All Saints Parish Newsletter 22nd June 2016
We know how urgently the Church of England needs more priests, especially from our tradition. Friends who are Diocesan Directors of Ordinands regularly tell me that around 80% of the prospective ordination candidates sent to them now come from strong Evangelical churches. Good for them. The problem is that fewer than 20% of the parishes of the Church of England are in that settled tradition, and most of those are urban. But two thirds of our parishes are rural and most of those are what used to be called ‘middle church’ – that vast centre ground of the Church of England which was catholicised by our movement to the extent that the principal Sunday service is a Eucharist and vestments are worn, but where deeper Catholic teaching has probably not been well-established. These churches have a local focus and, often, a small group of dedicated congregants, many of whom are very devout and have a distinctive (though often rather private) spirituality. At present, as the numbers above suggest, many of these parishes are increasingly being staffed by good Evangelical clergy, many of whom try conscientiously to learn the more Anglican tradition of their parish, though some try to alter it beyond recognition, a change which rarely ‘takes’ in small rural communities. In either scenario there is, quite simply, a serious mismatch between who is ordained and who goes to church, which can prove destructive for both clergy and congregations.
We need more priests from our tradition who are confident and well-formed in the Catholic faith. Churches like All Saints have provided many ordinands to the Church and I hope we shall continue to do so. It is a great joy that Jeremy Tayler is being ordained as a priest tomorrow and will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday evening. I will be at his ordination and Fr Gerald hopes to attend his first Mass. We are also helping to support our friend Philip Sanneh who has served at the altar and acted as subdeacon at All Saints and has just been ordained deacon for the Church in the Gambia.
As I approach twenty-five years in orders I remember very clearly in the days before ordination receiving a surprising number of extremely thoughtful postcards and notes from all sorts of people, many of whom I didn’t even know, from my home parish in Sydney and from the congregation at St Mary Magdalene’s Oxford, where, like Philip, I had been serving and had functioned as a subdeacon. Several of these simply indicated that they were praying for me and insisted that they didn’t want a reply to their message. That type of support is more helpful than you can imagine. Please pray for Jeremy and Philip, as for all others ordained at this season, and pray also for more priests formed in the tradition we love.
Yours in Christ,
Fr Michael Bowie
Assistant Priest, 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, Br. Michael OSB, Vivien Caplowe, James Cary-Elwes, Bishop Michael Colclough, Dennis Davis, Mark Dougly, Kate Down, David Fettke, Ghislain Hamelin, Lewis Harvey, Julia Holland and family, Maria Keen, Andrew Laird, Tom Leader, Miriam Nelson, Robyn Newton, Fr. Robert Norwood, Oliver Orr, David Pearce, Agnes Poitevin-Navarre, Canon John Rees, Alma Sheard, Stella and Helen Skinner, 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, Margaret Nolder, Nicholas Harington, Valerie Hawkins, Keith Rowlands, Ian Atkins, Sister Joan Fabre, Sister Isabel SLG, Jo Cox and victims of the Orlando massacre.
Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Dorothy Jordan, Leslie Moses, Margaret Jervis, Sandra Allan, Hugo Gralka, John Slater (Priest and Assistant Curate All Saints 1970 – 77), Edith Taylor, Frieda Bailey, Edward Roberts (Bishop & Assistant Curate All Saints 1931 – 35), John Hughes (Priest), Peggy Leeman, Harry Lye, William Roberts, Andrew Barker, Gladys Dare, Richard Price (Priest & former member of All Saints’ Choir), Barbara Treadway (Friend of All Saints), Philip Cranmer (former Chorister & Trustee of the All Saints Choir & Music Trust), Valerie Southcott and Mary Lightfoot.
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WORSHIP THIS WEEK:
SUNDAY 26 June
Fifth Sunday after Trinity
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Father Julian Browning
Missa Brevis – Gabrieli
Exsultate Deo – Palestrina
Sunday Lunch is served. Daniel Fielden is cooking Beef casserole, potato mash/green beans followed by dessert & coffee. 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 Michael Bowie
Second Service – Gibbons
A new song – Macmillan
WORSHIP NEXT WEEK:
SUNDAY 3 JULY
S THOMAS THE APOSTLE
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Collegium Regale – Howells
Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks – Howells
Sunday Lunch is served. Chris Self and Janice Fielden are the chefs. Tickets for lunch will be on sale for £5 from the Parish Shop before and after Mass (subject to availability).
EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Sumsion in G Beati quorum via – Stanford
TIMOTHY BYRAM-WIGFIELD’S ORGAN RECITAL
follows Benediction at 7.15pm.
The Director of Music’s Programme includes:
Praeludium über “Lobet den Herrn“ Niels Gade
Pastorale, from Seven Sketches on the Psalms Percy Whitlock
Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor No 22,
BWV 867, from Book 1 of the ‘48’J.S.Bach transcribed Max Reger
Puck’s Shadow Richard Popplewell and Introduction
Passacaglia and Fugue Healey Willan (first performed 31st July 1916).
Entry is free with retiring collection to support the Choir & Music of All Saints (suggested donation £5). The All Saints Licensed Club/Bar will be open after the recital.
Yvonne Harland – RIP
Yvonne’s Funeral Mass will take place at All Saints on Thursday 30 June at 6.30pm. Followed by a burial at North Watford Cemetery on Friday 1 July at 10.30am.
Pray for those to be ordained this Petertide, among them Jeremy Tayler to be ordained priest by Nigel, Bishop at Lambeth in the Parish Church of St James, Sussex Gardens on Saturday 25 June 2016 at 3pm respectively. Michael Lynch is ordained priest the same day at St James at 10.30am. Pray too for the Rev’d Dr Anders Bergquist, Maura, Blanche and Ginevra, and the people of St John’s Wood, among whom Jeremy is to continue to serve. Jeremy will celebrate the Eucharist for the first time on Sunday 26 June at 6.30pm.
ALL SAINTS’ STEWARDSHIP 2016 – Campaign Outcome
We would like to warmly thank everybody who responded to the Campaign – some 50 people (or a rate of 23%) of those on the Electoral Roll – which was very good. The outcome is that regular giving has been increased by £12,540 (including applicable Gift Aid) per annum, closing the budget gap and with a margin of £3,740, which is helpful given the overall pressures on church funds. In addition, two generous donors contributed one-off donations of £1,500 (including Gift Aid) to ease the deficit reported for the 2015 financial year. The Vicar and Churchwardens, on behalf of the All Saints PCC, are most grateful for everyone’s prayerful generosity.
SPONSOR THE VICAR ON FUNDRAISING PILGRIMAGE
Fr. Alan began his 1,000 km fundraising walking pilgrimage (625 miles in 40 days) from Seville to Santiago de Compostela on Tuesday 31 May. Three weeks later, he has now reached Salamanca, half way along the route, and is on schedule. We receive regular reports of his progress including photographs, which are put out as bulletins on the church table while he is away. You can also follow his progress on the map by the church door. If you would like to sponsor Fr. Alan to help achieve his target of £20k 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. With Gift Aid, Fr Alan is just about half way to the target now… please help close the gap. Thank you.
CHOIR from the PHILIPPINES at ALL SAINTS
Monday 11 July, 7.30pm after Evening Mass
Short Choral Concert with the award-winning Coro San Benildo of De La-Salle College of St Benilde, Manila. Following their participation in the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod 2016 in Wales, this choir of young men and women will give an hour-long concert in London for one night only. In collaboration with the Philippine Embassy London. Admission is free, but a retiring collection will be taken in aid of All Saints Margaret Street (suggested donation £5). All welcome.
SERVICES & EVENTS FOR JUNE and JULY 2016 BEYOND ALL SAINTS
ST MARY’S BOURNE STREET TALKS
One of London’s principal Anglo-Catholic churches, closely connected with the intellectual thought of the Catholic tradition in the Church of England, will be holding a number of lectures in memory of the distinguished personalities who were instrumental in the life of this church. On Wednesday 22 June at 7pm a talk will be given by the Right Hon the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, President of the Supreme Court and his topic will be, The grace of God is in courtesy. The following one will be given by the Right Rev’d and Right Hon the Lord Williams of Oystermouth, former Archbishop of Canterbury on Thursday 22 September, when his topic will be, ‘The Malines Legacy: a vision for Anglican – Roman catholic dialogue?’ Admission is free and the lectures will be held in the church.
COMPLINE at ST CYPRIAN’S
Compline is a service of evening prayers forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said (or chanted) before retiring for the night. It is planned to recite the office of Compline at St Cyprian’s on the last Thursday of each month at 9pm. It is a short, reflective service, comprising psalms, prayers and a hymn, said or sung. We will observe silence before and after the service, which we hold in the choir, in candlelight and the minimum of artificial light. Laypersons will lead compline, and all are welcome. The dates for the next few services will be the following Thursdays: 30 June, 28 July and 25 August.
The All Saints Parish Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham takes place from Friday 15 to Monday 18 July this year, with the group of pilgrims being led by Fr Michael Bowie.
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 donating £1,000 towards the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church in Tottenham Court Road this year. We also allow 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: email@example.com.
Or Assistant Priest Fr Michael Bowie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.)