For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Grace Church Service of the Word (18th Sunday after Trinity)

This Sunday (8 October) we gather together for worship at 10:30 am. We hope you can join us and look forward to welcoming you!

At this Harvest time of the year, our reading from Matthew’s Gospel 21:33-46, is where Jesus tells the Parable of the Tenants who are to look after an important vineyard, in hopes of inspiring the faithful to respect and welcome what God offers, and take seriously our responsibility for what God is entrusting to us. Sadly, in the story, the landowner’s son is mistreated by the tenants, and in this Jesus clearly points to what will happen shortly to him. By contrast, through this story, Jesus wants us to welcome God into our lives! Our Isaiah 5:1-7 reading also references a vineyard as a metaphor for God’s people, whom God wants to bear the good fruit of righteousness. In both passages, God is inviting us to live God’s calling, to take care of what is entrusted to us and actively help God’s work and others flourish rather than being unkind or resentful.

We will offer an activity for our youngest members during the service, and also look forward to sharing fellowship over coffee and tea afterwards.

Blessings and see you soon!


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