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Sunday 8th October 2017


Trinity 17

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”

Mark 11:17


Vicar: The Rev’d. Sandra McCalla: 020 8814 2939

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Why celebrate cultural diversity in Church?

“My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations”

During October each year, to coincide with the UK’s celebration of Black History Month, we celebrate the diversity of Christianity around the globe. As Christians this is an important part of our heritage since human cultural diversity – ethnic and linguistic differences – are part of God’s good creation and a cause to celebrate. Christian theologians have argued that the doctrine of the Trinity – God as one in being and three in person – can serve as a model for human society and community. God’s oneness calls us to unity while his three-ness affirms our diversity and uniqueness. God’s love for variety is not just visible in us but in all aspects of His creation. Look at the many species in any ecosystem all living in synchrony, or the changing seasons, each allowing for growth and harvest. A hatred for diversity does not reflect a love for the one who created it.

We should celebrate the differences that we have because of their beauty, usefulness and because they are the work of our Father in heaven. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus commissioned his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations”. The word “nations” in the original Greek is “ethnos” where we get the word “ethnic”. So, the Great Commission was originally a commission – go and make disciples of all ethnicities.

This vision of all nations is echoed by the apostle John’s vision in Revelation 7:9, where he sees “a great multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language, worshipping before the Lamb,” which is Jesus Christ our Lord. It was Christ’s intention that Church should be a community where different cultures interact with one another, and are interdependent on one another as they worship God. In Isaiah 56 the focus is that God’s house is a house of prayer for all nations. In Mark 11:17 Jesus’ rebuke is clear, His house is not just for one set of people it is for all the nations. Now that is something to celebrate!                                                               Mother Sandra

First Reading - Exodus 32:1-14

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron and said to him, ‘Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ Aaron said to them, ‘Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.’ So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mould, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, ‘Tomorrow shall be a festival to the Lord.’ They rose early the next day, and offered burnt-offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” ’ The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.’

But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, ‘O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth”? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, “I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.” ’ And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.

This is the word of the Lord.     Thanks be to God

Second Reading - Philippians 4:1-9

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.     This is the word of the Lord.     Thanks be to God

Gospel – Matthew 22:1-14

‘Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests. ‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’

Weekday Services this Week

Thu 12th            9.00 am            Morning Prayer

11.00 am         BCP Mass

11.30 am          Interment of Ashes

Fri 13th               9.00 am            Morning Prayer

Diary Dates


Diversity Month Celebration of Christianity around the Globe

Tue 10th                2.00 pm          Tuesday Social

Mon 23rd               9am-6pm      Book, Stamp and Postcard Fair*

Tue 24th                9am-2pm      Book, Stamp and Postcard Fair*

Mon 30th               10.30 am       Mass at Percy Bilton Court

Guest Speakers

Sunday 15th - Next week we welcome Valerie Wright who will be talking to us about healthy eating.

Sunday 22nd – We welcome the Canon Pastor of St Paul’s Cathedral, The Revd Canon Tricia Hillas as our guest preacher.

*Book, Stamp & Postcard Sale - donations needed as soon as possible so that they can be sorted and priced. Help will be needed to serve refreshments over the two days and donations of cakes would also be much appreciated. Assistance is also required on Sunday 22nd to set this up and on Tuesday 24th from 2pm to clear the hall.


Thu 2nd            7.30pm           All Soul’s Sung Requiem Mass

Sun 5th            12.00 pm        St Leonard’s Day Lunch*

Sun 12th          9am                Remembrance Sunday Mass

                        10.45 am        Service of Remembrance

Tue 14th          2.00 pm          Tuesday Social

Thu 16th          7.30 pm          PCC Meeting

Sat 18th           9.00 am          Confirmation Quiet Morning

                        2.30pm           Gospel singing workshop

*St Leonard’s Day lunch 5th Nov - Tickets now on sale from Sara Moffat, Janet Wood or the parish office until Sunday 29th October.

£10 Adults, £5 for under 10’s (includes a soft drink/ glass of wine).

Gospel Singing Workshop

Saturday 18th November 2017 - 2.30 pm

We are planning to start a Community Gospel Choir. If you enjoy singing and would like to the take part in this taster session do come along.

All Voices welcome.

No previous experience required.

Please let all your friends know about this event.

I would like to thank all you who supported the Macmillan Coffee Morning this year at St Leonard’s Church Hall on Friday 29th September 2017. Either by supplying raffle prizes, making donations, buying and selling raffle tickets, making cakes or by helping and being there on the morning.

I am delighted to say, with your help we have raised £1075.90, which will go towards paying for hours of Macmillan time, helping to make sure no one faces cancer alone.

Thanks for your support. With kind regards

Kashmir Bhatti

I just wanted to write and say a very huge thank you on behalf of the Foodbank team here at St Paul’s for your kind donations. We are seeing an increase in the number of people that are coming to the foodbank and we could not sustain the level of food that we give out without the generosity of folk like yourselves who make it possible for us to help so many people in Hounslow. Many thanks for your support, which is very much appreciated.


With love and thanks, Anna

(Vicar in Training at St Paul’s, Hounslow)


There are also thank you letters from Hounslow Community Foodbox and from Percy Bilton Court which are displayed in the porch


Thank you to all at St Leonards