The Late-arriving Workers - Matthew 20:1-16
The Late-arriving Workers – Matthew 20:1-16

As September continues, we may feel like we’ve been laboring a long time in the Vineyard. I preached this text 3 years ago for my congregation and the Committee on Preparation for Ministry. I preached “The Parable of the Generous Landowner” or “The Parable of Radical Equality.” They passed it, but the all older male committee had a lot to say about their own interpretations before they let me go.

So what will you be preaching this week? The Revised Common Lectionary has the aforementioned parable along with Exodus (the Israelites in the wilderness may have some strong parallels to how we’re feeling these days). There is also Jonah and Paul. Lots to choose from. The discussion is here.

The Narrative lectionary has a glimpse of Abraham and the promise that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. It’s certainly a starting point. Where will you go with it? The Narrative Lectionary discussion is here.

How can we help? Do you have sermon questions? Need Time with the Children ideas? Does the beginning of the school year fit into your plans? Would you like to tell us about something that has gone well?

As you work on your sermon and services this week, we’ll be here. I’ll keep watch today and tomorrow and continue checking in throughout the week. Let’s do this thing.

Art from JESUS MAFA. The Late-arriving Workers, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved September 16, 2020]. Original source: (contact page:

Wendy Lamb works as a commissioned pastor in a Presbyterian Church (USA) in Southern California and teaches college English classes at a local community college. She occasionally blogs at Bookgirl.

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