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  • vineyard to be laid waste Isaiah who told it originally was only one of many prophets who were sent by the Lord of the vineyard whom they treated shamefully and Matthew with his greater interest in the Jewish background makes an emphasis on this point Matthew 21 34 36 There is direct parallel the to the stoning in 2 Chronicles 24 21 regarding Zechariah The early Christians were encouraged to remember the suffering of the faithful in former times Hebrews 11 37 Jesus too remembered the treatment of the prophets when he cried in love for the city Matthew 23 37 cf Luke 13 34 He saw himself in this succession Again he referred to the ancient writings in summing up Matthew 21 42 Psalms 118 22 23 The stone rejected by the builders was one of most vivid images in the teaching of Jesus as it pointed to his death It remained with his disciples and was recalled with passion in their proclamation of the gospel Acts 4 11 1 Peter 2 7 Ephesians 2 19 22 All may benefit if only they will enter the house built of those stones and is which God dwells And when the harvest time comes we all meet at the feast of the Kingdom Order of service Ordinary 27 Pentecost 20 Year A DB Home RCL Resources Index The Gathering of the People of God CALL TO WORSHIP Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint Isaiah 40 31 HYMN 10 All people that on earth do dwell PRAYER OF ADORATION CONFESSION Merciful God our Maker and our Judge We have sinned against you in thought word and deed We have not loved you with our whole heart We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves We repent and are sorry for all our sins Father forgive us Strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life Through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us Romans 5 8 Hear then Christ s word of grace Your sins are forgiven Thanks be to God DOXOLOGY WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER Service of the Word INTRODUCTION OF THEME OLD TESTAMENT Exodus 20 1 4 7 9 12 20 The ten commandments PSALM 19 Rejoicing in the law of God EPISTLE Philippians 3 4b 14 I press on towards the goal GOSPEL Matthew 21 33 43 Parable of the tenants who killed the son HYMN 511 Fight the good fight with all thy might SERMON CREED OFFERING SHARING TIME Notices Celebrations and requests for intercessions PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Father we pray for the holy catholic Church that we all may be one Grant that every member of the church may truly and humbly serve you that your name may be glorified

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  • The stone the builders rejected
    with choice vines he built a watchtower in the midst of it and hewed out a wine vat in it he expected it to yield grapes but it yielded wild grapes 3 And now inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah judge between me and my vineyard 4 What more was there to do for my vineyard that I have not done in it When I expected it to yield grapes why did it yield wild grapes 5 And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard I will remove its hedge and it shall be devoured I will break down its wall and it shall be trampled down 6 I will make it a waste it shall not be pruned or hoed and it shall be overgrown with briers and thorns I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it 7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel and the people of Judah are his pleasant planting he expected justice but saw bloodshed righteousness but heard a cry It was understood as an allegory of the history of redemption in the life of the people of Israel it is a love song addressed to my beloved who planted a vineyard The prophet sings this love song as a lament to the Creator who is disappointed in his people They are like wild grapes not the fruit the Lord of the vineyard expected God had done everything for them but they turned out to be a disappointment The people were his pleasant planting he expected justice but saw bloodshed righteousness but heard a cry Isaiah 5 7 Therefore he withdrew his protection and allowed the vineyard to be laid waste Isaiah was a prophet of the judgement that would come upon the people of Israel when they became unfaithful and later of their recovery by the mercy of God When he told his parable of the vineyard Jesus would have had all this history in mind So we have the original covenant between God the owner and Israel the vineyard the leaders or rulers of Israel the tenants and then the appearance of the prophets the messengers and finally the son later recognized as the Messiah but first the death of the son and in Luke s version the promise of resurrection So it came about that other people the new Israel or the church later made up mainly of Gentiles became the beneficiaries of the vineyard The fate of the prophets especially the reference to stoning The hearers of the story in its new form as told by Jesus would know too that the new elements he introduced were backed up by other events in the history of Israel and other aspects of scripture Isaiah who told it originally was only one of many prophets who were sent by the Lord of the vineyard whom they treated shamefully and Matthew with his greater interest in

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  • Lectionary rescources Ordinary 28 A
    thanks TIS 68 Praise the Lord Omy soul TIS 65 Praise the Lord with joyful cry TIS 97 Praise the Lord you heavens adore him TIS 93 Let him to whom we now belong TIS 563 Just as I am without one plea TIS 584 Take my life and let it be conscrated Lord to thee TIS 599 May the mind of Christ my Saviour TIS 609 The law of Christ alone can make free TIS 630 Sermon summary to be added click here for complete sermon The Gathering of the People of God CALL TO WORSHIP Praise the Lord O give thanks to the Lord for he is good for his steadfast love endures for ever Psalm 106 1 HYMN Praise the Lord you heavens adore him TIS 93 PRAYER OF ADORATION CONFESSION DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS Hear then Christ s word of grace Your sins are forgiven Thanks be to God DOXOLOGY WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER Service of the Word INTRODUCTION OF THEME OLD TESTAMENT PSALM EPISTLE GOSPEL HYMN SERMON HYMN OFFERING AND DEDICATION SHARING TIME Notices celebrations requests for intercessions PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE COLLECT FOR THE DAY THE LORD S PRAYER Front of the Hymn Book

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  • Inclusive and exclusive?
    some 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel so that I may share in its blessings So you might say that Matthew was in Paul s terms being a Jew to the Jews in order to win Jews and Luke was being a Greek to the Greeks so that he might win those outside the law There had been a great dispute in the early church about whether Gentile or Greek Christians should be expected to adopt Jewish practices Some said certainly all may come including those outside the old Israel who were not keepers of the law of God but it was argued they should then conform to the law of God once they were admitted Other said no not to those distinctively Jewish ways which marked them out as a separate people that is not necessary they said we don t all have to speak the same and eat the same kind of food or wear the same clothes Peter and Paul had a great argument about this and a conference was held in Jerusalem to resolve the differences between Jewish and Gentile or Greek speaking believers in Christ Indeed it was Luke when writing the Book of the Acts of the Apostles who reported the outcome of the debate as favourable to the Gentile Christians and he tended in his presentation of the Gospel to present Christ and his teaching in a manner likely to appeal more to Gentiles than to Jews Matthew on the other hand appealed to Jewish Christians even reporting Jesus as saying that not the slightest detail would be disappear from the law in the Old Testament Matthew 5 17 19 Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets I have come not to abolish but to fulfill 18 For truly I tell you until heaven and earth pass away not one letter not one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all is accomplished 19 Therefore whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven It was a big question Some might say all you needed was the basic general law of love God and love your neighbour Others while agreeing that the law of God could be summed up like that would say it is not enough an that more specific guidance and on the will of God was needed In that way Matthew and Luke had different ideas of what the Gospel was about or they selected different aspects of it for different audiences If they selected different aspects to appeal to different people it appears that like Paul they became all things to all people that they might by all means save some What do you think of that Do you praise their flexibility

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    Psalm 99 The Lord is King Let the people tremble 1 Thessolonians 1 1 10 An example to all the believers Matthew 22 15 22 Is the lawful to pay taxes to the emporer I will not be able post

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  • Untitled Document
    presence of God which you could call the presence of the absence of God in Ex 33 I think a link can be made with the empty tomb as well I am or will be who I am or will be of Exodus 3 and with the experience of Elijah and the still small voice There a quite brilliant essay by Rowan Williams Archbishop of Canterbury entitled Between the Cerebim

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  • will make you fish for people 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him 19 As he went a little farther he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John who were in their boat mending the nets 20 Immediately he called them and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him 21 They went to Capernaum and when the sabbath came he entered the synagogue and taught 22 They were astounded at his teaching for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes 23 Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit 24 and he cried out What have you to do with us Jesus of Nazareth Have you come to destroy us I know who you are the Holy One of God 25 But Jesus rebuked him saying Be silent and come out of him 26 And the unclean spirit convulsing him and crying with a loud voice came out of him 27 They were all amazed and they kept on asking one another What is this A new teaching with authority He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him It was there in a similar context Mark 2 9 that Jesus said Which is easier to say to the paralytic Your sins are forgiven or to say Stand up and take your mat and walk It was here that he was marked out as one who taught with authority The performance and the proclamation are one and he who acts is part of the message Human service is rendered in his overcoming of the powers of evil Those who acknowledged that are the first to recognise who he is The signs of the Kingdom show how the law of love is fulfilled When John the Baptist wanted to know whether Jesus was the one who was to come or whether they were to expect some other the message He sent back clearly linked the signs of the coming of the Kingdom with His being the one who was to come Matthew 11 4 6 Jesus answered them Go and tell John what you hear and see 5 the blind receive their sight the lame walk the lepers are cleansed the deaf hear the dead are raised and the poor have good news brought to them 6 And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me There is a direct parallel here with the commission that he gave to the 12 and to the 70 Luke 10 1 9 Cure the sick who are there and say to them The kingdom of God has come near to you v 9 when he sent them out on mission heal the sick cast out demons proclaim the good news Mark 3 14 19 Matt 10 5 23 for the sending of the twelve with their commission Matthew 10 7 8 As you go proclaim the good news The

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  • Lectionary resources Ordinary 31 A
    Your hand O God has guided 456 389 Other Possible Hymns Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia SA 48 I set the Lord before my eyes SA 73 Rejoice in God s saints today and all days 2 Father we praise you now the night is over 30 Through all the changing scenes of life 42 From all who dwell below the skies 334 Break thou the bread of life 478 Guide me O thou great Jehovah 487 A charge to keep I have 507 O God of truth whose living word 535 For the might of your arm we bless you our God our Father s God 537 May the mind of Christ my saviour 551 I sing a song of the saints of God 552 Have faith in God my heart 555 In faith and hope and love Hymns All Saints 8 A mighty stronghold is our God 46 O God our help in ages past 87 Ye watchers and ye holy ones 179 Christ is the world s true light 384 For all the saints 385 The church s one foundation 389 Your hand O God has guided 452 I come with joy to meet my Lord 454 I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity 478 Guide me O thou great Jehovah 551 I sing a song of the saints of God SA 73 Rejoice in God s saints today and all days Sermon summary Click here for complete sermon Learning from unworthy teachers Who do you listen to when you want to learn something of spiritual value or something of faith Or do you learn from what people do rather than what they say Jesus was very critical of the teachers of Israel for their hypocrisy Matthew 23 13 yet he told people to listen to them and do what they taught Matthew 23 1 3 Do what they say not what they do How was that possible The hypocrisy of teachers and leaders does do damage it is a barrier it can lock people out of the kingdom Matthew 18 6 7 Mark 9 42 It is much easier to learn from good examples and a great responsibility rests on all teachers James 3 1 The authority of sound teaching Yet in spite of their bad example Jesus told the crowds they should follow what the scribes and Pharisees taught Matt 23 2 3a They should still be followed because they followed Moses that is they presented the word of God from the law of Moses See also Matt 5 17 20 John 4 22 So it was too that the apostles were to be believed in their witness to the gospel in spite of their being charged too with hypocrisy and weakness Gal 2 11 14 2 Timothy 3 13 17 Nevertheless pastoral leaders in the church were expected to be people of good reputation 1 Timothy 3 7 9 The human weakness of the messengers

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