Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the 15th Sunday after Trinity – 20/09/2020 – Proper 20

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


Opening prayer

Lord God,

we all belong to your kingdom

and we bring our different lives and experiences

to worship you today, the true and living God.


Psalm 105: 37-45

He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,

and from among their tribes no one faltered.

Egypt was glad when they left,

because dread of Israel had fallen on them.

He spread out a cloud as a covering,

and a fire to give light at night.

They asked, and he brought them quail;

he fed them well with the bread of heaven.

He opened the rock, and water gushed out;

it flowed like a river in the desert.

For he remembered his holy promise

given to his servant Abraham.

He brought out his people with rejoicing,

his chosen ones with shouts of joy;

he gave them the lands of the nations,

and they fell heir to what others had toiled for—

that they might keep his precepts

and observe his laws.

Praise the LORD.


Our Bible reading is Matthew 20: 1-16

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

“So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Thought for the day by Revd Arif Anees. Please click the link below;


God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit

upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:

grant that your people may be fervent

in the fellowship of the Gospel

that, always abiding in you,

they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;

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.


Prayers of intercession

Eternal, ever-living, ever-present God,

in the struggles and joys of this day, we pray:

for those who are overburdened, weighed down, demoralised,

fearful or desolate because of what life has thrown at them…

For those engulfed in pain and anguish, facing illness and death…

For those troubled in mind and spirit, who find no peace or calm…

For those alone and lonely, without friend or comfort…

For those frightened and bewildered, who see no direction

or purpose in their lives…

Eternal, ever-living God,

bless them all in this and every hour,

in this and every step of life’s journey.

Lord, in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

In a moment of silence, we will bring before God people, places and situations that we carry in our hearts…

(Silence is kept for few moments)

Lord, in your mercy…

Hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ who reigns with you in the unity of Holy Spirit,


Sending prayer

Lord, give us a way to go,

a path to follow,

a purpose to fulfil

and meaning to our deeds.


Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.


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