SUNDAY (October 4, 2020)
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Gospel Sentence
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

Reading
“Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes?” (Isaiah 5:1–4)

Meditation
The parable-like text begins as a love song to God for all He has done for His people, Israel. The setting is paradise-like with rich and fertile land planted with the choicest of grapes expected to yield an amazing harvest and good wine. God has created the best environment possible for these grapes to grow. But something goes terribly wrong and the outcome is not the best wine grapes ever, but wild grapes of little use for wine making. Obviously, the fault is not with God.

Silence

Prayer for Holy Cross Member
Let your grace be upon Wayne O Lord, and teach him to hope in the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of the Week
Gracious God, You gave Your Son into the hands of sinful men who killed Him. Forgive us when we reject Your unfailing love, and grant us the fullness of Your salvation; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord’s Prayer