Pastor’s Weekly E-Mail Message – October 5, 2014

Harvest Home!  Harvest Home!   Harvest Home!   This Sunday, October 5

Bring non perishable food – meats, fruits, vegetables, rice, etc.  Especially needed are canned tuna, low sodium soup, and low sugar foods, as clients at the Food Pantries have dietary/health restrictions.  Don’t forget to put a special, generous $$$ offering in your “Harvest Home” offering from your envelope box.

At worship on October 5, Jesus tells another provocative parable – a parable about a landowners, his vineyard, and this tenants who worked the vineyard (Matthew 21:33-46).  When it came time for the tenants to account for their produce to the landowner, they beat one of the landowner’s slaves sent to collect, killed another, and stoned another.  The landowner sent more slaves to collect what was rightfully his, and the tenants continued to mistreat and kill them.  Finally, the landowner sent his son, believing the tenants would surely respect his son.  But they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.  Come to worship this Sunday to learn the end of the parable and its significance for our lives.  Could it be that we are a vineyard harvested by God?

Durham Community Day is next Saturday, December 11, from 1-5 PM on the lawn by the Old Mill.  ELC of Durham will have 2 tables at the event, intended to be a point of contact with our neighbors and a chance to share our ministry with them.  Come and look for us on the 11th!  And if you’d like to volunteer an hour or 2 at our tables, just let me know.

CROP Walk draws closer – Sunday, October 19th, beginning at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Riegelsville for registration at 12:30, with the walk up and down the Delaware River Towpath to begin at 1 PM.  Men, women, youth, and children will be walking.  Get your pledge sheet and collection envelope at church, or register online at  If you can’t walk, you can donate online!  All raised will benefit hungry people around the world, including our local food pantries and the local Meals on Wheels.

 Matthew 21:33-46 – The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

33 ‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country.34When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37Finally he sent his son to them, saying, “They will respect my son.” 38But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.” 39So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ 41They said to him, ‘He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.’

42 Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures:
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
this was the Lord’s doing,
and it is amazing in our eyes”?
43Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. 44The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.’

45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet.


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