All Saints Parish Newsletter 15th May 2015
The Gospel this Sunday is part of what is known as Jesus’ “high priestly prayer” or his “prayer of consecration.”
It comes as the conclusion of Jesus’ farewell discourses to his disciples. It is a passage of great depth which even a series of sermons could only begin to plumb.
In this brief letter I want to highlight one part:
“I have given them your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of this world, just as I do not belong to this world. I do not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you should protect them from the evil one.”
Hatred of Christians is not ancient history but present reality. The last century saw more Christian martyrs than any previous one.
The plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East is much in our minds. Even the media have begun to take notice of this unfolding tragedy.
What can we do in the face of the maelstrom of Middle Eastern politics and the savage Islamist terror?
Our Deanery Synod has asked the Diocesan Synod to debate a motion of solidarity with our suffering brothers and sisters and this will be on the agenda in early July. I am working with the Bishop, who attended the recent canonisation of the Armenian Martyrs and met many of the leaders of the ancient churches of the Middle East, and others whose knowledge is greater, so that this motion can be couched in the most effective way.
In the meantime, we can all join in our Lord’s prayer for those who suffer the hatred of the world.
Here at All Saints, we remember those who suffer persecution daily and on Fridays a candle burns as a focus of our prayer for them. As we pray for them, we should not forget that there are other persecuted minorities and we should pray for them too and for their persecutors.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Alan Moses
Prebendary Alan Moses
Vicar of All Saints Margaret Street
Area Dean of Westminster & St Marylebone
Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers: Asia Bibi. Fr. Bruce Barnett- Cowan, Ella Carroll, James Cary-Elwes, Ian Coull, Paul Curno, Jonty Gordon, Hugo Gralka, Tim Harding, Yvonne & Philip Harland, Elspeth Harley, Lewis Harvey, Maxwell Hutchinson, Alice Jullien, Molly Leng, Peggy Leeman, Anthea Lepper, Joshua Levy, Christine Loffty, Hilary Morgan, David Pearce, Pat Phillips, Jock Scott, Fr. Nicholas Stacey, Buzz Stokes, Celia Swan, Henrietta Vaizey, Joy Wright, Marc Young and Revd. Mary Spredbury.
For the recently departed: Mike McKenna, Hilary Mary Waters, Jim Holden, Jane Allen and Patrick Lepper, Sheila Kenyon, Jack Symes and Malcolm Richards (whose Funeral Mass takes place at All Saints on Monday 18 May at 2.30pm).
Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week: Lucy Heath, Michael White-Cooper (priest and former server at All Saints), William Crane (PCC Member & Sidesman), Thomas O’Neil (Priest), Flora Clutterham, Frank Biggart, Mary Cottell, Betty Johnson, Eliza Poutney, Eric Arnold (Director of Music, All Saints), Alan James, Wendy Johnson and Basil Kiernander.
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY 17 MAY – Seventh Sunday of Easter (Sunday after Ascension Day) HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses
Missa Christi – Leighton
Ascendens Christus in altum – Andrew Gant
Ten to One Talk in Church after Mass: Theme: Intercession & Doxology. The bell will ring beforehand.
Sunday Lunch is being cooked by Chris Self and will be Roast Lamb, with a selection of vegetables and sticky toffee cheese-cake for dessert. Tickets on sale in the Parish Room before and after Mass – £5.
CHORAL EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Service in A – Naylor
O clap your hands together – Gibbons
WORSHIP NEXT SUNDAY 24 MAY –THE DAY OF PENTECOST (Whit Sunday) PROCESSION & HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Missa Solemnis in C, K337 – Mozart
Dum complerentur dies Pentecostes – Palestrina
Ten to One Talk after Mass: Theme: The Lord’s Prayer. The bell will ring beforehand.
Sunday Lunch is being cooked by Stuart Voy and team. Tickets on sale in the Parish Room before and after Mass – £5.
CHORAL EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Service in E – Watson
Der Geist hilft –Bach
CHRISTIAN AID WEEK – Donation envelopes should be returned to Church on Sunday 17 May please (or to the Parish Office as soon as possible afterwards).
FUNERAL MASS FOR MALCOLM RICHARDS – Monday 18 May 2.30pm, All Saints.
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED for the week from Bank Holiday Monday 25 May. Office opens again Monday 1 June. Emails and phone calls will be monitored and anything urgent will be dealt with.
Monday 18 – Saturday 23 May – BISHOP OF LONDON’S THIRD DIOCESAN WEEK OF PRAYER – this year for the Great Feast of Pentecost, praying that we may be strengthened in our inner being with power through his Spirit (Ephesians III. 16). In his invitation to take part in the Week of Prayer Bishop Richard says:
I hope that once again many of you will come to St Paul’s Cathedral to pray during this week. As well as the Cathedral’s regular pattern of worship there will be dedicated space in the Chapel of St Michael and St George to support your prayer journey over the week in creative and different ways…..In whatever ways you are able, join us in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost, for I am convinced that there is nothing that is impossible for a Church that is confident, compassionate and creative in the power of the Spirit and in union with Jesus Christ our Lord. With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel, Richard London +
Saturday 30 May – please note that there will be no 12 noon Mass at All Saints on this date, due to a long-standing commitment for a visit by the West Sussex Organists Association, which was made before the Mass time was changed.
HELP NEEDED with CORPUS CHRISTI Procession – Thursday 4 June – evening. Stewards and leafleters to assist with the Procession from Church around Oxford Street – training will be given. We want to make this an even bigger act of witness this year and need additional helpers. If you can assist, please contact Cedric Stephens on 020 7 637 7468 or see him after Mass one Sunday before then.
EVENTS AT ALL SAINTS IN MAY/JUNE
Monday 18 May – Meeting of the Standing Committee of the PCC (follows 6.30pm Mass).
Sunday 24 May – Events Committee Meeting after Mass.
Thursday 4 June – CORPUS CHRISTI – HIGH MASS and Outdoor Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, 6.30pm.
Preacher: The Revd Dr Peter Groves, St Mary Magdalen, Oxford
Mass Setting: Missa Brevis in F – Mozart,
O sacrum convivium – Messiaen, Ave verum corpus – Mozart
Sunday 7 June – ALL SAINTS CLUB AGM takes place after Evensong. All members are welcome to attend and vote. The bar will open afterwards
EVENTS ELSEWHERE in MAY/JUNE
Saturday 16 May, 7pm – St Cyprian’s Church – ST CYPRIAN’S SINGERS – NEW YORK TOUR FUNDRAISING CONCERT
Programme includes: Frank Martin Mass for double choir and works by Tallis, Shepphard, Bairstow, Howells, MacMillan and Whitacre. Tickets £15 including Buffet.
Thursday 21 May 2015, 6:15pm at Westminster Abbey – 30TH ERIC SYMES ABBOTT MEMORIAL LECTURE entitled “Blessed are the Hypocrites? Saying sorry in a tell-all age”.
This will be given by The Reverend Lucy Winkett, Rector of St James’s Piccadilly.
The lecture is free, and all are welcome, but prior booking is requested.
For further details please see: http://westminster-abbey.org/events/events/30th-eric-symes-abbott-memorial-lecture-blessed-are-the-hypocrites
IRAQI CHRISTIANS IN NEED FUNDRAISING RECITALS – Carl Bahoshy (who came to All Saints last year) has been giving fundraising piano & organ recitals over recent weeks at churches and Cathedrals outside London in aid of Iraqi Christians In Need (www.icin.org.uk). He is keen to spread the word as far as possible. Please could you let any friends who might attend and who live in these areas know of these recitals? The venues and times are as follows:-
St. George’s RC Church, Billet Street, Taunton TA1 3NN (Somerset): Friday, 22 May, 7pm (piano & organ recital)
St. Matthew’s Church, 71 Station Road, Redhill, RH1 1DL: Thursday, 4 June, 1:10pm (piano & organ recital)
St. Patrick’s RC Church, Netham Road, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9PF: Saturday, 20 June, 7:30pm (piano & organ recital).
Sunday 24 May – THE CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WESTMINSTER 2015 PENTECOST CELEBRATION will be held at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2H 8EP. It will take the form of Informal Church and will commence at 5.15pm with cold buffet, followed by worship, reflection and response. Organisers advise that this is an ecumenical service, and all are very welcome to join. They look forward to meeting you there!
Monday 25 May – THE NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE, WALSINGHAM – a day excursion by coach from All Saints to Walsingham. To find out more/book a place on the coach, please contact: Ross Buchanan (020 7 221 1312).
Saturday 30 May, 6.30 – 7.30pm – St Cuthbert’s, Philbeach Gardens, Earl’s Court (nearest tube: Earl’s Court) – RECITAL BY THE AMERICAN CONCERT ORGANIST, CHRISTIAN SCHOEN
Repertoire: JS Bach, Buxtehude, Vierne and several 20th century American composers. Free admission, collection in support of Organ Restoration Fund.
Sunday 31 May, 3pm – POETRY TEA AT PAMELA’S – Theme of ‘Light’. Please see Pamela or Sandra Wheen for directions to the house. Tickets £6 in aid of All Saints’ Restoration Appeal.
Thursday 25 June at 7.30pm – St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood – Organ Concert: THOMAS TROTTER, International Concert Organist, Birmingham City Organist, and Organist, St Margaret’s, Westminster. Admission free; retiring collection in aid of the Church restoration fund. Light refreshments afterwards.
ALL SAINTS RESTORATION PROJECT UPDATE – work and fundraising near complete but FURTHER DONATIONS NEEDED to cover final invoices. New wiring and lighting, essential CCTV security and fire detection systems cost £372,000. Fire alarm commissioning is now completed and the new system in use. The glass shades for the chandeliers have arrived and the majority fitted (last ones by early June). As the project reaches its conclusion, and the final invoices are received, we have recently had a number of generous gifts that have successfully eliminated loans (from an initial level of £35,000) so any more gifts will allow us a small reserve against the final cost of the works. If there are any surplus funds when all bills are paid, these will go towards future restoration projects.
HOW YOU CAN HELP………. please be as generous as you can, making cheques payable to:
All Saints Church Restoration Appeal and sending them to:
The Parish Administrator, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG.
Please indicate where Gift Aid may be applied as it increases the value of your contribution by 25% at no cost to yourself. Thank you!
ALL SAINTS MISSION ACTIVITIES
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.
Seasonal Appeals – The grand total collected in 2014 was £3,463 (up significantly on 2013’s support of £2,790) to this Mission Project through the All Saints Festival and Lent Appeals. The Project (in acknowledging our support) said: ‘Such a wonderful amount to have raised, thank you so very much for your valued support’.
A further £3,000 raised in 2014 for Us (formerly USPG) was acknowledged to be a ‘very generous gift’ which will be used to feed communities and generate income to support AIDS orphans in child-headed families in Zimbabwe.
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. 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 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 project.
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:-
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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 (NOTE REVISED TIME for Saturdays and Bank Holidays) 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.