The Parable of the Laborers
in the Vineyard
Rembrandt, ca. 1637. Oil on panel. The Hermitage, St.
Laborers are sent into the vineyard and are told
what they will be paid. The amount is the same regardless of the hours that are
worked. The gifts of Godís kingdom are likewise equally allotted. They never
depend upon how much one produces. The emphasis remains upon how willing we are
to approach Godís tasks, and not so much upon what we are due because we
Call on God with praise and thanksgiving. Tell of Godís wonderful
Today we open ourselves
to Godís presence. Let the hearts of all who seek God rejoice.
When we eat, we are reminded of Godís provision. When we drink
pure water, we give thanks.
Surely God has blessed us
with food and drink. Daily we are strengthened for the tasks we face.
We are guided by Godís laws and statutes. We benefit from Godís
Let all the people
worship with joy! Let all whom God has chosen sing together!
of the Day
Let us pray.
Glory to your name, holy
God. We rejoice in your wonderful works, in miracles you have caused among us,
and in the wealth you have entrusted to our stewardship. You have called us to
important work in your vineyard. Wherever we go, we represent your church and
interpret your ways to those who observe our words and deeds. Enfold us in your
presence and give us strength and courage to pass on the light you have sent to
illuminate our journey through life. We are eager to be fed by your Word today.