Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 20-SEP-2020 - 9.30 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 16 – Seasons of Creation, Week 3: Earth – In the 'Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard', Jesus was telling an unlikely story about a wealthy landowner who paid a full day's wages to every one of the labourers he had hired to do some work in his vineyard, whether they had been hired early in the morning for a whole day's work, or later in the day for a few hour's work, or had been engaged so late in the day that they were on site for only an hour. When the wages were being handed out, the latecomers were put at the head of the queue to make sure they were paid first, and despite the grumbling, the ones who had being working in the sun for the whole day were refused a bonus. It just didn't seem fair. What is it that leads us so naturally to jealousy and resentment? In the rural Palestine of that era, day labourers would have had a precarious existence, constantly threatened by unemployment and destitution; and the vineyards of our world will only thrive when everyone has a place of dignity and a purpose. In the kingdom of God, reward is not based on what is deserved, but purely on God's love and generosity. Do you feel angry because God is generous in places where you wouldn't expect it? The sermon concludes with thoughts about the wonderful world that God has given us, and the pressing need for us to look after it much more effectively.
NOTE: A large part of this sermon was also used for the 11 o'clock church service.
Matthew 20: 1-16

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