Sep 11, 2011

Call to Worship: Matthew 20: 1-16

Here is a call to worship written by Katherine Hawker, based on Matthew 20:1-16 (with echoes of Micah 6:8).


Already overburdened with the demands
of work and leisure, family and friends,
we come to this place in search of rest.
May we find here the strength to work for justice.
Forgiveness is elusive and anger is justified,
too often we settle for the sweet fleeting fruit of revenge.
May we find here the patience to embody mercy.
Deluded by the world in which we live
receiving power and prestige and money as just reward
missing the Spirit's call
to a life grounded in humble service.
May we find here the wisdom to walk in the Spirit.

—Copyright Katherine Hawker, 2002, and posted on her Outside the Box website. 

See also Contemporary Call to Worship: Matthew 20: 1-16 and Call to Worship: September 18, 2011. 

For more worship resources related to this text, or other texts for September 18, 2011 (the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost), click on Proper 20A in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page.

For more calls to worship, click on Calls to worship in the list of “Labels” at the lower right, or see this Call to Worship index