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Friday 28 June 2013 at 11:22

Friday 28 June 2013

Dear Friends,

In this Sunday’s  Epistle (Galatians 5.1,13-25), Paul contrasts life in the Spirit and life in the "flesh."

The "flesh" for many in our culture simply means sex. But Paul means more than sexual misconduct. The "flesh" is the self-seeking desire that opposes God’s will and the good of others.

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

Please pray for: Harry Allan, Eleanor Chapman, Rachel Clayton, Christopher Coleman, Sheena Cruise, Charles Forker, Sabrina Fry, Timothy Harding, Pat Hawkins, Denise Inge, Mason Jacobsen, Katherine Lee, Joshua Levy, Nick Luff, Tim Montgomery, Miriam Morris, Linda Orme, Grenfell Prince, Martin Sargeant, Celia Shore, Stephen Short, Eleanor Southcott, Ian Stevens, Kate Thomas, Andrew Tillyard, Melanie Toogood, Ambika Voke, Heather Walker, Wendy Wall.
The recently departed: Brian Sparkes, Tony Pulleyn, Stephen Vaughan.
At the anniversary of their death: Harry Lye, William Roberts, Andrew Barker, Gladys Dare, Richard Price (priest and former member of the All Saints choir), Barbara Treadway (All Saints Friend), Philip Cranmer (former All Saints Chorister and Trustee of the Choir and Music Trust Fund), Mary Francis Lightfoot, Kenneth John Spence O’Ferral (priest and former Curate of All Saints and Headmaster of the Choir School 1923-30), Barbara Brentnall, John Pearce (All Saints Friend), Emily Davis, Marie Padley, Phillip Smith, Molly Mather.
NOTICES AND NEWS

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.

FUTURE EVENTS at ALL SAINTS and ELSEWHERE
Friday 28 June, 7pm – ALL SAINTS VOLUNTEERS RECEPTION, Vicarage.
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.
Saturday 13 July, 7.30pm St James’s Church Piccadilly LAUNCH CONCERT for UK-registered charity the Muze Trust (Music for Zambian Education). The choirs of Merton College, Oxford and Jesus College, Cambridge (where All Saints Director of Music Tim Byram-Wigfield was formerly Director of Music) will be performing a mix of western and African music alongside girls from St Margaret’s Bushey (who have been fundraising this year for the Muze Trust). The choirs will come together for the first time offering an exciting and accessible programme of music from several countries across the centuries, including Thomas Tallis’s 40-part motet ‘Spem in alium’ which will be directed by Peter Phillips, director of the world-famous Tallis Scholars. The Trust invites everyone to join them for an occasion to remember, and know that, in doing so you will be supporting a Trust which seeks to ensure that music is not a luxury. Tickets: Adults £20/£16/£12, Students & children £10. Reservations: Tel: 020 7381 0441.

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.
Friday 19 – Sunday 21 JulyTHE ANNUAL ALL SAINTS WALSINGHAM PARISH PILGRIMAGE will be taking place this weekend led by the Vicar, providing a chance to enjoy the Shrine at a more relaxed pace than on the National Pilgrimage. If you are interested in joining the group and are not yet booked, speak to Ross Buchanan or phone him on 020 7221 1312 as soon as possible please.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES: Friday 13 September, 7pm for 7.30pm – QUIZ NIGHT at St Cyprian’s Church. Following last year’s successful event at St Cyprian’s there will be another Quiz Night as part of St Cyprian’s Festival Weekend. Please put the date in your diary and start forming your teams. As before teams can be a maximum of six members. The charge will be £10 per person payable on the night and refreshments will be provided. Chris Self will act as the co-ordinator for everybody taking part and should be contacted at chris_self@btinternet.com or at All Saints Church.
IONA PILGRIMAGE – Easter 2015
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:
Iona http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iona
Bishop’s House http://www.island-retreats.org/iona
S. Columba https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columba

If you would like to come please contact Fr Gerald Beauchamp as soon as you can by email: gerald.beauch@btconnect.com. If there is sufficient interest he will convene a meeting in the autumn this year to outline a programme and make some initial decisions about travel.