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16th Sunday after Pentecost
September 20, 2020
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"The first shall be last, and the last shall be first." (Matthew 20:16)
Today's worship texts

Prayer of the Day

Almighty and eternal God, you show perpetual lovingkindness to us your servants. Because we cannot rely on our own abilities, grant us your merciful judgment, and train us to embody the generosity of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.


First Reading: Jonah 3:10-4:11

After Jonah’s short sermon in 3:4, the Ninevites all repented and God decided to spare the city. Jonah objected to this and became even more angry when God ordered a worm to destroy a plant that was providing shade. The book ends with a question that challenges any who are not ready to forgive: You, Jonah, are all worked up about a bush, but shouldn’t I be concerned about a hundred and twenty thousand Ninevites?

10When God saw what [the people of Ninevah] did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
 4:1But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2He prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. 3And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4And the Lordsaid, “Is it right for you to be angry?” 5Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
  6The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”
  9But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 10Then the Lord said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”


Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus tells a parable about God’s generosity, challenging the common assumption that God rewards people according to what they have earned or deserve.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 5When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 7They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ 8When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 9When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 11And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
We need worship assistants for October (readers, prayer leaders and zoom hosts). Please sign up here
Monday Youth Classes

4:30-5:00 pm Junior Confirmation (Grade 5 and below)

5:00 - 5:30 pm Confirmation (Grade 6 and up)

Contact Pastor Jeff for the Zoom code to participate.
Tuesday Book Study,
7 - 8 pm

Use the Sunday worship zoom link to access.

The meeting will open at 6:45 pm for check in and conversation before we begin.
Wednesday Fellowship, 1 - 2 pm

Bring your own lawn chair and drink. We meet in the park right across the street from the church. We will continue to meet as long as the weather is decent.
Bible Book Club - book of the month for September is Genesis.
You have still have time to read through Genesis this September.
  • Genesis is made up of a lot of stories. Which story did you like best? Why?

  • Which story did you like least? Why?

  • What surprised you in reading this book, and why did it surprise you?

   If you've taken up the challenge this      month, let Pastor Jeff know!
For children (and the young at heart)

Here is this week's children's bulletin and a colouring page for old and young alike. Use the pages with your children and grandchildren (or for yourself!)

Children's Bulletin

Colouring Page 
Holy Communion will be consecrated during worship on Sunday, September 27th, packed in to-go bags for each family, and then shared together during worship on Sunday, October 4th.

To receive communion this month sign up here: COMMUNION SIGN UP or by calling the church office. Sign ups must be received by Saturday, September 26.

More details on the pick up process will be announced next week.
Martha Munz Gue has two opportunities to share with you.

1. She is hosting weekly nature walks on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 through the end of October that you are welcome to join -- the list of locations around town are here.

2. Every Sunday afternoon since mid June a small group of art club people meet at the college pond to paint. Quite idyllic. Painting is from 2 pm to 4 pm.  Bring own chair and art supplies. Washrooms are not available to general public.
Former Unity Pastor Michael Cone died last month in Manitoba, and a gathering was held this past week. You can read his obituary here.  Pastor Cone served at Unity when the building on Palliser Place was constructed. We continue to hold his wife Norma in our prayers.
Thank you for your offering!
Your generosity at this time is greatly appreciated!

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using the church's email
(it will be automatically deposited without a security question)

You can also give by mail or by dropping off your offering at the church
599 - 12 Street NW
T1A 6R3
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