All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 18th August 2017

All Saints Parish Newsletter 18th August 2017

Dear Friends,

Trinity 10 

In 1919 the people of Plymouth voted in their new member of parliament. The new MP was born in the United States, but this was not the reason why the majority of the British parliament was antagonistic towards its new member. The new MP was a woman, Nancy Astor, the first woman to gain a seat in the House of Commons. Since Lady Astor believed in making her presence felt in the House of Commons, she regularly interrupted other speakers – particularly on the rights of women. When rebuked for her constant interventions, she protested that she had been listening for hours before interrupting. A colleague whispered to her: “Yes, Nancy, we’ve all heard you listening.”  

In today’s Gospel we heard a pagan woman listening to Jesus and we saw how she made her presence felt. She comes across as one of the most attractive characters in the pages of the Gospel: a mother who is tormented by the torment of her daughter, a woman who takes to the streets to make her plea to Jesus, who refuses to take his silence for the last word, who organises a one-woman protest in the path of these runaway men. She is the only person in the Gospels who has the wit to outwit Jesus. And in the end, she gets what she wants.  

At first, the Christian community at Jerusalem had no mission to the Gentiles. Nobody went to the “dogs”, as they were called. But Paul comes on the scene as the apostle who rejoices in the fact that his vocation is to go to the dogs. He himself was a strict Pharisee, and he too had to be converted from his attitude to non-Jews. He leads by his example when he spearheads the early Church’s mission to the Gentiles. Paul sets the example for the whole Christian Church. If we believe that Christ died for everyone, then no one should be excluded from the all-embracing reach of God’s love. 

And that is why the Canaanite woman in the Gospel is so important for all of us. She is the teacher of the servants of God. Through her demand for attention and dignity, the voice of God questions us all.  

Yours in Christ,  

Fr. Michael Bowie 
Assistant Priest,

All Saints Margaret Street 


Those who are sick or distressed and who have asked for prayers: Asia Bibi, Pat Hawkins, Ruth Butler, Rose Smith,
Fr Graham Francis, Maria Magdalena Gedmanaite, Faddy Hardo, Ken Hales, Ron Capon, Patricia Capon, Nancy Gardner, Katie Marko, Andrew Evans, Sarah Payne, Rodney Bickerstaffe, Ros Tagoe, Beverley Ward, Vivienne Dunne and Catherine Paciullo.

Those known to us recently departed: Mildred Bellet, Michael Manktelow Bp, John Wraw Bp and Robert Norwood Pr, Roger Davison, Pr, Joan Cook and Barbara Anne Thrift.  

Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week:  William Cargill, Pr, Harry Allan, George Jeynes, Leroy Lawes, Marion Ginger, Elsie Faithfull, John Hawkins, Pr, Patricia Jones, Peter Vickers, Geoffrey Hughes, Lily Caplin, Mary King, David Harris, Pr, Linda Clarke, Irene Harford, Elvira Dibley, Robert Corbin, Pr.


20 August ~ 10th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Preacher: Fr Barry Orford
Haydn Missa Sancta Nicolai
Lloyd Webber Lo! My shepherd is divine 

There is no Sunday Lunch service during the August holiday period. We look forward to welcoming both visitors and regular diners once again in September.

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Dyson Canticles in D
Parry I was glad  

This Week’s Services

Monday 21 to Friday 25 August
7.30am Morning Prayer 
 8am Low Mass
12.30-1pm Confessions  
1.10pm Low Mass
5.30pm Confessions  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm Low Mass

Saturday, 26 August
12 noon Low Mass  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

27 August ~ 11th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Fr Michael Bowie
Britten Missa Brevis
Fauré Maria, mater gratiae 

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
Sumsion Setting for upper voices in G
Duruflé Tota pulchra es Maria 

Bank Holiday Monday 28 August
12 Noon Mass only

For full service information: 


FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – HIGH MASS & OUTDOOR PROCESSION with choir and brass accompaniment – PHOTOS can now be seen on All Saints’ Facebook page:
No need to be on Facebook to view these wonderful images of a very special evening, which was the best attended service with outdoor procession to date.

We should like to thank everyone who helped in advance preparations or on the day in any way to make it such a great success! We can’t make such a significant public act of witness to our faith happen on shopper-thronging Oxford Street without lots of willing volunteers – huge thanks!  

Sunday 3 September – Volunteers to help prepare & serve coffee and hot snacks needed please. One/two people are needed before Mass from 10.30am to set out cups, fill the hot water urn; to serve refreshments after Mass and clear up. If you are able to help, please see one of the coffee team/contact Janet Drake: 020 7278 9930/ who can provide details.  


Friday 8 September, 7.30pm – St Mary’s, Cable Street Patronal Festival 2017 – Solemn Mass on the Feast of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Preacher:  the Dean of Westminster. Mass will be followed by a party in the church hall. All welcome.  

Wednesday 13 September, 6.30pm
CTiW Reformation 500 event, St Martin-in-the-Fields – Bread for the World. 
St Martin-in-the-Fields is hosting a Churches Together in Westminster Reformation 500 event, with St Anne’s Lutheran Church London and Revd Eliza Zikmane, focusing on Luther’s legacy to Christian Education through the Small Catechism, Bread for the World is a great way to find focus during a busy week. With music led by the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s.  

Sunday 24 September, 7.15pm All Saints (after Benediction) ORGAN RECITAL – Jeremiah Stephenson (Assistant Director of Music). 
Programme includes Marcel Dupré: Cortège et Litanie op 19 no 2 and Prélude et ƒugue en sol mineur op 7 no 3; Maurice Duruflé Suite op 5 – Prélude, Sicilienne, Toccata. 
Retiring collection. All Saints licensed Club/Bar open afterwards.  

Saturday 30 September at 3pm – You are invited to a POETRY TEA AT PAMELA’S HOME. You can bring poetry or prose.  The theme will be Gardens and Gardening.  To attend please speak to Pamela or Sandra in the courtyard, or ring Sandra on 020 7637 8456 leaving your name & phone number.  Charge £6.  Proceeds to the All Saints’ Restoration Fund. 


Our year-round fundraising efforts go to support three charities:

The Church Army hostels and programmes in Marylebone empowering homeless women into independent living.
The USPG-led UMOJA, HIV Project in Zimbabwe, enabling people living with HIV and Aids to have positive lives, and
The Soup Kitchen (American International Church, Tottenham Court Road) feeding up to 80 vulnerable people daily in central London.

Men’s clothing especially is needed by the Jesus Centre in Margaret Street and also by the Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, both of whom provide a daily range of services to homeless people. If you have women’s or men’s clothes to give away, please bring to Church and leave at the Parish Office so we can continue to help support our neighbours’ efforts. The Church Army is now also collecting women’s clothes for their Homeless Hostel so all donations can be found a good new home!

The Soup Kitchen specifically calls for: men’s trousers (sizes 32-36) and men’s sturdy/athletic shoes (sizes 9-12 especially) and say ‘we also need men’s outerwear of all varieties and rucksacks and duffle-bags to help our guests carry their belongings!’

The Soup Kitchen team (only part-time cover) asks: ‘Please drop me a line if you are planning to drop things off here. As always, many thanks for your support.’ Soup Kitchen at the American International Church, 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD T: 020 7580 2791

Further Communications or Assistance from All Saints Margaret Street:- 
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, please forward this email on to them, or to people you would like to invite to services or tell them about our, which has a full colour 360 virtual tour for viewing the wonderfully restored interior of the Church – tour – before a visit or if unable to travel. 

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* If you would like any pastoral assistance, please do not hesitate to contact: 

The Parish Church of All Saints Margaret Street, London W1 W 8JG
Vicar: The Revd Prebendary Alan Moses
T: 07973 878040 E: (Day off: Saturday)

Assistant Priest: The Revd Dr Michael Bowie
T: 07581 180963 E: (Day off: Wednesday)

A priest is available for confessions/counsel Monday – Friday from 12.30-1pm and at 5.30pm Monday – Saturday, or by appointment. (Special arrangements apply in Lent and for Holy Week.)

If you would like prayers offered, or amendments to the prayer list please contact:
Dee Prior, Parish Administrator (020 7636 1788).  E:

Or make use of the prayer request facility on the website at: 

Safeguarding Officers: Chris Self (Vulnerable Adults) and: Janet Drake (Children)