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The Rev. Canon Bahman Kalantari


Thursday, April 12th

Opening Hymn: 

In the Name of God: Abba our Protector, Christ Jesus our Saviour, and the Spirit our Defender.

 

O Lord, open our lips

and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

May Christ the daystar dawn in our hearts

and triumph over the shades of night.

                                                                         

 

The Invitatory

Jesus Christ summons us

to answer God’s call of mercy.

Christ gathers us and gives us power

to be healed and to heal,

to be forgiven and to forgive,

to be freed from sin and to set others free,

to tell one another and the world:

God’s presence is at hand.

Let us worship God.

 

 

Preparation

Holy God, creator of the universe, author of faith itself,

infuse your people with trust

so that as you have given life to your people

throughout the ages,

we too might know the true healing that comes

from your steadfast word,

through Christ Jesus, our Savior. Amen.

 

 

Hymn: 

Today’s Gospel

Matthew 21:33-46

The Parable of the Tenants

“Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.

 

“The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

 

“But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.

 

“Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”

 

“He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”

 

Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:

 

“‘The stone the builders rejected

    has become the cornerstone;

the Lord has done this,

    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

 

“Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. Anyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.”

 

When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard Jesus’ parables, they knew he was talking about them. They looked for a way to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowd because the people held that he was a prophet.

The Word of the Lord

 

 

Statement of Faith  (Colossians 1:15-20)

The Son is the image of the invisible God,
       the one who is first over all creation,

Because all things were created by him:
       both in the heavens and on the earth,
       the things that are visible and the things that are invisible.
           Whether they are thrones or powers,
           or rulers or authorities,
       all things were created through him and for him.

He existed before all things,
       and all things are held together in him.

He is the head of the body, the church,
who is the beginning,
       the one who is firstborn from among the dead
       so that he might occupy the first place in everything.

Because all the fullness of God was pleased to live in him,
       and he reconciled all things to himself through him—
       whether things on earth or in the heavens.
           He brought peace through the blood of his cross.

 

 

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
   hallowed be thy Name,
   thy kingdom come,
   thy will be done,
       on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
   as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
   but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
   for ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Prayers of Intercession

God calls us to offer up the world’s concerns

in petition for others.

Let us therefore pray for the church, the world,

and those in need, saying,

Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

Blessed are you, sovereign God:

you do not abandon what you have created

but continue to make your grace known among us.

We thank you for those you have chosen

to speak your reconciling word in this age,

and we pray for the faith to receive it.

Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

Blessed are you, caring God:

you hear the cries of the poor,

you see the tears in the eyes of all who mourn,

you know the pain of those in anguish,

and you come to the side of the lonely.

Call your church to compassion and service.

Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

Blessed are you, God of peace:

you call us to make warfare cease

and to place our trust in the One who bears us up.

Give comfort and courage to all refugees.

Raise up peacemakers among all peoples

and confound those who place their fortunes in weapons.

Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

Blessed One, turn us to your ways.

Make us bold.

Increase our passion for what is good.

Hear us, O God; your mercy is great.

Into your hands we place the welfare of all
for whom we pray. We trust in your mercy;

through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

 

Closing Hymn: 

Closing Prayer

The Lord bless us and keep us. The Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us. The Lord look upon us with favor and grant us peace. Amen.

Postlude :

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