THE FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
The Laborers in the Vineyard
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers 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 marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went....When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers 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 when they received it, 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.” —Matthew 20:1-4,8-16 (excerpt from Gospel)
Come, labor on.
Who dares stand idle on the harvest plain,
while all around us waves the golden grain?
And to each servant does the Master say,
“Go work today.”
Come, labor on.
No time for rest, till glows the western sky,
till the long shadows o’er our pathway lie,
and a glad sound comes with the setting sun,
“Servants, well done.”
—Hymn 541 (excerpt), Jane Laurie Borthwick (1813-1897), alt.
- 410, “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven” —Entrance Hymn
- 707, “Take my life, and let it be” —Sequence Hymn
- 397, “Now thank we all our God” —Presentation Hymn
- 383, “Fairest Lord Jesus” —Communion Hymn (9:00 a.m.)
- 660, “O Master, let me walk with thee” —Communion Hymn (11:00 a.m.)
- 482, “Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy” —Communion Hymn
- 694, “God be in my head” —Communion Hymn
- 541, “Come, labor on” —Postcommunion Hymn
The Offertory (9:00 and 11:00 a.m.)
This well-known anthem was set to music by the Italian Renaissance master of polyphony, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525/26-1594):
Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus.
As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God. —Psalm 42:1 (BCP p. 643)
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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