Please join us virtually at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church at 9am (or whenever you are able) on Sunday, October 4, 2020, for our worship of Jesus Christ!

In today’s gospel reading, Jesus tells a vineyard parable, which serves as an image of Israel, the prophets’ mission, and Christ’s death. For Christians, the vineyard also speaks of God’s love poured out in the blood of Christ, given to us for the forgiveness of sin. Grafted onto Christ the vine at baptism, we are nourished with wine and bread so that we may share Christ’s sufferings and know the power of his resurrection.

Creator God, we give you thanks for those who live in nest or tank,

in basket, kennel, bowl or shed, on sofas, perches, straw for bed.

Through them we learn of nature’s bond with all of life, in field or pond.

To you it matters not at all that they are very large or small,

or blue, or green, or patched, or pied, or feathered, furred or finned outside.

How dull if all the world was us, without a Rover, Fluff or Gus.

O loving God, we bring our praise for these who gladden all our days,

who show us gratitude indeed for milk or water, bone or seed.

They teach us how to care for those without our fingers or our toes.

Bless all the creatures who depend on us to be their special friend.

At one before you here today, we make an Eden world – and pray

a life of shelter, kindness, care, for every creature everywhere.

Colin Gibson

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