Bulletin for December 17, 2017
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20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’
5 So they went. He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. 6 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?’ 7 ‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered. “He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’
8 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.’ 9 The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.
11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘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.’
13 But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”
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Leader: The Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.
This week’s worship.
If you are sponsoring a gift for our 2017 Angel Tree, please bring the gift along with the gift-tag unwrapped to church today (Dec. 17) OR you can bring it to ADHS Student Services directly anytime before the end of the school day on Tuesday, December 19th. If you missed out on getting an Angel Tree tag, a few more are available today in the lobby!
This year, Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday. We will have a Christmas-themed morning worship service (10:30am) complete with a couple of baby-dedications. In the afternoon (4:30pm) we will be bringing some Christmas cheer to our friends at the RRM in the evening for our regular 4th-Sunday-of-the-month dinner service. Q-Shack is catering dinner. Join us at 4:30pm for great food and Christmas fun!
New Year’s Sunday
It has been a seven-year Ekklesia tradition to not have church on the Sunday after Christmas – giving all our leaders and volunteers a true rest. We will not have a regular worship service. However, for those who can attend, we’ve been invited to participate in a special New Year’s Eve worship service with Christ Our King Community Church (COKCC) from 10pm – Midnight. Both CJ and I are not able to attend (travel), but if you are interested, COKCC would LOVE to see you! Click here and sign up to participate.