Propers

Greetings to you in Christ Jesus, Who pays us by His grace,  

God is always calling us in Christ, to Christ, into His kingdom.  

    “Seek the Lord while he may be found;

        call upon him while he is near; 

    [7] let the wicked forsake his way,

        and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

    let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,

        and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 

So writes the prophet Isaiah, pleading with all to return, and to be received, 

because of God’s compassion and pardon.

And the return may surprise us, because God does not work the way we do. 

He gives us all only through grace in Christ, so He also says through the prophet: 

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

        neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 

    [9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

        so are my ways higher than your ways

        and my thoughts than your thoughts

Here are the Propers for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Order of Service: Matins p.219

Opening Hymn: 827 Hark, the Voice of Jesus Calling

The Introit (Additional Psalm)

Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16; antiphon : Psalm 116:17 

    I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving

        and call on the name of the Lord. 

    What shall I render to the Lord

        for all his benefits to me? 

    [13] I will lift up the cup of salvation

        and call on the name of the Lord, 

    Precious in the sight of the Lord

        is the death of his saints. 

    [16] O Lord, I am your servant;

        I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.

        You have loosed my bonds. 

 Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

            as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.  Amen   

    I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving

        and call on the name of the Lord. 

The Old Testament Reading:

Isaiah 55:6-9 

    “Seek the Lord while he may be found;

        call upon him while he is near; 

    [7] let the wicked forsake his way,

        and the unrighteous man his thoughts;

    let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,

        and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 

    [8] For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

        neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 

    [9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

        so are my ways higher than your ways

        and my thoughts than your thoughts. 

The Epistle Reading: 

Philippians 1:12-14; 19-30  

    I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, [13] so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. [14] And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear… 

    for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, [20] as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. [21] For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. [22] If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. [23] I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. [24] But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. [25] Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, [26] so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. 

    [27] Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, [28] and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. [29] For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, [30] engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. 

The Holy Gospel:

Matthew 20:1-16 

    “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. [2] After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. [3] And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, [4] and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ [5] So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. [6] And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ [7] They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ [8] And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ [9] And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. [10] Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. [11] And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, [12] 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.’ [13] But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? [14] Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. [15] Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 

    [16] So the last will be first, and the first last.” 

Common Responsory

The Hymn of the Day: 555 Salvation Unto Us Has Come

Sermon (attached)

Te Deum

‘Offering’ Hymn (audio):  853 How Clear is Our Vocation, Lord 

The Prayers of the Church (attached)

The Collect     

    Lord God, heavenly Father, since we cannot stand before You relying on anything we have done, 

help us trust in Your abiding grace and live according to Your Word; 

through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

The Closing Hymn: 738 Lord of All Hopefulness

If you would like to listen to the audio (with organ accompaniment) of the service – with thanks to Paul and Sarah Walrath –

here is the link:  https://youtu.be/0m3Z-uUBY9E

The link is open for listening after 5pm today.

If you would like to watch the service – with thanks to Davian Hart – we will be live-streaming the 10:45am Service

Here is the link:   https://youtu.be/szClAfDWS_s

The link will be open for viewing 10:45am  

We welcome those who wish to gather on Sundays at 8:30 (or 10:45.  Please also know and be assured that our Audio and Video services WILL continue.  

PLEASE do not feel that you are ‘required’ to attend in person, as we continue living through the various stages of this Covid19 pandemic.  

O God, by the patient endurance of Your only-begotten Son You beat down the pride of the old enemy.  

Help us to treasure rightly in our hearts what our Lord has born for our sakes that, after His example, 

we may bear with patience those things that are adverse to us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

The Lord bless you and keep you,

Pastor