All Saints Parish Newsletter
Friday 28 June 2013
In this Sunday’s Epistle (Galatians 5.1,13-25), Paul contrasts life in the Spirit and life in the "flesh."
It does have a sexual dimension: "fornication, impurity and licentiousness." In a highly sexualised age like ours we should not pretend this no longer matters. Sex is for the building of loving relationship – not its destruction by abuse or infidelity or its trivialisation by promiscuity.
But sexual misbehaviour is only part of a greater whole involving: "idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these."
Paul’s antidote to the "flesh" is the self-emptying love by which Christ fulfilled the Law. Such love should govern our relations with one another.
Galatians is Paul’s great defence of Christian freedom -"for freedom, Christ has set us free," but our freedom is not license, "an opportunity for self-indulgence," and certainly not to abuse and exploit others in pursuit of our own ends and gratification.
Paul paints a word picture of a Christian community seeking to live in this freedom; to live guided by the Spirit whose fruit is "love, joy and peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control."
We have to practice these, not just think about them. Nor should we delude ourselves or others by thinking that such fruits will grow unless "those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Alan Moses
A NEW PRIEST FOR ST. CYPRIAN’S – September 2013
Fr Simon Stokes will be joining the ministry of the parish of St. Cyprian’s in September.
Fr Simon is a self-supporting priest who is currently on the staff of Holy Redeemer, Clerkenwell. He is married to Buzz and they have three children: Hannah who is a pupil at the St Marylebone School, Dominic who is a chorister at Westminster Abbey and Grace who is at St George’s Hanover Square.
Fr Simon is a partner in the law firm Blake Lapthorn specialising in commercial law (telecommunications, media and technology) and will be licenced by the Archdeacon on St. Cyprian’s Day (Sunday 15 September).
We are very glad that Fr Simon has agreed to come to St. Cyprian’s and work within the wider context of All Saints and the Annunciation. Fr Gerald Beauchamp knew Fr Simon and Buzz before Fr Simon was ordained. They lived near St. Mary the Boltons, where Fr Gerald was vicar, and he baptised their daughter, Hannah.
While Fr. Simon’s ministry will be primarily at St. Cyprian’s, we at All Saints look forward to getting to know him. In the meantime, we pray for him and his family.
An opportunity to express our appreciation to all those who give freely of their energy, talent and time to make much of what we do at All Saints possible.
Saturday 6 July
CELL OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM – DAY PILGRIMAGE to St Mary’s Willesden. Programme as follows:
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 and 3pm Benediction & Sprinkling.
Sunday 14 July, 7.15pm – ORGAN RECITAL (after Benediction) – James Perkins, Organ Scholar, All Saints. Programme to include: Stanford, Bach, Ireland, Whitlock and Reger. Retiring collection for the All Saints Choir and Music Trust (suggested donation: £3.50). Cash bar afterwards in the Courtyard, weather permitting.
Fr Gerald Beauchamp, Assistant Priest at All Saints, is thinking about organising a pilgrimage to Iona, Monday 6 – Sunday 12 April 2015. It was the Isle of Iona that S. Columba made his home in the sixth century and from where much of the north of the British Isles was evangelised. The group will stay at Bishop’s House. There are 15 rooms (8 double, 7 single).
Depending on how many go the cost for full board will be £350-£460 per person at 2013 prices. In addition there are travel costs. Again this will vary depending on whether the group goes by air, rail or road. We should allow up to another £250 per person.
Group members will need to be able-bodied and not prone to sea sickness. It’s impossible to predict what the weather will be like but group members will need to be prepared for all that Scotland is famous for!
For further information see the following websites:
Bishop’s House http://www.island-retreats.org/iona
S. Columba https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columba