Pentecost 17

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Jesus’ parable about two sons who don’t do what they say reveals surprises in the reign of God. in the reading from Ezekiel the people claim the ways of the Lord are unfair, while God offers repentance and new life. Paul urges us to look to Christ as a model of humility, putting the interests of others above our own. Nourished by the broken bread and shared cup, we offer our lives for the sake of our needy world.


Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
The fairness of God’s way

Psalm 25:1-9
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love

Philippians 2:1-13
Christ humbled to the point of death on a cross

Matthew 21:23-32
A parable of doing God’s will

Worship Themes and Music

This week we hear Jesus give a pretty glib response to the chief priests and scribes when they ask about his authority. He follows this up with a parable about two sons: one says he won’t work in the field but does; the other son says he will work in the field but doesn’t. Doing God’s will in our world may not look the way we think it does and we may be reluctant to do it. Regardless, we pray this week that God would continue to walk with us, remember love and compassion, and show us the fairness of God’s ways.

We proclaim these ideas in song with the song of the day “O Master, Let Me Walk with You” when we sing. We also praise God for the joys of being in God’s service with our first song “The Trumpets Sound, the Angels Sing.”

Reflection Questions

How can you be sure the calling you hear comes from God?
Have you been resisting work God is sending you to do? How might you answer that call?

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Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

Adam served as Director of Music at St. Peter’s from 2015 to 2022.

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