Song – Be Thou (IGB Band)
Question for Sharing (Joel & Faith)
“What is something you’ve been thankful for in the last month?”
God who asks us not to judge
You celebrate each one of us as we are
And you push us on to change and grow
To seek new ways and find joy in the unfamiliar
Learning and living in rich diversity.
Help us to feel secure in the way of discovery – of ourselves and of others
God who speaks to power
You turn the tables on us all
Making us see things anew and bringing light
A searchlight that seeks us out and leaves us
With many questions
Help us to keep asking the questions of ourselves and others.
God who challenges expectations.
You come to us where we are and lead us on
You invite us to a place that looks familiar
but is forever changed by your love and grace.
A place of warmth and love and belonging.
Help us to make this place for ourselves and others.
(Prayer written by Sam Lowe)
Story – Sarah
Reading – Matthew 21:33-46 (Josh)
33 “Now listen to another story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. 34 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop. 35 But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36 So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same.
37 “Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’
38 “But when the tenant farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ 39 So they grabbed him, dragged him out of the vineyard, and murdered him.
40 “When the owner of the vineyard returns,” Jesus asked, “what do you think he will do to those farmers?”
41 The religious leaders replied, “He will put the wicked men to a horrible death and lease the vineyard to others who will give him his share of the crop after each harvest.”
42 Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?
‘The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.’[a]
43 I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit. 44 Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.[b]”
45 When the leading priests and Pharisees heard this parable, they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. 46 They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, who considered Jesus to be a prophet.
Reflection– Bruises, Bandages & Bad Tenants (Sam)
Song – 10,000 Reasons (Ali & Lorraine)
Love Feast (Pete)
What’s Coming up (Danielle) *
Blessing: “May we live fully, love wastefully and have the courage to be all that God has created us to be.”
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