18th Sunday after Pentecost: 08 Oct – Matthew 21:33-43 ~ God expects a proper harvest

18th Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Yours, O God, is the vineyard and its harvest, yours the kingdom of justice and peace. You call your people to tend its growth. Bless the work entrusted to our hands, that we may offer you an abundance of just works, a rich harvest of peace. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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“All the Poor and Powerless” – All Sons & Daughters


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Reading: Matthew 21:33-43 (NLT)

Parable of the Evil Farmers

“Now listen to another story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. At the time of the grape harvest, he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop. But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same.

“Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’

“But when the tenant farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ So they grabbed him, dragged him out of the vineyard, and murdered him.

“When the owner of the vineyard returns,” Jesus asked, “what do you think he will do to those farmers?”

The religious leaders replied, “He will put the wicked men to a horrible death and lease the vineyard to others who will give him his share of the crop after each harvest.”

Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?

‘The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.’

I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit.
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Intercessory Prayer

Sovereign God: you are our Lord and Master; hear the prayers of your servants –

+ For your people scattered around the world – that we may be thankful for what we have been given….

+ For the leaders of your people around the world – that they may faithfully teach us your ways….

+ For people who worry — that your peace may guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus….

+ For the poor, the weak, and the lonely – that they may not be forgotten by your people…..

+ For those who suffer because of war and violence – that your people may lead the way to peace….

+ For our friends who are sick in body, mind, and spirit – that your presence may bring hope and healing….

+ For those who have died, especially those whose lives ended in violence at Las Vegas, and all who mourn after them, that eternal peace and comfort may be theirs….

Sovereign God: look on us with kindness and mercy, and deliver us from evil; let your grace fill us according to our needs, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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“Cornerstone” – Hillsong Live


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Blessing – Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!



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