Pentecost 18

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In this Sunday’s gospel reading, Jesus tells a vineyard parable, which serves as an image of Israel, the prophets’ mission, and Christ’s death. For Christians, the vineyard also speaks of God’s love poured out in the blood of Christ, given to us for the forgiveness of sin. Grafted onto Christ the vine at baptism, we are nourished with wine and bread so that we may share Christ’s sufferings and know the power of his resurrection.

Readings

Isaiah 5:1-7
The song of the vineyard

Psalm 80:7-15
Look down from heaven, O God; behold and tend this vine.

Philippians 3:4b-14
Nothing surpasses the value of knowing Christ

Matthew 21:33-46
The parable of the vineyard owner’s son

Worship Themes and Music

This week’s parable has us considering the foolishness and wisdom of the landowner sending his son to the tenants. Why send your son when everyone else whom you sent was killed and rejected? And yet, what seems to be foolishness on the part of the landowner/God figure ends up being the greatest wisdom of all: The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. Jesus, sent to die for our salvation, is the chief cornerstone of our faith. God’s wisdom is to graft us into these salvational promises in the same way that vines are grafted to create stronger varietals.

Music for this week will include All Creatures Worship God Most High, that great hymn which comes to us from St. Francis of Assisi. October 4th is the celebration of this blessed saint of the church and this hymn proclaims the greatness of God sung by all aspects of creation; even death praises God. For our hymn of the day we will sing Thine the Amen, proclaiming that all good things come from God.

Reflection Questions

In what ways do we welcome God’s word into our lives? In what ways are we less welcoming?
Francis of Assisi gave up a life of comfort to serve God and serve neighbor. What are some ways we can follow Francis’ example to make our world a better place?

Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

As the Director of Music, I help the St. Peter’s community proclaim the gospel story and share the goodness of God through worship and music.

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