This Sunday

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014

The 17th Sunday after Pentecost

10 a.m. -  Chapel of the Resurrection

 

The 2014-15 Walter Wangerin Jr. Celebration of Excellence in Preaching Series.

The Rev. Travis Scholl preaches and University Pastor James A. Wetzstein presides.


All are welcome to worship Sunday morning with Holy Communion at the Chapel of the Resurrection! 


THEME:

In today's gospel reading, Jesus tells a parable of the vineyard, an image of Israel, the prophets' mission, and Christ's death. For Christians, the vineyard also speaks of God's love poured out in the blood of Christ, given to us for the forgiveness of sin. Grafted onto Christ the vine at baptism, we are nourished with wine and bread, that we may share Christ's sufferings and know the power of his resurrection.

Prayer of the Day:

Beloved God, from you come all things that are good. 
Lead us by the inspiration of your Spirit 
to know those things that are right, 
and by your merciful guidance, help us to do them, 
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


GOSPEL Matthew 21:33–46
Jesus tells a parable to the religious leaders who are plotting his death, revealing that their plans will, ironically, bring about the fulfillment of scripture.

33Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.' 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" 41They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time."
 42Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures:
 'The stone that the builders rejected
 has become the cornerstone;
 this was the Lord's doing,
 and it is amazing in our eyes'?
43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls."
 45When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.
 


Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

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Agnus Day

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