1615 Brantley Rd.
Kannapolis, NC 28083
September 20, 2020 
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son +, and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19)
C: Amen.

P: Let us pray.
C: Steadfast God, you are slow to anger and your mercy endures forever. We all stand in your presence as beggars, completely undeserving of your mercy and grace. Awaken in us such a sense of gratitude that our own lives may reflect your overflowing generosity; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

P:  Truly, I say to you, all who commit sin are slaves to sin. The slave does not continue in the house forever; the son continues forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. 
~Silence for self-reflection and examination~
P:  Most merciful God,
C:  We confess that we are slaves to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. On account of your great mercy, through your Son Jesus Christ, we pray that you would free us from ourselves, so that we may trust in your promise and obey your commandments, to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
P: In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for you, and for his sake, God forgives you all your sins. He has loosed our bonds of sin and death, and has made us his children — heirs of eternal life. For freedom Christ has set us free, let us not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 
C:  Amen.

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace from above,
and for our salvation,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For the peace of the whole world,
for the well-being of the Church of God,
and for the unity of all,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
For this holy house,
and for all who offer here their worship and praise,
let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.
Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

HYMN OF PRAISE      "Where Charity and Love Prevail"          LBW 126

GOSPEL READING                                                                        Matthew 20:1-16

1{Jesus said,} “For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ 5So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16So the last will be first, and the first last.”

C: I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

P: Heavenly Father, you have called us from among the peoples and nations of the world to be your own and to serve you with our lives. We pray that you would keep us steadfast in faith.  May we sing your praises and confess Christ as Lord to all we meet so they would know your mercy and grace. Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer.
P: O Lord, source of all good things, make us respond to those around us with the same generosity that you have first shown to us. May we put our complete trust in you alone knowing that you will take care of our every need which allows us to be abundantly and extravagantly generous to others in your name. Lord in your mercy.
C: Hear our prayer.
P: Heavenly Father, pour out the healing grace of your presence on all those who are sick and suffering, [particularly ….] Restore wounded lives, hearts, and bodies through the holy anointing of your Spirit. Remind those who seek you that you are always present and are even closer to them than they can possible imagine. Lord in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.
P: God of all strength, grant your power and mercy to all those who suffer for the faith around the world. In the face of persecution, violence, and threats give your people courage and a deep abiding sense of your protective presence. Let all our lives bear witness to your goodness, that others would see Christ through us and come to know your grace. Lord in your mercy,
C: Hear our prayer.

P: The Lord Bless you and keep you,
The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious
to you;
The Lord place His spirit upon you and give you peace.
C: Amen.
10:00 AMSunday Service w/Holy Communion