All Saints Parish Newsletter 30th June 2017
“Whoever receives you receives me and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” (Matt. 10.40)
The “Mission Sermon” in Matthew’s Gospel, which we have been hearing at the Eucharist on Sundays, ends with the promise of reward to those who “receive” or “welcome” Christian missionaries.
In the first instance, this meant the twelve apostles – those sent with Jesus’ authority to do as he had been doing in his ministry. Then, early Christian documents apply it to itinerant preachers. For St. Ignatius of Antioch it referred to the bishops as successors of the apostles and representatives of Christ. Later it would be applied to both the papacy (hence the papal title “Vicar of Christ”, now dropped in favour of more modest ones) and to the Church as a whole. The Reformers applied it to the office of preaching, so Calvin wrote: “Here Christ splendidly extols the dignity of pastors who exercise their ministry sincerely and faithfully.”
The whole discourse suggests that it applies in some sense to all disciples: we are all “vicars of Christ,” representing him to those around us. Every Christian, every “one of these little ones” Jesus speaks of, shares in the Church’s missionary proclamation.
Not many of us will be called to do that as itinerant preachers. Even most of the clergy live a more settled life but priests are often sent to places far from where we were born and brought up; where initially we are not known. We have to rely on the hospitality, support and welcome of parish communities.
In the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats near the end of Matthew’s Gospel (25.31-end), Jesus speaks of the reward for those whose acts of care and kindness to the poor and needy, “the least of these my brothers and sisters,” have been done unwittingly to him. Here he speaks of conscious acts of welcome and support extended to those who come in his name; those recognized as being “prophets” or “righteous persons.” That recognition will bring the appropriate reward. In a sense that reward comes in knowing that we are playing our part in Christ’s mission by supporting those who have particular roles in it.
Many of us may feel that we are among the “little ones” when it comes to mission. Unlike the Bishop of the Vicar, we are not numbered among the official representatives of Christ: those who preach or teach, lead worship of celebrate the sacraments. But however insignificant we may think our role is, that does not mean we have none. The question is then: How are we to exercise it?
We need to recognize that if we are known to be Christians where we live and work, then we will be seen as representing Christ. So, we are called to grow in his likeness, lest what people see in us is so marred an image of him that they reject him.
So, we must keep Christ, his life, work and teaching before our eyes, reading and reflecting on the scriptures, welcoming him into our hearts and feeding on him in Holy Communion, allowing him to direct, form and guide all that we do and say, so that people who encounter us, who experience our community, might receive a reward, might find a blessing.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Alan Moses
Vicar, All Saints Margaret Street
THIS WEEK’S PRAYER DIARY
Please pray for those who have asked for our prayers: Asia Bibi, Hannelore Sibley, Maria Magdalena Gedmanaite, Faddy Hardo, Ken Hales, Fr Giles Fraser, Gulzari Babber, John Hughes, Ron Capon, Patricia Capon, Emma and Colin, Fr John Rick III, Nancy Gardner, Andy O’Connor, Katie Marko, Andrew Evans, Sarah Payne and Rodney Bickerstaffe.
Pray for the recently departed: All those lost and grieving as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire, Carole Capel-Bradford, Stewart Laing, Sister Margaret Dewey SSM, Geoffrey Rowell bishop, Iris Podmore, Leeroy Barrow, Dale Burton, Vicky Wilmott and Hugh Cox.
Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week including: Mary Lightfoot, Kenneth O’Ferral priest, Barbara Brentnall, John Pearce, Emily Davis, Marie Padley, Phillip Smith, Molly Mather, Lucy Wentworth-Reeve, Wilfred Burling and Tom Sanders.
For full service information: www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk.
TONIGHT FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, 8pm – CELEBRATORY JAZZ CONCERT
DIGBY FAIRWEATHER’S HALF DOZEN in an evening of traditional jazz at All Saints. Everyone is invited to join Fr Michael in celebrating his Silver Jubilee of priesting – entry free but donations (with Gift Aid if appropriate please!) requested for the All Saints Foundation (which takes care of the All Saints’ heritage buildings). Interval drinks will be available for a donation. Please join us for this special concert at All Saints and bring friends!
WORSHIP THIS WEEK:
SUNDAY 2 JULY – Trinity 3
HIGH MASS, 11am
Father Michael Bowie is celebrating his Silver Jubilee of Priestly Ordination today
Guest Preacher: Canon Dr Robin Ward, Principal of St Stephen’s House
Vierne Messe Solonelle
Verdi Va pensiero
There is no Sunday Lunch service this week.
EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm
Preacher: The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Sumsion Setting in G
Byrd Sing joyfully
SUNDAY 2 JULY, 7.15pm after Benediction
LAURENCE LONG ORGAN RECITAL
All Saints’ Dr John Birch Organ Scholar will give his last recital as Organ Scholar.
Programme: J S Bach’s Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528 (Adagio – Vivace, Andante, Un poco allegro); J. Alain’s Deux danses à Agni Yavishta, AWV 61 and J. Rheinberger’s Organ Sonata No. 16 in G# minor, Op. 175 (Allegro moderato, Skandinavisch, Introduction – Fuge).
Entry is free, but we invite retiring donations (recommended £5) to support the Choir and Music at All Saints. The All Saints Licensed Club/Bar below the Church will be open after this recital.
WORSHIP NEXT SUNDAY
HIGH MASS, 11am
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Rachmaninov Mass in B flat
Rachmaninov Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria)
EVENSONG & BENEDICTION, 6pm
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Harwood Setting in A flat
Howells O pray for the peace of Jerusalem
PARISH NOTICES & NEWS
Saturday 1 July, 1pm, All Saints – Beau Chant Voices – a visiting choir from Minnesota, USA, on a tour in London – will perform a short informal set of pieces from their repertoire of sacred and secular music following the Lunchtime Mass at 12 noon. All welcome.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM – Friday 21 – Monday 24 July. Places are limited but contact Ross Buchanan (Mob: 07905 863578 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will try to fit you in.
“HELP US TO STAY” – Wednesday 26 July, 7pm – An illustrated talk on his recent pilgrimage to the Lebanon with Aid to the Church in Need, by Fr. David Ackerman, Vicar of St. John’s, Kensal Green. Aid to the Church in Need was one of the charities supported by the 2016 Bishop of London’s Lent Appeal, and one of All Saints’ Lent Appeal projects.
Tuesday 15 August
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – HIGH MASS and OUTDOOR PROCESSION with choir and brass accompaniment 6.30pm
Preacher: Fr Richard Peers, Director of Education, Diocese of Liverpool
Mozart Missa Brevis in C ‘Orgelsolo’, K.259
Elgar Ave Maria
Guilmant Grand Choeur in E flat (Op. 40 No 4)
SERVICES THIS WEEK
Monday 3 to Friday 7 July
7.30am Morning Prayer
8am Low Mass
1.10pm Low Mass
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm Low Mass
Saturday, 8 July
11.30am Rosary and Walsingham Devotions
12 noon Low Mass of Our Lady of Walsingham.
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday
Next Sunday, 9 July ~ 4th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass
10.20am Morning Prayer
11am High Mass with Choir & Sermon Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
5.15pm Low Mass
6pm Evensong, Sermon and Benediction Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
BEYOND ALL SAINTS and of interest…
ST CYPRIAN’S CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX – Saturday 1 July 2017 CELEBRATION OF THE 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF T S ELIOT’S BAPTISM (29 June 1927) with Bishop Rowan Williams & Bishop Richard Harries. Tickets going fast so get in touch ASAP!
T S Eliot was baptized at Finstock, Oxfordshire. At the time and from 1920 – 1932 he lived successively at flats 9, 98, 177 and 68 Clarence Gate Gardens. St Cyprian’s was his parish church where he became a daily worshipper and where Viv, his first wife continued to worship after the marriage ended.
Programme for the Day:
10.30am Arrivals and Coffee. 11am Welcome and Introductions.
11.10am Poems read by Pupils of the Francis Holland School, Regent’s Park
11.40am +Rowan William: The Fire and the Rose: Eliot and the Incarnation
12.20pm +Richard Harries: T. S. Eliot’s Conversion and in Conversation with +Rowan
1pm Cold Buffet Lebanese Lunch with Wine
Church open to the public from 2.40pm. Donations are invited for tea & cake after:
3pm Evensong & Benediction with the Francis Holland School Choir
The morning and lunch is by ticket only (limited to 150). Price £40 – available from Fr Gerald Beauchamp email@example.com. Tickets will be sent by post so please include your mailing address. Cheques to be made payable to ‘St Cyprian’s PCC’ or payment by BACS to 56-00-14/12138126 Ref ’T S Eliot’. Profits from the day will be shared equally between St Cyprian’s Church and Christian Aid. With regret, the church has no sound system or loop and neither are there toilets available for disabled people.
ST CYPRIAN’S CLARENCE GATE, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX – Sunday 2 July 2017 DEDICATION FESTIVAL combined with the licensing of Fr Michael Fuller to the Parish.Guest Preacher: Archdeacon of London, Fr Luke Miller.
ALL SAINTS MISSION PROJECTS
Our year-round fundraising efforts go to support three charities:
The Church Army hostels and programmes in Marylebone empowering homeless women into independent living.
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 especially is needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street and also by the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, both of whom provide a daily 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 is now also collecting women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home!
The Soup Kitchen specifically calls for: men’s trousers (sizes 32-36) and men’s sturdy/athletic shoes (sizes 9-12 especially) and say ‘we also need men’s outerwear of all varieties and rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’
The Soup Kitchen team (only part-time cover) asks: ‘Please drop me a line if you are planning to drop things off here. As always, many thanks for your support.’ Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD T: 020 7580 2791 www.amchurch.co.uk/soup-kitchen/
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The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, London W1 W 8JG
Vicar: The Reverend Prebendary Alan Moses
T: 07973 878040 E:email@example.com (Day off: Saturday)
Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: firstname.lastname@example.org (Day off: Wednesday)
Honorary Assistant Priests: The Revd Gerald Beauchamp, The Revd Julian Browning, The Revd Barry Orford
Safeguarding Officers: Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and: Janet Drake (Children)
DAILY SERVICES AT ALL SAINTS
SUNDAYS in Church
Low Mass 6.30pm (Saturday), 8am and 5.15pm. Morning Prayer 10.20am
HIGH MASS and SERMON, 11am and
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)
Low Mass – 12 noon and 6.30pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Evening Prayer 6pm
On major weekday feasts, High Mass is sung at 6.30pm
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.)