The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard
Call to Worship
There was once a man who threw a great dinner party and invited many. When it was time for dinner, he sent out his servant to the invited guests, saying, “Come on in; the food’s on the table.”
Then they all began, one after another, making excuses. The first said, “I bought a piece of property and need to look it over. Send my regrets.”
Another said, “I just bought five teams of oxen, and I really need to check them out. Send my regrets.”
And yet another said, “I just got married and need to get home to my wife.”
The servant went back and told the master what had happened. He was outraged and told the servant, “Quickly, get out into the city streets and alleys. Collect all who look like they need a square meal, all the misfits and homeless and wretched you can lay your hands on, and bring them here.”
The servant reported back, “Master, I did what you commanded—and there’s still room.”
The master said, “Then go to the country roads. Whoever you find, drag them in. I want my house full! Let me tell you, not one of those originally invited is going to get so much as a bite at my dinner party.”
-Luke 14:12-24 From the Message Bible
Confession of Sin
Jesus, who sat at the table with outcasts and sinners,
we confess that too often our words and actions
are not consistent with our beliefs.
Often we ignore the needy,
show indifference to the lonely,
and reject those who seem different from us.
Forgive us, we pray.
Empower us to reach out in love and acceptance
through your name. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work. 9 As it is written:
He distributed freely;
he gave to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.
Now the one who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will also provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
-2 Corinthians 9:9-11, 15
Go now in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Peace be with you all.
And also with you.