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Friday 19 April 2013 at 18:45

 Dear friends,

In the Gospel this Sunday, Jesus is in the Temple at Hannukah, the Feast of Dedication. People crowd around him and demand that he tell them plainly who he is. He does answer them, but not in their terms. He reminds them of his words and works. These both cause faith and demand faith.
 “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.” Our first duty then is to listen to the voice of Jesus. So in our worship and prayer, and in daily life informed by them, we listen to the word of the Lord.
Worship is a dialogue, prayer a conversation. In them we speak, but if it is to be a real dialogue, a genuine conversation, then there must be listening. In our wiser moments, we know this to be true of our human relationships. It is even more so in our relationships with God. That is why at All Saints we place so much emphasis on silence, both before and during services: those times of reflection after we have heard the word proclaimed in scripture and received the word made flesh in sacrament.
Jesus speaks of knowing his disciples and their following him. It is in conversation that we get to know both another and ourselves. Of course Jesus knows more about us than we know ourselves. Knowing in this sense is not just acquiring information but growing in relationship, in communion. He wants to know us in love, but he does not force himself upon us. We have to follow him, spend time, a lifetime, with him, just as we must in any real human relationship.
And that relationship of listening and following in this life opens into something unimaginably greater than anything we could imagine: “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Alan Moses
Please pray for: Harry Allan, Eleanor Chapman, Rachel Clayton, Richard Evans, Rosie Flack, Charles Forker, Cecil Garrett, Timothy Harding, Mason Jacobsen, Joshua Levy, Sheila Lewis, Nick Luff, Tim Montgomery, Tony Pulleyn, Martin Sargeant, Celia Shore, Stephen Short, Jan Smith, Brian Sparkes, Ian Stevens, Andrew Tillyard, Melanie Toogood, Heather Walker, Wendy Wall
The recently departed: Edna Feakin, Susan McDowell, Gwen Graumann, Christopher Ryan, Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Ian Miller
At the anniversary of their death: Constance Briscoe, David Mason (priest), Charles Messenger, Elenor Stanton, Arthur Sandeman (priest), Hannah Ebbs, John Burton-White, Beatrice Atkins, Ada Louisa Brookes, Letitia Nettey, Bishop Ambrose Weekes, Sarah Edmonds, Sister Elizabeth Noel, Leslie Clutterham, Dorothy Coles, Ze Renato, Denzil Freeth.   



Saturday 27 April, 3pm, Poetry Tea, at Pamela’s

Theme: Beginnings and Endings. Cost £6, in aid of the Restoration Appeal. 
Please speak to Pamela or ring 0207 637 8456 for more information.

Monday 29 April, 7pm – PCC Meeting

There will be a meeting of the All Saints PCC in the Parish Room.

Future Events at All Saints

Thursday 9 May, 6.30pm – ASCENSION DAY
Preacher: The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses.
Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo – Hadyn.  Ascendit Deus – Philips.
Tuesday 14 May, 7pm – Anglican Catholic Future Talk
Travels with my Aunt: Companions in Catholic Mission
Speaker: The Revd Chris Chivers, Vicar of John Keble Church, Mill Hill and Chair of US (formerly USPG).
Sunday 19 May, 11am – THE DAY OF PENTECOST (Whit Sunday)
Preacher: The Vicar, Prebendary Alan Moses
Missa Brevis in B flat – Mozart. The Spirit of the Lord – Elgar.

Sunday 26 May – ORGAN RECITAL, 7.30pm
(after Evensong and Benediction)
Tim Byram-Wigfield (Director of Music Designate, All Saints). The programme includes works by Bach, Bohm, Mendelssohn, Jongen and Widor.

Monday 27 May – Walsingham National Pilgrimage
The coach leaves All Saints at 7.30 am. Concelebrated Mass at 12 noon followed by Sermon, Procession and Benediction at 2.30 pm.
Preacher: Most Rev & Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York.
Please contact Ross Buchanan (tel: 020 722 1312) for more information or to book a place.
Thursday 30 May, 6.30pm – CORPUS CHRISTI
Preacher: Father Tim Sledge, Vicar of Romsey Abbey
Missa Brevis in G – Mozart. O sacrum convivium – Messiaen