Sunday 22nd October
Nineteenth Sunday After Trinity
O God, forasmuch as without you we are not able to please you; mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Holy and blessed God, you have fed us with the body and blood of your Son and filled us with your Holy Spirit: may we honour you, not only with our lips but in lives dedicated to the service of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 45. 1-7
Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped to subdue nations before him and strip kings of their robes, to open doors before him—and the gates shall not be closed: I will go before you and level the mountains, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places so that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I surname you, though you do not know me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides me there is no god. I arm you, though you do not know me, so that they may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is no one besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form light and create darkness, I make weal and create woe; I the Lord do all these things.
1 Thessalonians 1. 1-10
Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers, constantly remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labour of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of people we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place where your faith in God has become known, so that we have no need to speak about it. For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming
Matthew 22. 15-22
Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’ But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, ‘Whose head is this, and whose title?’ They answered, ‘The emperor’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.. NRSV
The Week Ahead
3.30pm Harvest Service - Cary Brook
7.00pm All Saints Development Project
7.00pm Everyday Faith - All Saints
11.15am Holy Communion - Highfield House
11.00am Visiting Ringers - St. Andrews
10.30am Housegroup - Wellspring Cottage
3.30pm Messy Church - All Saints
In this month’s charitable giving we are focussing on The Addington Trust. There will be a retiring collection at the end of the 10 o’clock service .
Everyday Faith is an informal group, gathering together to look at the day’s lectionary reading and share how our faith works in our everyday lives. Second and fourth Monday of the month. For more information contact Sue Kellagher or Katya Duncan.
Wanted: small jam jars for Messy Church - suitable for making Lanterns for wise and foolish bridesmaids. Please leave at the back of All Saints. Thank you
Wanted: old biscuit tins (not plastic) suitable for standing candles in. Please leave at the back of All Saints. Thank you
Situation Vacant: Parish Administrator. Approximately 4 hours per week. Interested? Speak to Liz asap. Many thanks to Katya for all her hard work.
Religious Revolution - To mark the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on Tuesday 31st October at All Saints' Church in Castle Cary at 7.30pm David Osborne and Anne Ross will give a presentation describing what happened in the Church (in Europe and in Somerset) at that time. . There will be a retiring collection for the All Saints' Church Development Fund.
Names of people to be remembered at the All Souls Service on November 2nd at 7pm at St. Andrews to be written clearly on the sheets at the back of church.
Church Cleaning in All Saints Thursday 26th 2.15-3.15pm. All welcome. Details from Val Chainey
Revd Liz is away Tuesday to Thursday