New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

When the landowner goes back to market later in the morning, he cuts a different deal with the second shift. He will pay them whatever is right, he says, and they go with him, either because he seems like a trustworthy person or because anything he ends up paying them is better than the nothing they will earn by standing there.

—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)

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Today’s Question

Why do you think Barbara Brown Taylor cautions us not to equate the landowner in the parable with God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

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.
—Matthew 20:3-4 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, we thank you for the ways you provide for us. Help us to become more aware of your presence in our daily lives and to share your love with others. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted September 24, 2023 6:09 am

    I didn’t see anything about not equating the landowner with God. I think the landowner is very God like. God can and does do as God pleases, God’s ways are not our ways. God wants everyone fed, God loves everyone.
    Glad Jill is recovering well, has lots of help, and planning to be back at school. I’m sure students will be glad to see her.
    Hopefully we’ll have a breakfast get together Tuesday with Bible/book study friends visiting NH from TX.
    Worship this morning. Enjoy nthe blessings of the day. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted September 24, 2023 10:10 am

    I am not sure. I would like to hear her explanation of this.
    So grateful to be able to watch church service on line. It definitely is not the same as being there – but certainly appreciated this morning, as I continue to regain my strength.
    Happy to say that this morning I was able to put a sock on my right foot. A new milestone, one worth a bit of celebration. Grateful for the healing God has blessed me with thus far.
    A quiet day today, no visitors that I know of are coming by.
    My nephew sent me a video last night…his wife made t-shirts for the 5 of them to wear while boarding the cruise today. It says something to the effect of “celebrating 90 on the cruise”. They surprised dad with it last night at the hotel. Hoping to receive a photo today of the 5 of them in their shirts, going on board. I really hope dad just eats up everything this cruise has to offer. He is such a social person – he should thrive on this.
    I will do more schoolwork today and watch lots of football.

  • Ally Posted September 24, 2023 1:36 pm

    I’m with you, Robert. The vineyard owner seems to represent God. Jill, praying for healing and praising Gpd your needs have been met through your friends!
    I haven’t been able to comment all week. Keep getting message my email is invalid. But my knee is much better. Love to all.

  • Paul Tagliamonte Posted September 24, 2023 7:42 pm

    Timely, in that, the landowner, representing the rich & powerful, behaves in a way that today’s rich & powerful, should behave.

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