We believe in one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. We come to be joined together into a new and living fabric in which all are welcomed to join the praise of God. We seek you, God, as one to receive our worship and for us to be blessed by Your presence. In Christ's name. Amen.
God of unity and love, place within each of us a spirit of hope and community. Create in us willing hearts to live in patience and gentleness. Raise us up to be your children, growing toward maturity in faith and love. We pray this in Jesus' name who taught us to pray, saying: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
1 Jesus then began to speak to them in parables: “A man planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a pit for the winepress and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 2 At harvest time he sent a servant to the tenants to collect from them some of the fruit of the vineyard. 3 But they seized him, beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 4 Then he sent another servant to them; they struck this man on the head and treated him shamefully. 5 He sent still another, and that one they killed. He sent many others; some of them they beat, others they killed.
6 “He had one left to send, a son, whom he loved. He sent him last of all, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’
7 “But the tenants said to one another, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ 8 So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.
9 “What then will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and kill those tenants and give the vineyard to others. 10 Haven’t you read this passage of Scripture:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
11 the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
12 Then the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders looked for a way to arrest him because they knew he had spoken the parable against them. But they were afraid of the crowd; so they left him and went away.
As the weak realize their strength; as the poor eat and are satisfied, God’s love abides in us. As the stranger finds a friend;
as the family offers forgiveness, God’s love abides in us. As the ends of the earth know of Christ’s grace, God’s love abides in us. Let us express that love to one another. Amen.
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Let us go now knowing that we are accepted by Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Amen.