September 24 Worship & Bulletin

Readings for the Day:


Jonah 3:10-4:11:  After Jonah’s short sermon in 3:4, the Ninevites all repented and God decided to spare the city.   Jonah objected to this and became even more angry when God ordered a worm to destroy a plant that was providing shade.  The book ends with a question that challenges any who re not ready to forgive: You Jonah, are all worked up about a bush, but shouldn’t I be concerned about a hundred and twenty thousand Ninevites?

Philippians 1:21-30:  Paul writes to the Philippians from prison.  Though he is uncertain about the outcome of his imprisonment, he is committed to the ministry of the gospel and calls on the Philippians to live lives that reflect and enhance the gospel mission.


Matthew 20:1-16:  Jesus tells a parable about God’s generosity, challenging the common assumption that God rewards people according to what they have earned or deserve.


 ‘From Sunday & Seasons, copyright 2023 Augsburg Fortress’

Questions To Ponder:

1— What does the text from Jonah teach us about grace? (Jonah 3:10-4:11)


2—How do you live in a manner worthy of the gospel? (Philippians 1:27)


3—Who do you understand this parable? (Matthew 20:1-16)

 4—How do these texts speak to you today?

Prayer:  Almighty and eternal God, you show perpetual lovingkindness to us your servants.  Because we cannot rely on our own abilities, grant us your merciful judgment, and train us to embody the generosity of your Son.  Amen.