March 5

Laborers in the Vineyard

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Matthew 20:1-16


The parable of the laborers in the vineyard and the equal pay they are given.

Prayer of Confession

God of Incalculable Grace,
in this world of ours, we behave as if everything good must be earned –
we strive to get ahead of one another;
we work hard and expect to reap the rewards;
we compete and compare –
judging our own value, and the value of others,
by numbers, things, dollars, and cents.
In the world as you have dreamed it, this is not so.
Your goodness defies our metrics.
Your love can never be earned.
Your grace is freely given.
Forgive us our backwardness and brokenness.
Set us free from the patterns of this world,
that we might live as citizens
of the just and generous commonwealth of heaven.

Congregational Song Suggestions

“A Spendthrift Lover Is the Lord”

CP 177

“At the Table, All Are Equal”

by David Bjorlin

Available from Unbound at

“Christ Calls to Me”

by Adam M. L. Tice

Available from Stars Like Grace at

“For the Fruit of All Creation”

ELW 679, GTG 36, VT 124

Available from Unbound at

“God Calls You Good”

VT 172

“God’s Love is Boundless”

by Adam M. L. Tice

Available from Unbound at

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

GTG 39, VT 419

Available from Unbound at

“How Much Am I Worth?”

by Colin Gibson (Hope Publishing)

Let No Ambition Rule Our Hearts

by Chris Shelton

Available from Unbound at

The Love of God

VT 162

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy


Till All the Jails Are Empty (God Has Work for Us To Do)

by Carl Daw & Mark Miller

(Roll Down, Justice, Choristers Guild, 2015

Beyond the Hymnal

 “Seasons of Love”

from the musical RENT, by Jonathan Larson