In worship we enjoyed the reminder that God is bigger and more willing to be in relationship with us than we are able to comprehend or ask for. God’s grace and mercy are more plentiful and more accessible than we think we rate in our sinfulness. God loves us more than we can imagine. Our lesson from Hebrew Scripture from Exodus was a recounting of the 10 Commandments. One really important part of the Commandments is found in the preamble to the words, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt…” God is with us and because this is true, we act in right ways. The Psalmist declares the magnitude of God’s connection to people and reminds us of the relationship we have. Our sermon was based on a collection of thoughts from the Gospel and Paul’s letter to the Philippians. In the Gospel from Matthew was the parable of the “wicked vineyard workers” and their rejection of the vineyard owner. God, being the vineyard owner, will make sure people are present to do God’s work. In Paul’s letter, we were reminded that Paul was capable of learning about his audience and arguing his position from their perspective. The message does not change, rather the way we relate the message in ways others can understand changes. Our mission is to keep learning about ourselves and our neighbors. Where is your challenge?

I invite your comments,

Readings: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20; Psalm 19; Philippians 3:4b-13; Matthew 21:33-46

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