A Blessed Sunday! This Sunday the Sunday sermon is pre-empted by a report from our Synod delegates Wendy and Peter. Last Saturday was our diocese’s annual Synod meeting and like many gatherings these days, it was held online. It is our custom here that our delegates give us a short report on what the experienced and speak about the highlights of the meeting.
St. George’s families, this week our resources are a Family Page and three different activity pages for different ages based on the Gospel reading for this Sunday. Please sign up for our weekly emails to get the links.
For our hymn lovers, this week I have suggested a version of “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” you can listen to or sing along with.
The reading for this Sunday is Matthew 25:14-30:
“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’1
Prayers and Synod Report
And here is the link to the video of this Sunday’s Prayers and a wonderful video report from our delegates, Wendy and Peter:
For more information about this years Synod of the Diocese of Niagara visit the Synod webpage on the diocesan website.
The traditional hymn I selected for this week is a rousing version of “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise.”
And the contemporary song is a “Ancient Words.”
Thank you so much for your continued support of the ministry and mission of St. George’s.
Be Well and God Bless.
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
- 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.