Worship at Home

Worship for 4th October 2020

The Parable of the Tenants

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Sunday 4th October 10:30 AM

(or whenever you wish)

This week’s message has been prepared by Rev Romeo Pedro

This short act of worship is for use from home.  Pause to settle yourself in God’s presence, knowing that other people are sharing in worship with you.

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Opening Prayer:-

As we gather together, Loving God,
help us to concentrate on you.

As we put aside the things that distract us,
help us to concentrate on you.

As we leave behind the things that worry us,
help us to concentrate on you.

As we forget about ourselves,
help us to concentrate on you.

As we worship you with songs of praise,
help us to concentrate on you.

As we listen to stories from your Word,
help us to concentrate on you.

As we hear your teaching, Loving God
help us to concentrate on you.

Dear God,
make us a church open to possibilities:

when we think we need words,
surprise us with music;

when we think we need action,
bless us with stillness;

when we think we need to give,
help us to receive;

and, at all times, keep us focused on our relationship with you. Amen.

Hymn: Light of the world (StF 175)

Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me.

King of all days, oh so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above
Humbly You came to the earth You created,
All for love’s sake became poor.

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely,
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me.

And I’ll never know how much it cost
to see my sin upon that cross.

Prayer of Confession

For all the times we make you feel sad:
We want to say sorry, Loving God!

For the times when we lie and cheat.
We want to say sorry, Loving God!

For the times when we are angry and grumpy.
We want to say sorry, Loving God!

For the times when we are rude or naughty.
We want to say sorry, Loving God!

For the times when we deliberately disobey.
We want to say sorry, Loving God!

For the times when we are selfish or unkind.
We want to say sorry, Loving God!

For all the wrong things we do.
We want to say sorry, Loving God! Amen.

Listen to: Jesus, remember me (StF 777)

Jesus, remember me
when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me
when you come into your kingdom.

Bible Reading

 

The song of the vineyard

I will sing for the one I love
    a song about his vineyard:
my loved one had a vineyard
    on a fertile hillside.
He dug it up and cleared it of stones
    and planted it with the choicest vines.
He built a watchtower in it
    and cut out a winepress as well.
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
    but it yielded only bad fruit.

‘Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
    judge between me and my vineyard.
What more could have been done for my vineyard
    than I have done for it?
When I looked for good grapes,
    why did it yield only bad?
Now I will tell you
    what I am going to do to my vineyard:
I will take away its hedge,
    and it will be destroyed;
I will break down its wall,
    and it will be trampled.
I will make it a wasteland,
    neither pruned nor cultivated,
    and briers and thorns will grow there.
I will command the clouds
    not to rain on it.’

The vineyard of the Lord Almighty
    is the nation of Israel,
and the people of Judah
    are the vines he delighted in.
And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed;
    for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.

Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Bible Reading

 

The parable of the tenants

33 ‘Listen to another parable: there was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall round it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

35 ‘The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them in the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. “They will respect my son,” he said.

38 ‘But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.” 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

40 ‘Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’

41 ‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,’ they replied, ‘and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.’

42 Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures:

‘“The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvellous in our eyes”?

43 ‘Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. 44 Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.’

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. 46 They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Message from Rev Romeo Pedro

Dear friends, the financial and political systems of our world are said to be structured for the common good, but there is a lot of evidence that suggests that the benefits of these systems are strongly biased toward those who are wealthy, connected, and powerful.

Those who have learned how to use the “rules of the game” to their advantage are able to manipulate our systems to their own gain, while those who are outside the networks of power suffer and are often disadvantaged. This reality was no different in any of the eras in which the Bible was written.

However, throughout history there have been groups of people who have challenged the bias and inequality in the world’s systems. There have been those who have exposed the “gatekeepers” who regulate who gets “in” and who is left “out”, and they have sought to live by different values and priorities. Of course, Jesus was the most significant of these prophets, and he called his followers to embrace his alternative way of living, in which the only law was the law of love, and in which everyone belongs.

Now as we seek to follow Jesus both personally and together, we are called to bear the fruit of God’s Reign in our own lives – the fruit of compassion, simplicity, inclusivity, grace, generosity, and justice. This week we meditate on the contrast between Jesus’ way and the ways of our human systems, and we seek to live according to the values of God’s Reign even as we participate in the systems of our society. This may sound challenging – and it is – but it is definitely worth the effort!.

It’s not just those in formal positions of leadership who need to hear Jesus’ message. If we have friends or family who respect our opinion, or if we teach Sunday School or lead a Bible study, or if we have our own children to look after, we are leaders. In fact, there is no person who is not a leader in some way to some other person. This means that we all need to be careful about the kind of influence we exert over others.

In Jesus’ parable, the tenant farmers, who represent the religious leaders, keep the fruit of the vineyard to themselves. In other words, they refuse to share what they have received, and they use their position for themselves.

We do this when we manipulate others for our own sakes, or when we refuse to use our influence for the best interests of others. When we do this, we cease to live as participants in God’s reign, and we end up being contributors to injustice rather than givers of life.

Are there any ways that you use your influence over others for your own benefit? How can you use your leadership, however small, to serve those around you today?

The best leadership invites others to grow into their best selves in their own way. And this means that listening is one of the most important practices of leadership. This week, make a special effort to listen to those in whose lives you exercise a measure of influence. Amen

A Prayer for Others:

Caring God, we pray for those who have good friends and a loving family, and for those who don’t;

for those whose relationships are strong, and for those that are breaking;

for those whose relationships influence them for good, and for those who are led into bad ways.

We pray for all those we care about, and for our relationship with all creation. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer

(please pray in your mother tongue).

Spanish

Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos
Santificado sea tu Nombre
Venga tu reino
Hágase tu voluntad
En la tierra como en el cielo
Danos hoy el pan de este día
y perdona nuestras deudas
como nosotros perdonamos nuestros deudores
y no nos dejes caer en al tentación
sino que líbranos del malo.
Tuyo es el Reino el Poder y la Gloria por Siempre Señor.

Amen.

English

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Welsh

Ein Tad yn y nefoedd,
sancteiddier dy enw;
deled dy deyrnas;
gwneler dy ewyllys,
ar y ddaear fel yn y nef.
Dyro inni heddiw ein bara beunyddiol,
a maddau inni ein troseddau,
fel yr ym ni wedi maddau i’r rhai a droseddodd yn
ein herbyn;
a phaid â’n dwyn i brawf,
ond gwared ni rhag yr Un drwg.
Oherwydd eiddot ti yw’r deyrnas a’r gallu a’r
gogoniant am byth.

Amen.

German

Vater unser im Himmel,
geheiligt werde dein Name;
dein Reich komme;
dein Wille geschehe,
wie im Himmel so auf Erden.
Unser tägliches Brot gib uns heute.
Und vergib uns unsere Schuld,
wie auch wir vergeben unsern Schuldigern;
und führe uns nicht in Versuchung,
sondern erlöse uns von dem Bösen.
Denn dein ist das Reich und die Kraft
und die Herrlichkeit in Ewigkeit.

Amen.

Italian

Padre nostro che sei nei cieli,
sia santificato il tuo nome;
venga il tuo regno,
sia fatta la tua volontà,
come in cielo così in terra.
Dacci oggi il nostro pane quotidiano,
rimetti a noi i nostri debiti,
come noi li rimettiamo ai nostri debitori
e non ci indurre in tentazione,
ma liberaci dal male.
Amen.

French

Notre Père, qui es aux cieux,
Que ton nom soit sanctifié,
Que ton règne vienne,
Que ta volonté soit faite sur la terre comme au ciel.

Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.
Pardonne-nous nos offences
Comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offensés.
Et ne nous soumets pas à la tentation,
mais délivre-nous du mal,
car c’est à toi qu’appartiennent le règne,
la puissance et la gloire, aux siècles des siècles.

Amen.

Shona

Baba vedu vari kudenga,
Zita renyu rinoera ngarikudzwe.
Umambo hwenyu ngahuve muvanhu,
Kuda kwenyu ngakuitwe pasi pano sezvinoitwa kudenga, Tipei nhasi uno zvokudya zvedu zvinotikwanira, Tiregererei pane zvatinokutadzirai,
Sezvatinoregererawo vaya vanotitadzira,
Musatirega tichiedzwa,
Asi tinunurei pane zvakaipa,
Nokuti umambo ndohwenyu,
namasimba ndeenyu,
nembiri ndeyenyu,
Kusvikira rini narini.
Ameni.

Swahili

Baba yetu uliye mbinguni,
Jina lako litukuzwe,
Ufalme wako uje,
Mapenzi yako yatimizwe,
hapa duniani kama huko mbinguni.
Utupe leo riziki yetu.
Utusamehe deni zetu,
kama sisi nasi tuwasamehevyo wadeni wetu.
Na usitutie majaribuni,
lakini utuokoe na yule mwovu.
Kwa kuwa ufalme ni wako, na nguvu, na utukufu, hata milele.

Amina.

Polish

Ojcze nasz, któryś jest w niebie
święć się imię Twoje;
przyjdź królestwo Twoje;
bądź wola Twoja jako w niebie tak i na ziemi;
chleba naszego powszedniego daj nam dzisiaj;
i odpuść nam nasze winy,
jako i my odpuszczamy naszym winowajcom;
i nie wódź nas na pokuszenie;
ale nas zbaw od złego.
Albowiem Twoje jest Królestwo i moc, i chwała
na wieki wieków.

Amen.

Dutch

Onze Vader in de hemel,
laat uw naam hierin geheiligd worden,
laat uw koninkrijk komen
en uw wil gedaan worden
op aarde zoals in de hemel.
Geef ons vandaag het brood
dat wij nodig hebben.
Vergeef ons onze schulden,
zoals ook wij hebben vergeven
wie ons iets schuldig was.
En breng ons niet in beproeving,
maar red ons uit de greep van het kwaad.
Want aan u behoort het koningschap,
de macht en de majesteit tot in eeuwigheid.

Amen.

Afrikaans

Onse Vader wat in die hemele is,
laat u naam geheilig word.
Laat u koninkryk kom,
laat u wil geskied,
soos in die hemel net so ook op die aarde.
Gee ons vandag ons daaglikse brood,
en vergeef ons ons skulde,
soos ons ook ons skuldenaars vergewe.
En lei ons nie in versoeking nie,
maar verlos ons van die bose.
Want aan U behoort die koninkryk en die krag
en die heerlikheid tot in ewigheid.

Amen

Listen to Romeo say The Lord’s Prayer in Afrikaans (originally from a worship at home service in May)

Greek

Πάτερ ημών ο εν τοις ουρανοίς,
αγιασθήτω το όνομά Σου,
ελθέτω η Βασιλεία Σου,
γεννηθήτω το θέλημά Σου ως εν ουρανώ και επί της γης.
Τον άρτον ημών τον επιούσιον δος ημίν σήμερον,
και άφες ημίν τα οφειλήματα ημών, ως και ημείς αφίεμεν τοις οφειλέταις ημών.
Και μη εισενέγκης ημάς εις πειρασμόν, αλλά ρύσαι ημάς από του πονηρού.
Ότι σου εστί η βασιλεία και η δύναμις και η δόξα
Αμήν

Hymn: King of Kings, Majesty (StF 331)

King of kings, majesty,
God of heaven living in me.
Gentle Saviour, closest Friend,
Strong Deliverer, Beginning and End,
all within me falls at your throne.

Your majesty, I can but bow;
I lay my all before you now.
In royal robes I don’t deserve,
I live to serve your majesty.

Earth and heaven worship you,
Love eternal, faithful and true,
who bought the nations, ransomed souls,
brought this sinner near to your throne;
all within me cries out in praise.

A Prayer of Blessing

I am me, Lord, and I know I get things wrong. I also know I get some things right. I am me and I know you love me. Help me to follow your ways of compassion, simplicity, inclusivity, grace, generosity, and justice.

Amen.

The message & order of service leaflet by Rev’d Romeo Pedro

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