From the Pastor …
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to
hire laborers for his vineyard.” Matthew 20:1
Our Gospel readings these past few weeks have been about the vineyard. Of course, the vineyard is the people of God at work in God’s world. We learn that God calls us all to use our gifts and talents to as we seek to serve our neighbors. The harvest is also used or implied in these stories, and the harvest is how we see some of the results of our work together. Sometimes the results might seem small or insignificant, and sometimes the results are obvious. What God wants us to do is remain faithful as we work together, trusting that God pulls us toward God’s future together.
As we move through this fall season together, let us celebrate the harvest as we share in welcoming new members among us, as we baptize babies and welcome adult members, too. Part of the work in the vineyard is to be welcoming and provide hospitality to those who are visiting with us. Let us give thanks for the ways God has led new people into our midst, and let us all grow together in our service to and love for our neighbors.
In Christ’s service,
Pastor David M. Byerly