Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 2017

Here are the readings and songs for the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – September 24, 2017

Act of Praise:    Psalm 145   –   UMH #857
First Scripture:    Philippians 1:21-30   –   Page 1826

Prayer of Confession

God, our Heavenly King, we rejoice that you invite everyone to a place of purpose in your kingdom. Through Christ, your Son, you give us a vision of the world as your vineyard, where each person can contribute the gifts you have given. Free us from envy and comparing our circumstances to others. Give us strength by your Spirit to live joyfully as generous servants of your realm. Help us to give joyfully out of our abundance in response to your loving presence in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Song of Praise:     Give Thanks   –   TFWS #2036
Second Scripture Lesson:     Matthew 20:1-16   –   Page 1529
Sermon Title:     “The Upside Down Reality of the Kingdom”
Closing Song:     Freely, Freely   –   UMH #389

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