Proper 20 Yr A—
Do not be anxious

Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus said, “ . . . So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

From ” I don’t know about you, but I’m glad that God doesn’t give me what is fair, but gives me his love and grace, in spite of what I deserve!”

9/24/17: Prop 20;
Jonah 3:10-4:11
Ps 145:1-8
Philipp 1:21-30
Matt 20:1-16
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.In the stories in Jonah 3:10–4:11 and Matthew 20:1–16, we find others resentful of God’s generosity toward the “undeserving.” Both stories
end with a question worth pondering. God asks Jonah: “Should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city?” and the landowner asks the grumbling all-day workers: “Are you envious because I am generous?” How do these stories of God’s generosity invite us to think about our own lives?

Adult formation:

21st Century Ambassadors

Topic for week 2: Aren’t all religions the same?

God outside the church

Topic: God in the financial choices we make

Eye Candy:
"The Late Comers" by Jesus Mafa; "Laborers in the Vineyard" by Ian Pollock; "Parable of Laborers in the Vineyard" by Rembrandt
Ear Worm:
I like the concepts in "Come, O thou traveler unknown".
Here are 3 interpretations - choral anthem;mysterious by Erik Routley; a bit of Irish
Brain Food:
"Love or justice" by David Lose;
"The Generous Landowner"
by Peter Lockhart; "All of grace" poem by Andrew King
"Les Miserables" (2012)—a new way to look at this parable; "Traffic" (2000), hard-hitting about pervasive nature of drugs; "Where the heart is" (2000), practical dimension of everyday spirituality

 Study guide, kid video on laborers in the vineyard, snack, group activity

: young elementary: activity, craft, bulletin games;
older elementary:  activity, craft, bulletin games

 Video for “Who wrote the Bible?”

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