The Vineyard Workers

    Nov 2, 2021 | by Tom Harrison

    Remember we gain an extra hour of sleep this Sunday – we’ve earned it! Daylight Savings ends this Saturday. Don't forget to set your clocks back.

    On behalf of all the pastors, I would like to thank you for your kindness during October's Pastor Appreciation Month. It is our privilege to serve such a gracious and generous congregation.

    Sunday was very special for me, personally. Thank you for giving to Asbury Theological Seminary, too. Those gifts are the best birthday presents I could receive.  

    The expressions of generosity on Saturday with “Harvest Hayday” were also wonderful. It was estimated that 5,000 people come by to get candy. It was so much fun. Thank you to all who loved our neighbors (and especially the kids). 

    You will be mailed a stewardship booklet we produced. Even though giving is contrary to the spirit of grabbing, generosity is the Spirit of Jesus. November 14 is our commitment Sunday. We ask for you to complete the commitment card and bring it to church for what you anticipate your 2022 financial gifts to the Lord through Asbury will be.

    Jesus often told counter-intuitive stories. The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (last Sunday) is followed by “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” this Sunday. This is another troubling story. Why would Jesus tell such a tale? The manager seems to either be incompetent or to be a crook.

    We want to learn generosity, too. It is something we must be taught. Few of us are generous on our own. One of the best ways we can learn generosity is to automate our giving. 

    Here are our readings for this week:

    Monday: Matthew 21:28-32
    Tuesday: Luke 14:11-32
    Wednesday: Luke 23:32-43
    Thursday: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
    Friday: Galatians 6:6-10
    Saturday: James 1:14-18
    Sunday: Luke 16:1-13 

    See you Sunday,

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Pastor

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