Sunday 20 September 2020

Pentecost 16 2020, Matthew 20v1-16, The workers in the Vineyard, Gods fairness, 五旬節2020年,馬太福音20v1-16節,葡萄園的工人,上帝的公平


Song “Waymaker”
Song “How can I keep from singing”
Song “Peacemaker”
Song “Lead kindly light”
Song “I will praise you in the storm”
Song “Little things with great love”
Opening Responses
The world belongs to God
The earth and all its people
How good and lovely it is 
To live together in unity
Love and faith come together
Justice and peace join hands
Song “Let your Holy Spirit”
Let us in silence remember our faults and failings
Christ have mercy on us, and deliver us from our sins and may we amend our lives

The Lords Prayer in our own language

Song “Peace like a river”

Reading Matthew 20v1-16
For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’ Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.
Song “My dwelling place”
This is a story about settling accounts. 
It's about receiving from God , not earning our salvation. It follows the story of Jesus' encounter with the rich young ruler. There is a link saying, "the first will be last, and the last will be first." Like all the parables, it’s a riddle with many layers. Its enigmatic. In Gods upside down kingdom people receive the same, whatever they have done. This can cause charges of unfairness! It’s the crux of the gospel. We come to God as equals. No-one is worth more or less.
The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner, who hires workers for his fields. He employs them early in the morning, then later in the morning, at about 9am.
A denarius was a Roman silver coin that was the equivalent of the daily wage for a labourer.

When the evening came he instructed the manager to pay the wages, starting with those employed last. They all got the same- a denarius! They began to grumble about the landowner, despite the fact they had all been unemployed at the beginning of the day. 
The landlord calls them friends and says, “I am not being unfair to you. I made an agreement to pay you a denarius. Leave now! I have the right to do what I want with my own money. Are you jealous? Do you begrudge my generosity because I am generous?”
The disciples, like the rich young ruler, think that getting God’s blessing depends on doing, so they are told to watch out. Those who think they are secure may well come undone.
So Jesus concluded, the first (the self-righteous, the Pharisees) will become the last and the last (outcasts, non Jews, sinners) will become first. It is the meek who will inherit the earth. And that’s us-hopefully!
Song “Pilgrim”
Our Prayers
We pray for people and situations we are concerned about including people having to go back into lockdown, to work, school and those still in lockdown, the desperate people crossing the sea in dinghies, continuing deaths from Covid 19, the ongoing unrest in Belarus, Hong Kong and Syria and other places, the rise of fascism, the government, the Rohinga Muslims, Muslims being persecuted in China, protection for key workers and adequate PPE, protection for Black and Asian people, for people on low or no incomes, for those with underlying health conditions and those over 60, care for those who are alone and those suffering with depression, protection for asylum seekers and refugees and ensuring that food is reaching the vulnerable and global warming. 
May we not fail you. Amen
Song “In Christ alone”
The blessing of God be upon you 
On those you love and those you meet
This day and forevermore. Amen
With thanks to the ©Iona Community adapted
歌曲“ Waymaker”
因為天國就像一個土地所有者,他一大早出去為他的葡萄園僱用工人。 2他同意給他們一天的通行費,然後將它們送到他的葡萄園。
3大約早上九點,他出去了,看到站在市場上的其他人甚麼也沒做。 4他告訴他們,您也去我的葡萄園工作,我會付給您一切正確的東西。’5他們就去了。
他大約中午和下午三點再次出門,做了同樣的事情。 6大約下午五點,他出去了,發現還有其他人站在附近。他問他們:為什麼您整天站在這裡什麼也不做?” 7因為沒有人僱用我們,所以他們回答。他對他們您也去我的葡萄園工作。
9大約下午五點被雇用的工人來了,每個人都被拒了。 10因此,當那些首先被錄用的人來時,他們期望得到更多。但是他們每個人也得到了拒 11收到禮物後,他們開始對土地所有者發牢騷。 12“他們最後一次被雇用的人只工作了一個小時,他們而您使他們與我們一樣,承擔了工作的重擔和一天中的辛苦。
13但他回答其中一個我對你不公平,朋友。您不同意為拒工作嗎? 14付錢就走。我想給我最後一個被錄用的人。 15我不有權用自己的錢做自己想做的事嗎?還是因為我慷慨而羨慕您?” 16因此,最後一個將是第一個,最後一個將是最後一個。
我們為人們關心的人和情況祈禱,其中包括必須重返鎖定狀態,工作,學習和仍處於鎖定狀態的人們,望的人在小艇中過海,因Covid 19持續死亡,白俄羅斯持續的動亂,香港和敘利亞等地,法西斯主義的興起,政府,羅欣加穆斯林,在中國受到迫害的穆斯林,保護關鍵工人和適當的個人防護裝備,保護黑人和亞裔,低收入或無收入者,



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