Bible reading and Prayer Wednesday 19th August


Bible Reading and Prayer
for Wednesday 19th August 2020


Welcome to our virtual morning Bible Reading & Prayer for today.

Good morning.

Our beautiful church remains closed for the time being, as we all play our part in fighting the invisible enemy of Covid 19.

As we continue to work from home, or on the front line with our brave key workers, I hope our daily prayers and readings from the Bible, bring you hope, some comfort and sustain you during this difficult time.

Our church remains empty, but together, in a virtual world, we give thanks to our Lord and pray for those whose lives have been touched during this time.
Blessings to you and your family.


Bible Reading

Matthew 20.1-16
The Labourers in the Vineyard
‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire
labourers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent
them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the
market-place; and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is
right.” So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the
same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to
them, “Why are you standing here idle all day?” They said to him, “Because no one has hired
us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.” When evening came, the owner of the
vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give them their pay, beginning with the
last and then going to the first.” When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them
received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more;
but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled
against the landowner, saying, “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.” But he replied to one
of them, “Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I
not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am
generous?” So the last will be first, and the first will be last.’

Prayer for today

May the power of your love, O Lord, fiery and sweet as honey, so absorb our hearts as to
withdraw them from all that is under heaven. Grant that we may be ready to die for love of your
love as you died for love of our love. Amen.
Francis of Assisi (1226)