Service Times


Sun. 27th
16th after Trinity
8:30am Holy Communion
11:30am Holy Communion

15th Sunday after Trinity – 20th September 2020

COLLECT (the special prayer that ‘collects up’ our thoughts) for the 15th Sunday after Trinity: God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: Grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel; that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Jesus said to his disciples, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early … to hire workers … After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the market-place; and he said to them, “You also go … and I will pay you whatever is right.” So they went. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, “Why are you standing here … all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the workers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.” When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And … they grumbled against the landowner, saying, “These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.” But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?” So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’

Reflection: On Tuesday past, the government issued its ‘road-map’ for how we should be attempting to deal with Covid-19 for the next six months. Immediately questions were raised about whether it is indeed fair to all parts of the country, or all sectors. The question of awarding grades without examinations likewise raised the question of fairness. Most people have a sense of what is ‘fair’ and we feel that it is something to be aimed at. In the gospel reading for today we have a blatant breech of fairness in the way in which the hired workers are treated. Surely those hired at different times of the day ought to be given a proportionate reward: those who worked longer should receive more, and those who worked for a shorter time should receive less? Why is Jesus comparing the kingdom of heaven to this unfair system of payment? Perhaps we need to remember to whom Jesus was really addressing his remarks. The religious leaders of the day felt that God’s people had an entitlement to God’s love and mercy. After all, had not they been God’s people since the days of Abraham, the ones first chosen by God? Jesus seemed to be saying that all sorts of people might receive God’s love and mercy, even the tax-collectors and sinners, indeed even people like Zacchaeus! Jesus is aware that the religious leaders resent God’s generosity: ‘Are you envious because I am generous?’ asks the landowner. When we look at the history of Church, how generous, how loving and how merciful a God has it offered to humanity? But God’s generosity turns things upside down: ‘The first shall be last …’ etc.

A prayer as we continue to reopen our churches: Creator God, not limited by time or space; your Son worshipped in synagogue and Temple, and your Spirit came in power on the disciples as they met in the Upper Room. By that same Spirit, guide us as we prepare to reopen the churches in our diocese. May they be places of safety, where all feel your welcome, experience your love and are equipped in your service. We pray for those who through age or vulnerability will continue to worship at home, that together we may all rejoice in your goodness and know your blessing, until we can offer unceasing praise in your heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rev Peter Rutherford, Rector: Tel. 021-4772220.

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