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Thursday 3 January 2013 at 17:14


Dear Friends,
If you haven’t ever attended Morning or Evening Prayer at All Saints, I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us any morning (Monday to Saturday) from 7am (Morning prayer begins at 7:30am) and Evening Prayer 6:00pm. You could attend on your way to, or home from work. 
I notice especially as we sit in on these darker mornings and evenings, the way the light falls under our present lighting system (fundraising to start this year for a new Lighting system in All Saints). In the Sanctuary, the Holy Family are well illumined, the next register of decoration is less obvious, but one can make out the image of our Lord being Crucified. This morning, I was struck, that Christ in Majesty exists just out of sight, I know it’s there, but in the lofty heights of the Sanctuary it is mysteriously shrouded by this worlds darkness.
It’s easy to see and share in the life of the Holy Family, hence it’s immediate illumination. To share in Christ’s suffering is less obvious, where as we often endure our own suffering without seeing how it might participate in our or others redemption. Yet the majesty of Christ seems hidden in the early morning darkness and the evening light having gone. Yet, it is that Majesty which the Magi see and recognise in our Gospel this coming Sunday as we celebrate The Epiphany….
Please pray for Christopher Ryan, Michael Harris, Linda Orme, Mary Barnet, Jackie Ferriter, Joshua Levy, Audrey Patterson, Celia Shore, Michael Sullivan, Rachel Clayton, Heather Walker, Richard Tann, Brian Sparkes, John Rogers, Mason Jacobson, Barbara Laws, Marguerite Crill, David Day, Timothy Montgomery, Timothy Harding, Andrew Tillyard, Stephen Finch, Jonathan Jennings, Caroline Chartres, Melanie, Angela Thompson, Rosie Flack The Recently Departed: Nicholas Assheton, Polly Rafter, Jacintha Saldhana, Fr. Richard Eyre, Dunbar Bryan, Geoffrey Oakeshott, Trisha Oakes, Fr. David Jowitt, Belinda Hill, Fr. Maurice Slaughter at the anniversary of their death: Henry Howell, John Wylde, Joan Banyard, John Auton, Ernest Waggett, Timothy Shaw, Emily Finnus, Tom Ryder, Mary Park, Constance Tweed, Robert Routledge, Winifred Nash, Lilian Yorke, Fay Ireland, Jill Horley, Anthony Bullock, Kay Leahy, Sylvia Scott, Jack Finnie, Alice Freeth, Hermia Mills, Ann Ind, Katherine Humphries, Michael Flemming, Anthea Candlin, Richard Candlin, Eric Bailey, Sophia Wickenden, Beryl Peryer.
PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE – Friday 1st February 2013 at 6:30 pm –Preacher: The Venerable Malcolm Squires, former Archdeacon of Wrexham
awn Welby-Cooke, one of our creative servers at All Saints, has over the past couple of days been creating a gingerbread copy of All Saints Margaret Street. A photograph is included in this email of this wonderful creation (pre-decorated), which is going to be sold off bit by bit on the feast of the Epiphany (this Sunday) in aid of the restoration fund. If you would like to munch on the spire, the nave roof or the quite, there are about 16 – 18 pieces you can buy to eat and share, including a gingerbread vicar and assistant priests. Donations for different parts are asked to be ‘generous’. Fr John insists that his effigy in gingerbread sells for no less than £10… It could feed a family!! Come and buy part of the ‘gingerbread Church’ – All Saints Margaret Street. Viewing in the parish room before mass or in the Courtyard if good weather.