All Saints Parish Newsletter
Yesterday evening some of us were in a packed St. Paul’s Cathedral for a service which combined the admission to office of hundreds of churchwardens, including John and Chris from All Saints, with the launch of Capital Vision 2020.
It was an experience of the variety and vitality of the diocese.
One of the three themes of Capital Vision is being more compassionate in serving our communities with the love of God.
That compassion already finds expression in a thousand projects run by parishes across the diocese which serve people in a variety of needs. We heard from a youth project in Islington and a theatre group for troubled young people based at St. Saviour’s, Knightsbridge, (just behind Harrods, but serving a very different clientele).
In this Sunday’s Gospel – the raising of the Widow of Nain’s son – we see something more than a demonstration of divine power.
We see Jesus taking the initiative to help someone in need. No one appeals to him for healing for themselves or someone else. Jesus sees the need of a woman who represents the most vulnerable in her society (and ours) and responds to it.
The Christian past and present is filled with examples of such active compassion inspired by that divine compassion which is at the heart of God. It has inspired individual and communal action. It has inspired political campaigns to improve the way our society cares for its most vulnerable people.
The service last night was not just talk and music but prayer. One of the people leading the prayers was Jeremy Tayler, the latest, but I hope not the last, ordinand from All Saints.
At All Saints, on the evening before that great service, we held a quiet vigil of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. Prayer is not an escape from reality, as some think, but a deeper entering into it. The validity of our prayer is demonstrated not by the appearance of piety but by its outflowing in compassion.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Alan Moses
Prebendary Alan Moses
Please pray for: Harry Allan, Eleanor Chapman, Rachel Clayton, Christopher Coleman, Sheena Cruise, Sabrina Fry, Cecil Garrett, Timothy Harding, Mason Jacobsen, Katherine Lee, Joshua Levy, Tim Montgomery, Linda Orme, Martin Sargeant, Celia Shore, Stephen Short, Ian Stevens, Andrew Tillyard, Melanie Toogood, Christine Vaughn-Lillie, Heather Walker, Wendy Wall.
PARISH OFFICE REFURBISHMENT WORKS UPDATE
The works will continue for a few more days while we await the arrival of the carpet to be laid and replace the office furniture and papers. Phone messages will be responded to on 020 7636 1788 and emails should continue to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We expect all work to be concluded by Friday 15 June. We thank you for your patience and understanding while these essential works are completed.
This busy central London parish seeks to recruit a suitably qualified person as itsfull-time Parish Administrator. Supporting the Vicar and Churchwardens across a broad range of functions you will have effective planning, financial, co-ordination, administrative and marketing skills and facilities management experience. You will be capable of representing the Church and working well with the volunteers who support its work and contribute to the administration of its two sister churches of St Cyprian’s Clarence Gate and The Annunciation, Marble Arch. A detailed Job Description and full terms of the appointment can be found at: http://www.allsaintsmargaretstreet.org.uk/about/adminjobspec . To apply, submit a covering letter (detailing how your qualifications and experience match the person specification) with your CV and contact details for two referees. Send to: The Reverend Prebendary Alan Moses, Vicar, All Saints Vicarage, 7 Margaret Street, London W1W 8JG. Deadline for receipt: 5pm, Friday 21 June 2013.
St John the Evangelist, Auckland Road/Sylvan Road, Upper Norwood, London SE19 2RX. Programme includes works by: Hollins, Beethoven, Bach, Rousseau, Dupré, Rheinberger. Admission is free/retiring collection. Refreshments available after the recital. Easy access by car (unrestricted parking in local streets, bus 410 and rail and overground to Crystal Palace.
Friday 14 June, 7pm after Evening Mass – WELCOMING PARTY FOR NEWCOMERS to the ALL SAINTS ELECTORAL ROLL, downstairs in the Church Bar.
Thursday 27 June, 5.45pm – EVENSONG at All Saints – ‘Capella’ from the Wallace High School, Lisburn, Co. Antrim.
‘Let all mortal flesh’ Bairstow. Stanford in C – Greater Love Ireland.
Please come and support this youth group in their choir tour of London, when they will also be singing at Southwark Cathedral. Please note: on this occasion, Confessions will be heard from 5.15 – 5.45pm.
11.15am Pilgrimage Procession from St Mary’s Church of England School (Garnet Road, London NW10)
12 noon Festival Mass, Preacher: Fr Nicholas Wheeler, Priest-Missioner of the City of God, Rio de Janeiro
1.30pm Summer Fair
3pm Benediction & Sprinkling.