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The Parable of the Laborer... Sermon (Complete) by Wayne Ray https://episcopalchurch.org/library/sermon/parable-laborer-proper-20-1996 Sermon (Complete) by Wayne Ray Topics: Work , Labor , Identity , Grace of God Source: Sermons That Work In this sermon on Jesus’ parable of the laborers from Matthew 20:1-16, Wayne Ray discusses: labor and identity; the challenge to “come, labor;” human jealousy; God’s generosity and the danger of presuming on God’s grace. The Coming Kingdom Sermon Starter/Outline by Joyce Ann Zimmerman http://liturgy.slu.edu/25OrdA092417/theword_working.html Sermon Starter/Outline by Joyce Ann Zimmerman Topics: Kingdom of God , Justice , Joy Source: The Sunday Website This resource offers a series of jumping-off points for preaching the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16a). Being completely lost in working for the kingdom is very much its own reward. Love or Justice? Sermon Starter/Outline by David J. Lose http://www.davidlose.net/2014/09/pentecost-15-a-love-or-justice/ Sermon Starter/Outline by David J. Lose Topics: Love , Work , Generosity , Justice Source: In the Meantime Reflecting on Matthew 20:1-16, David Lose writes that when justice and love clash, it can get ugly. Because where justice counts, love loses track. Love passes beyond the realm of justice into the realm of relationship. God's Generosity Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Skeats http://torch.op.org/torch/gods-generosity-1 Sermon (Complete) by Thomas Skeats Topics: Parables , Generosity , Envy , Body of Christ Source: Torch: Catholic Homilies from the Dominican Friars A homily based on Matthew 20:1-16. Thomas Skeats warns against envy and describes how we grow through our participation in the generosity of God. Call to Worship Element of Worship by Elsa A. Peters https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/09/call-to-worship-september-18-2011.html Element of Worship by Elsa A. Peters Topics: Labor Source: Re-Worship A call to worship based on Matthew 20:1-16, written by Elsa A. Peters, and focused on the experiences of the laborers in the vineyard. Sheer Grace Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce M. McKenzie http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Sheer-Grace-Alyce-McKenzie-09-12-2011 Commentary/Exegesis by Alyce M. McKenzie Topics: Parables , Grace , Generosity , Arrogance Source: Patheos Alyce McKenzie suggests that the parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 19:17-20:16) is about God's welcome of "the despised, the outcasts and sinners" into the kingdom. The Wages of Celibacy Commentary/Exegesis by Ronald Rolheiser http://liturgy.slu.edu/25OrdA092417/reflections_rolheiser.html Commentary/Exegesis by Ronald Rolheiser Topics: Parable , Celibacy , Love , Death Source: The Sunday Website Reflecting on Matthew 20:1-16, Ronald Rolheiser reflects on considers the advantages and disadvantages of celibacy, both in the clergy and among lay people. While there are risks to celibacy, there is also incredible beauty. Workers’ Rights and the Kingdom of Heaven Commentary/Exegesis by Debra Dean Murphy http://www.ekklesiaproject.org/blog/2008/09/workers%e2%80%99-rights-and-the-kingdom-of-heaven/ Commentary/Exegesis by Debra Dean Murphy Topics: Immigration , Kingdom of God , Grace of God , Church Source: Ekklesia Project In this reflection, Debra Dean Murphy applies Matthew 20:1-16 and Philippians 1:21-30, which violates not only our sense of equity but our understanding of divine justice for immigration and the rights of workers. God's Unconditional Love and the Power of Gratitude Sermon (Complete) by Heather Melton https://episcopalchurch.org/library/sermon/gratitude-proper-20-2017 Sermon (Complete) by Heather Melton Topics: Gratitude , Parable , Thankfulness , God's Love Source: Sermons That Work In this sermon on the vineyard laborers from Matthew 20:1-16, Heather Melton discusses God’s unconditional love and the importance of the transformative discipline of gratitude as recognizing the goodness in God, ourselves, and others. Parable of the Vineyard Workers Drama by Moira Laidlaw https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/09/dramatized-reading-matthew-20-1-16.html Drama by Moira Laidlaw Topics: Worship Planning , Scripture Reading Source: Re-Worship Using ten actors and several simple props, this is a dramatized version of the parable of the vineyard workers in Matthew 20:1-16. Putting Food on the Table Sermon (Complete) by Richard Conrad http://torch.op.org/torch/putting-food-on-the-table Sermon (Complete) by Richard Conrad Topics: Parables , Family , Work , Charity Source: Torch: Catholic Homilies from the Dominican Friars Richard Conrad unravels the implications of Jesus' parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). In God's economy, everyone has what they need to survive. Why not in our human economies, too? Employer or Patron Devotional by John J. Pilch http://liturgy.slu.edu/25OrdA092114/theword_cultural.html Devotional by John J. Pilch Topics: Culture , Parable , God Source: The Sunday Website Examining the parable in Matthew 20:1-16, John J. Pilch contrasts how the landowner would be seen from a Mediterranean perspective and an American perspective, using the language of employer and patron. Prayers of the People Element of Worship by Richard J. Fairchild https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2011/09/prayers-of-people-proper-20a.html Element of Worship by Richard J. Fairchild Topics: Prayer , Intercession Source: Re-Worship A prayer of intercession, written by Richard J. Fairchild, based on Matthew 20:1-16, and focused on reaching others as ambassadors of God. Choosing Joy Sermon Starter/Outline by David J. Lose http://www.davidlose.net/2017/09/pentecost-16-a-choosing-joy/ Sermon Starter/Outline by David J. Lose Topics: Joy , Social Media , Gratitude , Sabbath Source: In the Meantime Reflecting on Matthew 20:1-16, David Lose writes that no joy comes from comparisons, but only envy and resentment and bitterness or, occasionally, a shallow and superficial pride. He invites us to practice gratitude, Sabbath, and vulnerability. The Feminine Genius and the Ecclesial Vocation of Women Article by William Newton http://www.hprweb.com/2016/12/thoughts-on-the-ecclesial-vocation-of-women/ Article by William Newton Topics: Women , Vocation Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review William Newton revisits Pope John Paul’s call to better employ women in the service of the Church and the Kingdom of God. Using Matthew 20:1-16, women are invited to the vineyard to work. God's Justice Devotional by Gerald Darring http://liturgy.slu.edu/25OrdA092417/reflections_justice.html Devotional by Gerald Darring Topics: Love , Work , Justice , Grace Source: The Sunday Website Reflecting on Jesus' parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), Gerald Darring says that all workers are treated the same because in God's view of justice, all are entitled to a decent life. The Idle Apostle? Sermon Starter/Outline by Barry O’Toole https://www.epriest.com/reflections/view/1256 Sermon Starter/Outline by Barry O’Toole Topics: Calling , Christ , Labor , Grace Source: ePriest Barry O'Toole's sermon starter on Jesus' parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) emphasizes the question, "Why are you standing here idle all day?" We are called to do the work of Christ. Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard Image by John Sturt http://pitts.emory.edu/dia/image_details.cfm?ID=13775&referrer=preachingandworship.org Image by John Sturt Topics: Parable Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive The landowner of the vineyard pays his workers for the day's work; those who worked all day complain that the others received the same amount as them. Engraving based on Matthew 20:1-16 by John Sturt. We Are All Equal Recipients of God's Gifts Commentary/Exegesis by Karl Jacobson https://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=1046 Commentary/Exegesis by Karl Jacobson Topics: Parables , Forgiveness , Coveting , Equality Source: Working Preacher Karl Jacobson’s commentary on the parable of the laborers in the vineyard in Matthew 20:1-16 argues that this parable is primarily about coveting God’s ability to forgive and reflects on theme of reversing expectations. Parable and interpretation? Article by Steve Thorngate https://www.christiancentury.org/blog-post/sundays-coming/parable-and-interpretation-matthew-20 Article by Steve Thorngate Topics: Parables , Equality , Interpretation , Generosity Source: The Christian Century In a context of scarcity, it’s important to be first. But the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard in Matthew 20:1-16 suggests that God operates out of abundance.

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