All Saints Margaret Street | All Saints Parish Newsletter 1st September 2017

All Saints Parish Newsletter 1st September 2017

Dear Friends, 

Trinity 12 

Last week we heard the gospel passage directly before this Sunday’s, which tells of the moment on the road to Jerusalem when Peter publicly recognises Jesus as ‘the Messiah, the Son of the living God’, and Jesus responds by commending this faith – ‘You are Peter, and on this rock (Cephas, Petros) I will build my church.’ This week, within a few verses Jesus now calls him ‘Satan’.  

The name-calling, ‘get behind me Satan’ is easy enough to understand in the logic of this story. Jesus is not calling Peter ‘the devil’. Jesus is saying to Peter, ‘you’re tempting me as I was tempted at the beginning’, to give the whole thing up and preach magic and easy answers: I say now as I said then ‘Get behind me, Satan’. He’s saying to Peter, NO: don’t make my proclamation domestic and cosy and smooth, don’t take out the rough edges of reality.  

We all do that with our faith: take something inherently challenging and remove the edge so that we can live with it. Sadly there often then seems to be a further temptation to invent and add a new demand, a new edge which always conveniently pains someone else, someone less self-righteously pious than I: the other, whether in terms of race, sexual morality, guilt or whatever it may be.  

Jesus always reminds us, as he reminds Peter here, look to yourself: the challenge is to you or it is to no one. Don’t make a burden for someone else; take up your own cross and follow. Glory awaits.  

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, Rosemary Oakeshott, Letizia Sormani, Roger Williams, Peter Chant, 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,  Catherine Paciullo & Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.  

Those known to us recently departed: Roger Davison Pr, Joan Cook, Barbara Anne Thrift, Mike Barrie & Neil McKay.  

Remember past priests, benefactors, friends, and all whose year’s mind occurs this week: Angela Thomson, Francesca Morcom, Harold Matts, Joanne, Guy and Alicia Wace, Anne Adams, Sister Jean Margaret ASSP, Edith Senior, Maud Burling, Nell Titley & Annie Harrison.

3 September ~ 12th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
Preacher: Fr Julian Browning
W. Lloyd Webber Mass in E minor
W. Lloyd Webber Love Divine, all loves excelling  

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

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Howells Canticles in G  
Howells Salve Regina  

This Week’s Services

Monday 4 to Friday 8 September
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, 9 September
11.30 Rosary
12 noon Walsingham All Saints’ Cell Low Mass  
6pm Evening Prayer
6.30pm First Mass of Sunday

10 September ~ 13th Sunday after Trinity
8am Low Mass  
10.20am Morning Prayer

11am HIGH MASS with Choir & Sermon
The Vicar, Fr Alan Moses
Kodaly Missa Brevis
Liszt Ave Maria no 1 

5.15pm Low Mass
Preacher: Fr Michael Bowie
Stanford Canticles in C
Gardiner Te lucis ante terminum

Full service information: 


FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – HIGH MASS & OUTDOOR PROCESSION with choir and brass accompaniment – a feature and PHOTOS to be seen on the Diocese of London website:  

THE JOHN LEWIS (SABEEMA) ARTS AND CRAFTS CLUB AUTUMN EXHIBITION will be shown at All Saints once again from Tuesday 12 until Sunday 24 September 12 – 6 daily in the Parish Room. Do come and visit – an early opportunity to purchase gifts (art, craft and jewellery) and cards for Christmas.  

ALL SAINTS Saturday 16 September, 12 NOON MASS WITH HYMNS AND MUSIC is a Celebration Mass and Reunion for USPG Former Staff and Mission Personnel. All are welcome to join for coffee from 11am and for the Mass, but the lunch and afternoon events are for those taking part in USPG’s Reunion. Celebrant: Fr Alan Moses and Preacher: The Revd Canon Chris Chivers, USPG Chair of Trustees and Principal of Westcott House, Cambridge. Organist: Jeremiah Stephenson.  

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 2 September, 3pm– St Cyprian’s Church Choral Evensong & Benediction (followed by tea). Officiant: Fr Michael Fuller.
Responses: Alyeward; Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis: Brewer in D and
Anthem: Geistliches lied; Brahms. Director of Music: Julian Collings
leads the choir newly returned from its successful tour of venues in Boston, USA including the Victorian Gothic Church of the Advent. 

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, we share the Eucharist in church followed by a simple soup supper in 6 St Martin’s Place with the opportunity to reflect on and explore the bible together in small groups.

Friday 15 September, 7.30pm – PATRONAL FESTIVAL, St Cyprian’s Church, Glentworth Street, NW1 6AX. Celebrant: Fr Gerald Beauchamp, Preacher: Ven. Rosemary Lain-Priestly. Mass Setting: Kodaly Missa Brevis; Motet: Britten Jubilate in C. Refreshments to follow.

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:- 
* If you would like to encourage others to take an interest in All Saints/keep up with what is happening here
, 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. 

If you know of others (near or far) who would like to receive this regular update on what’s happening at All Saints please encourage them to sign up for the email on the All Saints website – see the tab News & Events> Weekly Newsletter

* 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)