Pentecost +16, Proper 20A


Sep. 24


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Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):


Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Exodus 16:2-15 or Jonah 3:10 – 4:11 Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45 or Psalm 145:1-8  Philippians 1:21-30 Matthew 20:1-16


Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

546 Amazing Grace

709 Glorious things of thee are spoken

622 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

538 Hope of the world

527 More love to thee, O Christ

399 O God, unseen yet ever near


More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.   


Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Matthew 20:1-16


Rewarding, how the Lord repairs,

begets attention to our wares,

diverts intention from our grief

and lingers on the Lord’s relief.


To take the day in vineyard’s toil

or linger for awaited time,

so manage some resourcing work

and savor how we leverage life.


Yet in the churning of the task

we look for wage to match the hours

and wonder at the Lord’s intent

at owning all alike in grace


This furrowing upon each face

that measures our reward in time

now finds that all noted clean

within the fervor of our God.


LM      Suggested tune: Warrington


Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin.  Where practical, these may be offered here as well.  You may also want to visit   

This week:  See Call to Worship


Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.


Call to Worship  (adapted from Psalm 105)

L: O give thanks to the LORD, call on God’s name, make known God’s deeds among the peoples.

P: Sing to God, sing praises to God; tell of all his wonderful works.

L: Glory in God’s holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

P: Seek the LORD and his strength; seek God’s presence continually.

L: Remember the wonderful works God has done, the miracles, and the judgments God uttered,

P: Remember, O offspring of his servant, his chosen ones.


OR (adapted from the UCC)

L: We are summoned here by our holy God, who calls us each by name, and gathers us together in the unity of Jesus Christ.

P: From classroom and kitchen and carpool, we are called into God’s presence. Young and old and middle-aged, individuals and families, softspoken and outspoken, we hear our names being called to join in worship.

L: This house of worship is a place to pursue God’s vision for all people: unity and joy and faith, expressed through different gifts.

P: Praise the Lord!



L: My friends, we are called to lives of prayerful awareness of ourselves, of our community, and of the world.

P: We gather to praise the living God, who hears and answers the outpouring of our prayers.

L:  May we be awakened to the voice of Christ who calls us to faithfulness.

P: May our faith be seen in using God’s resources and resourcefulness in serving the world.


Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

O God, light of all hearts that seek you, life of all souls that love you and strength of the thoughts that reach to you, we praise you. To turn from you is to fall, but to be turned to you is to rise. To live in you is to stand firm forever. We rejoice at the thought of your nearness. You are here in our midst, at our side, in our hearts, knowing, understanding, caring and helping. And so we life our hearts to glorify you in praise and adoration. (praying as our Savior taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



We are here, Lord. We come to be with your people, to join them in your praise, and to learn to live with them and with your world in peace. Give us your blessing, we pray, that as we seek to know your will for us, we may live lives worthy to be called “Christian”. Through your son Jesus, the Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



Gather us, O God, into the household of grace, the fold of your love.  We recognize your holy presence, and are turned to toward a new day by the rising of the light of Christ.  Help us to face this day, and all of our days, with the hope and promise made full for us in the person of Jesus Christ, as we unite ourselves with him once more and receive his heavenly food; for these and all of our prayers we lift to you in his name (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)


Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Gracious and loving God, we come to you with hearts that need to be opened to your word and your love. There is so much around us that tears at us and causes us to tremble. Keep us ever mindful of your presence and the hope that you have given us in your Son Jesus Christ.


Guide us, we pray, as your church, struggling to spread the good news. Keep us focused on the mission and ministry to which you have called us and lead us forward. We know, Lord, that there will often be bumps and holes in the road along the way. Save us from dwelling on them and make us secure in the goals you have placed before us.


Hear our prayers for all who need your tender touch of healing in their lives—those we name before you each day, and those who are known only to you in the depths of our hearts. Be with those who mourn. May we all remember the love and grace that your faithful people have brought to our world.


We pray for all your creation, always at odds with one another. Guide our leaders and those of other nations that this world might truly be as you created it to be—a world of peace, hope and love.

These are our prayers, together with those that lie on the hearts of all your faithful people, which we offer to you in the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ who said “not my will, but thine be done.” Amen.


Prayers from Common Worship*



Almighty God,

you have made us for yourself,

and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you:

pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,

and so bring us at last to your heavenly city

where we shall see you face to face;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Post Communion


Lord, we pray that your grace

may always precede and follow us,

and make us continually to be given to all good works;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Additional Collect


Gracious God,

you call us to fullness of life:

deliver us from unbelief

and banish our anxieties

with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.


Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to

love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among

things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall

endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

Matthew 20:1-16


We stumble to your vineyard, Lord God,

long past the eleventh hour

and find the task near done.

Yet in the opulence of grace we come

to learn our wage is full

at your delight.

For in your bounty, past desires,

you know us all as one,

together in your love.


Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

We would not steal for ourselves what God has entrusted to us for the benefit of our world neighbors. We would not claim as our own what God has loaned to us for our management in this lifetime. Therefore, we bring our offerings in joyful trust and service.


Offertory Prayer

Generous God, our lives are renewed as we remember your goodness. You have made us in your image and placed in our hearts the memory of your love made flesh in Jesus Christ. That memory calls us to give and to embrace your world as we offer these gifts. May our lives invested through these offerings create a new reality and extend your grace in remembrance of Jesus, in whose name we pray.


Invitation to the Table

Christ invites to this Table all who desire to draw close to God and to live at peace with God and their neighbors.  Here, all of God’s promises are fulfilled; here, all hope is renewed.


Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

O God, your grace exceeds our highest expectations, hopes, or dreams! You have given bread for not only those who love and follow you, but indeed enough for all the world. As we break this bread, may we receive it as the body of Christ who gives himself that we might know your abundant presence in our lives. As we bless this cup, may all who receive it as his blood know the forgiveness of sin, and the renewal to life everlasting, far greater than we could ever ask or imagine. May we all be bound as one with you through the love and self-giving of Jesus the Christ.


Conclusion:  Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’



Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service.  Visit to learn more.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 


Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2016.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2016; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.


Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.


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