St Barnabas Church
20th September 2020
The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;
and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall,
keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,
and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.
3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ 5 So they went.
“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’
7 “‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.
“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’
9 “The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’
13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
Thought for the
We can hurt God
Verse for the Week
…. and pained the Holy One of Israel.
Points for Prayer
* Young people who are back at Uni - especially Francesca (Julia Budd's daughter) and Josie (Jackie Jackson's daughter).
* Our Archdeacon Jane and
Bishops Michael and Alan who care for us in our parish
* Cleaning in the church is a significant issue now, with groups coming back to the church and hall. Pray for wisdom in how we can keep our church safe.
* Those visiting the church to advise on energy saving and reducing the cost of the heating and lighting in the building.
* People to learn how to run the live stream from the church
* Anne Middlebrook who has broken bones in her foot - pray for a swift recovery.
* Those who are caring for relatives and neighbours in our church
* Sue Williams and Diane Powell who are both unwell
* Doreen Pope who has been unwell but has now returned from hospital
* Ellie Gazzard following her tests
* All those affected by the rule of 6 or the local lockdowns. Pray for people to be wise over social distancing and that we can work together to avoid returning to a strict lockdown.
* Those who are fearful about leaving their homes.
* Dacorum and Hertfordshire councils as they work to contain covid-19 outbreaks in our area.
* The Prime Minister and government as they work to reduce the spread of covid-19 while allowing as much of life as possible to continue
* Negotiations on our future relationship with Europe when the transition period ends.
* The shops in the Marlowes -
many have closed - pray for those that are still open that they will get the trade
to stay open in these challenging times.
* All having to seek new employment and those worried about the future of their jobs.
* Finances needed for the church as our rental income is still very low