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Revd David Moss
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Workers in the vineyard ...
I expect you are all settling in at school and getting used to the new classroom social distancing, it must feel very strange
to you! It looks as if we will be continuing along these lines for sometime to come which means that we still can't see the
time yet when we can get back to our Junior Church in the way it used to be, however we are looking into other ways in which we
could safely meet up with one another.
In this lesson there is a deliberate - and we think obvious - mistake for you to
find! We are hoping that this little bit of fun may help and encourage you to keep on reading our messages to remind you of God's
wonderful and amazing love.
So our story this week (I am sorry to say) is about working and earning!! No, don't stop reading
- remember that deliberate mistake?
Once there was a man who owned a vineyard - where grapes are grown.
Early one morning he got
up and went to the market place to hire some men to work in his vineyard; he agreed to pay them a silver coin each which was the regular
pay at that time, and he put them to work.
The owner of the vineyard went out again at 9 o'clock in the morning to hire more
men, he offered them a fair day's pay and set them to work in the vineyard.
Then he went back to the market place at 12noon and again
at 3 o'clock in the afternoon to hire even more workers.
It was nearly 5 o'clock in the afternoon when he was back at the market place.
saw some men still hanging around. "Why are you wasting the whole day here doing nothing?" he asked them.
"No one hired us,"
they answered. "Well you go and work in my potato field also."
When evening came, the owner told his foreman, "Call in
the men and pay them their wages, starting with those who were hired last and finish with those who were hired first." The men
who had started work at 5 o'clock in the afternoon were paid one silver coin each.
The men who were hired first began to get excited,
expecting to be paid more because they had been working all day - but they too were given one silver coin each.
They began to
'It's not fair," these men you hired last only worked once hour while we worked a whole day out in the hot sun yet you paid
them the same as us!"
"Listen to me," the owner answered. "I have not cheated you, you agreed to do a day's work for a fair day's
pay, now take your money and go home. Haven't I the right to do as I please with my own money, or are you jealous because
I am generous?"
Jesus finished the story saying, the last will be first and the first will be last. (Matthew 20: 1-16)
guess that if were there I would have felt much the same. I would probably be saying that is wasn't fair as well. If I
had been working all day in the hot sunshine and then some others come along and work for just the last hour or so, getting the same
money - I would definitely be grumbling too!
But the story isn't about who was finishing last or how long anyone had worked.
It wasn't about counting, like who had done the most hours.
God isn't counting how long we have been a Christian.
God loves each and everyone of us EQUALLY even those who have only loved him for a short time - they too will receive that same wonderful
gift of salvation! Amen
Dear Jesus, Thank you that you love us so much. Thank you that the last can come first.
Thank you that you are generous with the gifts you have given to us and thank you most of all for giving up your life for us so that
we might share eternal life with you in your heavenly kingdom. Amen