Welcome to your virtual Sunday morning worship from St. George’s.
This week is our second week offering some great resources for our families with children in the Sunday email. Each week I will include links to a Family Page for families with children of all ages to help them reflect together on the message of the Gospel passage. There will also be some activity sheets that parents can print out to help the kids connect to the teachings. Sign up for our weekly emails by following this link.
Here is this week suggested opening hymn, “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise:”
The reading that this weeks message is based is Matthew 21:33-46:
““Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes’?
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.”1
Here is your Sunday prayers and message:
For a suggested traditional hymn to sing for a closing, I suggest “Now Thank We All Our God”
Or if you are looking for something contemporary try this beautiful song from Matt Redman (my favourite), 10,000 Reasons.
I hope you have a blessed week.
Be Well and God Bless.
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
P.S. If you are looking for even more church this Sunday be sure to check out our diocesan Facebook page and YouTube page. Bishop Bell has moved time for live-streaming to 2pm on Facebook now that some churches have resumed in-person worship.
- Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.