w/c 25th September
Our reading this week is Matthew 20: 1-16
Jesus Uses a Story About Farm Workers
20 “God’s kingdom is like a man who owned some land. One morning, the man went out very early to hire some people to work in his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay the workers one silver coin for working that day. Then he sent them into the vineyard to work.
3 “About nine o’clock the man went to the marketplace and saw some other people standing there. They were doing nothing. 4 So he said to them, ‘If you go and work in my field, I will pay you what your work is worth.’ 5 So they went to work in the vineyard.
“The man went out again about twelve o’clock and again at three o’clock. Both times he hired some others to work in his vineyard. 6 About five o’clock the man went to the marketplace again. He saw some other people standing there. He asked them, ‘Why did you stand here all day doing nothing?’
7 “They said, ‘No one gave us a job.’
“The man said to them, ‘Then you can go and work in my vineyard.’
8 “At the end of the day, the owner of the field said to the boss of all the workers, ‘Call the workers and pay them all. Start by paying the last people I hired. Then pay all of them, ending with the ones I hired first.’
9 “The workers who were hired at five o’clock came to get their pay. Each worker got one silver coin. 10 Then the workers who were hired first came to get their pay. They thought they would be paid more than the others. But each one of them also received one silver coin. 11 When they got their silver coin, they complained to the man who owned the land. 12 They said, ‘Those people were hired last and worked only one hour. But you paid them the same as us. And we worked hard all day in the hot sun.’
13 “But the man who owned the field said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am being fair with you. You agreed to work for one silver coin. Right? 14 So take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same pay I gave you. 15 I can do what I want with my own money. Why would you be jealous because I am generous?’
16 “So those who are last now will be first in the future. And those who are first now will be last in the future.”
Prayer for the week:
Help us to be the best that we can be,
To be wise in the worst of times,
To endure through the struggle,
Song for the Week: Forgive One Another
Mrs Newland gave all the girls stickers as they came into school on Tuesday. She also chose some helpers to come to the front. She gave them a biscuit if they were born in July and she gave them Dojo points if their name started with a vowel. We didn't think that was very fair at all!
The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
We watched a video about The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. We thought carefully about whether the farmer was being fair in the story.
We then thought about the message Jesus was trying to share in this story. He wanted people to know that God is generous, and his gift of forgiveness is available to anyone who asks for it, whether this is at the beginning of a long life or the end.
We have also been thinking about the Golden Rule in our Big Thought worship.
Questions to think about at home:
Have you worked hard at overcoming a challenge? What did you do? How did it feel when you succeeded?
Challenge: Encourage someone you know that is facing a challenge. What can you do to help them in some way or show that you care?