All Saints Parish Newsletter
Sunday’s readings include these words from Revelation:
"Lo! He is coming with the clouds;
every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail."
These echo words we heard at the end of the St. John Passion on Good Friday: "and they shall look on him whom they have pierced."
We hear them in conjunction with St. John’s acccount of the appearances of Jesus to his disciples on the day of his resurrection and eight days later. On the first occasion, he shows them his wounds; on the second, he invites Thomas to touch his wounds to prove that he is risen.
We hear these words too in Charles Wesley’s great Advent hymn, "Lo! He comes with clouds descending." Its second verse goes:
"Every eye shall now behold him
Robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold him,
Pierced and nailed him to the tree,
Shall the true Messiah see."
Disciples who had abandoned Jesus must have viewed his risen apperance to them with mixed feelings. How would he treat them?
"Those dear tokens of his passion
Still his dazzling body bears,
Cause of endless exultation
To his ransomed worshippers:
With what rapture
Gaze we on these glorious scars!"
The disciples found not reproach or punishment but empowering with the Spirit for the mission which Jesus was entrusting to them.
We come to worship, to hear the Gospel. That Gospel makes us conscious of our sin and failure. But that is not the last word. We are not condemned and damned for our betrayals and denials but "ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven." We can "Go in the peace of Christ." But we too are entrusted with our share in Christ’s mission. We are to "Go in peace to love and serve the Lord,"
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Alan Moses
SATURDAY EVENSONG –
At All Saints 13th April at 4pm, sung by former choristers.
FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION –
Tuesday 16th April at 7pm
Preacher: the Very Revd. David Ison, Dean of St. Paul’s.
ANGLICAN CATHOLIC FUTURE LAUNCH –
Thursday 18th April at 6.30pm Mass
VOCATIONS DAY –
Saturday 20th April, 10.30am-4pm
ALL SAINTS CABARET NIGHT –
Sunday 21st April at 7.30pm
POETRY TEA at Pamela’s
Saturday 27th April at 3pm on the theme Beginnings and Endings
ORGAN RECITAL – Tim Byram-Wigfield – newly appointed Director of Music at All Saints
Sunday 26th May after Evensong and Benediction
Prelude & Fugue in G BWV541 – JS Bach
Vater unser im Himmelreich – Georg Bohm
Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream op 61 – Felix Mendelssohn-Bartohldy arr Gordon Nevin
Priere op 47 – Joseph Jongen
Final from Symphonie no 8 op 42 – Charles Marie Widor