better understanding not only of Jesus but of himself as well.
The actions of the woman, far from polluting Jesus, reveal him as the true prophet, a messenger of forgiveness and peace. With Simon we are invited to consider how our words and actions can be powerful mediators of the Gospel or damaging impediments to it; also, with Simon, we are invited to consider how those we condemn might supply deficiencies in our own behaviour.
Yours in Christ,
Fr Michael Bowie
All Saints Margaret Street
Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers: John Adams, Asia Bibi, John Bailey, Alixe Bainbridge-Spring, Fr Peter Bradley, Peter Brenthall and family, Vivien Caplowe, James Cary-Elwes, Bishop Michael Colclough, Dennis Davis, Mark Dougly, Kate Down, David Fettke, Ghislain Hamelin, Nicholas Harington, Lewis Harvey, Julia Holland and family, Maria Keen, Andrew Laird, Tom Leader, Miriam Nelson, Fr. Robert Norwood, Oliver Orr, David Pearce, Agnes Poitevin-Navarre, Fr Gerald Reddington, Canon John Rees, Alma Sheard, Stella and Helen Skinner, Margaret Spencer, Rose Stephens, Madeleine Storer, Christine van Dyck, Lynn Van Keulen, Robert Walmsley and Joy Wright.
For the recently departed: James Coutts (Priest), Yvonne Harland (whose Funeral Mass will take place at All Saints on Thursday 30 June at 6.30pm), Anna Braganza , Sister Mary Kathleen SLG, Nicholas Harington (whose Funeral takes place at St John the Baptist, Whitbourne, Monday 13 June at 11.30am), Valerie Hawkins, Keith Rowlands and Ian Atkins.
Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Alison Hack, Naomi Shaw, Michael Keelan, Philip Harland, Karl Bekker, Roy Foster (Priest and former Headmaster of the All Saints Choir School), Eric Johnson, Miriam Yates, John Gadney, Eric Stedman, Roualeyn Cuming-Bruce, Clare Prince, William Upton Richards (First Vicar of All Saints), Ida Jones, Geoffrey Roundtree, Eric Davidson, Susanne Coles, Eric Griffin (one time Secretary of the PCC).
For full service information: www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk.
WORSHIP THIS WEEK:
Saturday 11 June 11.30am Walsingham Devotions and 12 noon Mass
SUNDAY 12 JUNE – TRINITY 3
Music for both services on Sunday 12 June has been specially chosen to mark HM The Queen’s Official 90th Birthday.
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Missa Brevis – Walton
I was glad – Parry
Crown Imperial – Walton
AN INVITATION TO A PICNIC LUNCH
Come and celebrate the QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY at All Saints
Following the St Paul’s Service of Thanksgiving on 10 June and paralleling The Patron’s Lunch for 10,000 people in the Mall on 12 June, All Saints is contributing in a modest way to the national celebrations for the Queen with its customary music and hospitality on this auspicious occasion.
The Events Committee hopes for fine weather for a mass picnic with suitable food and drink in a bunting bedecked church courtyard – well suited to a Parish cold collation/All Saints’ style street party. All are welcome to join in the festivities starting immediately after Mass. Please bring a straw hat to protect from the hoped for sunshine/umbrella or waterproof as a precaution if wet!
EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Second Service – Byrd
Oh Lord make thy servant Elizabeth – Byrd
WORSHIP NEXT WEEK:
SUNDAY 19 JUNE
Fourth Sunday after Trinity
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Father Michael Bowie
Missa ‘Ego flos campi’ – Padilla
Unser lieben Frauen Traum – Reger
Sunday Lunch is served. Tom Leeman is the chef and tickets for lunch will be on sale for £5 from the Parish Shop before and after Mass (subject to availability).
EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm
Preacher: Father Barry Orford
St Paul’s Service – Howells
Salve Regina – Howells
The POETRY TEA PARTY on Saturday 4 June at Pamela’s on the subject of ‘Europe’ raised £80 towards the All Saints Restoration Appeal. Thank you to everyone who attended and participated. There will be a report on the proceedings, written by Mary Rowe, in the July Parish Paper.
Nicholas Harington – RIP
The family advise that Nicholas’s Funeral will take place at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Whitbourne at 11:30am, Monday 13 June. Travel: By car: postcode WR6 5RS will get you there. Take the A44 from Worcester towards Leominster. After about 7 ½ miles you will see a sign to the right to Whitbourne. Take it. Keep right until you see the church, then follow directions for parking. By rail: from London, to Worcester Shrub Hill, and take a taxi (c. £24). The 08:21 from Paddington will get you in at 10:44. 15:21 back to London, which will get you to Paddington at 17:29. Undertakers: HH Handley, 3 Little Hereford St, Bromyard HR7 4DE. Tel: 01885 482216. Email: email@example.com. Flowers: No flowers, please, but donations to the church would be most welcome. Please make cheques payable to Whitbourne DCC, and send to the undertakers, or transfer directly to Whitbourne SCC Account no: 00735379, Sort Code 30 94 99. Afterwards: Please join us at The Talbot. We have laid on a ‘finger buffet’, which should keep you going until dinner time. Please pass it on: If you know anyone of Nicholas’s friends or family you think we may have missed, would you pass this on to them.
Yvonne Harland – RIP
Yvonne’s Funeral Mass will take place at All Saints on Thursday 30 June at 6.30pm.
FITZFEST 2016: 8-11 JUNE
8-11 June 2016 sees the inaugural FitzFest celebrating London’s Fitzrovia with its musical heritage from past generations together with the contemporary diversity that thrives today.
With a programme of music made entirely by musicians who have lived or worked in Fitzrovia over the centuries – and often played on historical instruments made in Fitzrovia – the festival is grounded in the local community. It offers a vast array of community concerts, workshops, social and fitness events to draw the local people into the festival and to celebrate the current community alongside the historical culture of the area. Venues during the festival include unconventional spaces such as shops, bars, pubs, art galleries and community spaces. And All Saints Margaret Street…where a square piano (made in Fitzrovia has been delivered and tuned this morning).
TODAY Friday 10 June 4pm-4.45pm – All Saints Margaret Street
ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT WIND QUINTET CONCERT – Wind players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play Wind Quintets on Fitzrovian Instruments. Programme includes works by Danzi and Weber.
TODAY Friday 10 June 8pm-9.45pm
Simultaneously at All Saints Margaret Street and the Fitzrovia Chapel
ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT: FITZROVIAN FLUTES
OLGA JEGUNOVA (PIANO)
Half of the concert at All Saints Margaret Street:
Boismortier Flute Music, played by the flautists of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on Fitzrovian Instruments.
At the interval the audiences will swap venues, led through the streets by tour guides, where they will listen to the other half of the concert.
Half of the concert at the Fitzrovia Chapel:
Wind players from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and pianist Olga Jegunova play Mozart Quintet for Piano and Winds on Fitzrovian Instruments. Played on historical instruments made in Fitzrovia.
For ticket booking, see: http://www.fitzfest.co.uk/ where you can buy guaranteed tickets or register for free events. Half of the total paid-for tickets will be available to buy online at full price shown. The other half will be available on the door on a first come, first served basis. Any remaining free/donation tickets will also be available on the door.
SPONSOR THE VICAR ON PILGRIMAGE
Fr. Alan began his 1000 km walking pilgrimage from Seville to Santiago de Compostela on Tuesday 31 May and has now reached Fuente de Cantos – some 112 km along the way. We receive regular reports of his progress and these will appear in this E-Newsletter or the Parish Paper while he is away. If you would like to sponsor him in support of the Diocese of London’s projects for persecuted Christians and for refugees from the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the sponsorship form is available in church. You can also donate directly online through Give.Net where the specific fundraising page is: https://my.give.net/alanspilgrimage.
ALL SAINTS’ STEWARDSHIP 2016 & your Regular Giving – Campaign Update
We would like to warmly thank all who have already responded to the Stewardship Campaign, whether generously to increase their giving (as many have), to confirm their existing commitment (which is helpful as it allows the Church to budget more effectively) or to confirm that they have switched from envelope giving to standing order (which is more cost-effective and efficient for the Church). Confirmation of Gift Aid payment is also very important as it increases the value of donations by UK tax payers by 25p for every £1 given (at no cost to yourselves). Please make sure we have your up-to-date address in order to be able to claim Gift Aid on your contributions.
The PCC on 24 May received a positive report on the encouraging response to the Campaign so far – achieving an approximately £10,000 uplift in stewardship donations per annum from a 20% response rate, which we are advised is good. However, if you have still to respond (even simply to confirm your existing commitment will be maintained) please do so by 20 June when the Standing Committee meets and will receive an updated report.
If you are on the All Saints Electoral Roll, we hope you will have received the recent mailshot. Please contact the Parish Office on 020 7636 1788 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not yet had a Stewardship pack and would like one. They are also available on the table in Church.
SERVICES & EVENTS FOR JUNE 2016 BEYOND ALL SAINTS
HUGH PRICE HUGHES LECTURES 2016
The last lecture in the series will be held at Hinde St Methodist Church at 7.30pm. Admission is free & all are welcome! www.hindestreet.org.uk/hph
Living as Christians in Multi-faith Britain and
the Importance of Religious Literacy
14 June – Michael Wakelin, Religion & Media Consultant
ALL SAINTS MISSION ACTIVITIES:-
We have recently paid to the charities we had agreed to support through the Lent Appeal 2016 (and including applicable Gift Aid) the following sums:-
Marylebone Project – £2,666.67 – emergency refuge and rehoming project for homeless women.
Us (formerly USPG) – £2,666.67 – work with those experiencing Aids and HIV in Zimbabwe.
London Diocese Lent Appeal – £2,666.66 – this year supporting Syrian and Iraqi refugees through charities Open Doors and Aid to the Church in Need.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this great achievement – a significantly enhanced total collected through the Lent Appeal compared with recent years – of £8,000.
ONGOING SUPPORT for HOMELESS PEOPLE through:
MARYLEBONE PROJECT run by the CHURCH ARMY – A Day Centre, Residential and Transitional accommodation provider, re-settlement project and Educational and Training Unit for women. The Emergency Bed Unit – for which we have for some years helped to provide the funds for one of the 4 beds – offers a safe haven and refuge for women escaping domestic violence, financial crisis, sexual exploitation and mental health issues.
Year Round Support – we also support the Marylebone Resettlement Project with non-perishable food and toiletries or household necessities like cutlery or bed linen/blankets. Thank you to everyone who contributes food and household essentials via the basket in Church or handed in to the Parish Office. Please continue to donate these so we can help more people in need.
Day-to-day Support – we respond to the needs of homeless people who visit the church, providing luncheon vouchers for the West London Day Centre for rough sleepers who apply to the office (and just recently in 2016 donating £1,000 towards the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church in Tottenham Court Road) and allowing a few individuals, who need a place to shelter or sleep during the day, to rest in the back of the church. We have created an information resource for Church Watchers, giving useful advice to homeless and vulnerable people seeking particular support or services. In the face of a rising tide of homelessness in London, please help us fund and support people in need through our Mission activities.
Want to help someone sleeping rough but don’t know how?
Call Streetlink on 0300 500 0914 and they will get a visit from the local Street Team who can put them in contact with the services they may need.
FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS OR ASSISTANCE FROM ALL SAINTS MARGARET STREET:-
* If you would like to encourage others to take an interest in All Saints/keep up with what is happening here, please forward this email on to them, or to people you would like to invite to services or tell them about our websitewww.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk, which has a full colour 360 virtual tour for viewing the wonderfully restored interior of the Church – seewww.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk/history/virtualtour – before a visit or if unable to travel.
* If you know of others (near or far) who would like to receive this regular update on what’s happening at All Saints please encourage them to sign up for the email on the All Saints website – see the tab News & Events> Weekly Newsletter.
* If you would like prayers offered at All Saints, please email the Parish Administrator Mrs Dee Prior at: email@example.com. Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk/prayer.
* If you would like any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact:
The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or Assistant Priest Fr Michael Bowie: email@example.com.
DAILY SERVICES AT ALL SAINTS
On major weekday feasts, High Mass is sung at 6.30pm
SUNDAYS in Church
Low Mass 6.30pm (Saturday), 8am and 5.15pm. Morning Prayer 10.20am
HIGH MASS AND SERMON, 11am and
CHORAL EVENSONG, SERMON and BENEDICTION, 6pm.
MONDAY – FRIDAY
Morning Prayer 7.30am
Low Mass – 8am, 1.10pm and 6.30pm
Evening Prayer 6pm
(Except Bank Holidays – 12 noon Mass only)
Morning Prayer 7.30am
Low Mass – 12 noon and 6.30pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Evening Prayer 6pm
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.)
www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org