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19th Sunday after Pentecost
October 11, 2020
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"Go therefore into the main streets,
and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.'" (Matthew 22:10)
Today's worship texts

In Isaiah we are given a vision of the great feast to come, when God will wipe away death forever. In Jesus’ parable about a great banquet, those invited do not come, so the invitation is extended to others
 

Prayer of the Day

Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

 

First Reading: Isaiah 25:1-9

After a hymn of praise acknowledging God as a shelter for the poor, the prophet portrays a wonderful victory banquet at which death—which in ancient Canaan was depicted as a monster swallowing up everyone—will be swallowed up forever. The prophet urges celebration of this victory of salvation.

1O Lord, you are my God;
I will exalt you, I will praise your name;
for you have done wonderful things,
plans formed of old, faithful and sure.
2For you have made the city a heap,
the fortified city a ruin;
the palace of aliens is a city no more,
it will never be rebuilt.
3Therefore strong peoples will glorify you;
cities of ruthless nations will fear you.
4For you have been a refuge to the poor,
a refuge to the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rainstorm,
5the noise of aliens like heat in a dry place,
you subdued the heat with the shade of clouds;
the song of the ruthless was stilled.

6On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples
a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines,
of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.
7And he will destroy on this mountain
the shroud that is cast over all peoples,
the sheet that is spread over all nations;
8he will swallow up death forever.
Then the Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces,
and the disgrace of his people he will take away from all the earth,
for the Lord has spoken.
9It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited;
let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus tells a parable indicating that the blessings of God’s kingdom are available to all, but the invitation is not to be taken lightly.

1Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
  11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Monday Youth Classes (are back on Oct 19th)

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

5:00 - 5:30 pm Confirmation (Grade 6 and up)
Tuesday Book Study,
7 - 8 pm (is back on Oct 20th)

Use the Sunday worship zoom link to access.

Here's our new book: Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans 
Wednesday Fellowship,
1 - 2 pm


Will now be on Zoom. Use the Sunday worship login.
All Saints Sunday is November 1st.

Since our worship is online this year, we can be creative in how we mark this important feast day. Send me a picture of a loved one who has died (spouse, child, friend, grandparent, parent, relative) - and not just those who have died in the last year.

I need to receive them by Sunday, October 18th to have time to edit them together (so send them in now!)
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
Let's fill the Food Bank cart and remember the hungry in our community.

Most needed items:

Sugar
Oats (Oatmeal)
Rice
Pasta
Diapers Size 5 & 6

Hygiene Items -
Shampoo & Body Wash
 
Normally this is the time of year we would be collecting loose change for Campus Ministry. You can still give to support this important ministry throughout our Synod (including at Medicine Hat College). Include your gift with your offering this month, just mark it as a special offering on your offering envelope or in the comments on your e-transfer.
Thank you for your offering!
Your continuing generosity at this time is greatly appreciated!


Our offering for August was $8,770 (our budget is $8,750).

You can give by joining PAR (your offering is debited automatically on the 20th of each month);

by  e-transfer, using the church's email unitymh@yahoo.com
(it's an automatic deposit without a security question)

by mail or by dropping it off at the church
599 - 12 Street NW, T1A 6R3
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