My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones and planted it with choice vines…he expected it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. [Isaiah 5:1b-2]
Restore us, O God of Hosts…you have brought a vine out of Egypt…You prepared the ground for it…look down from heaven; behold and tend this vine, preserve what your right hand has planted. [Psalm 80:7a, 9a, 14b]
…in order that I may gain Christ and be found it him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteous from God based on faith. [Philippians 3:8b-9]
LET US, GOD’S PEOPLE, PRAY
Leader: ~ Beloved God, our Master Planter, we, Your humble tenants, often lose sight of our temporal presence on this fragile Earth, our island home. As we strive to accumulate more, our actions seem to show that we value the gifts of Your hands ever less. Grant us the care and consciousness to recognize our call to produce the good fruits of Your kingdom and give to others as You have given to us.
~ Beloved God, our Master Planter, in Your mercy, enfold those wracked with pain of disease, the anxiety of mental illness, and the throes of addiction. Grant extra energy and compassion to all of their care-givers. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ Beloved God, our Master Planter, lighten the burden of those whose hearts are heavy with grief. Give us the peace to replace dirges with comfort in knowing that those we love are welcomed into the glory of You, our Living, Loving God. We pray especially for: add your own petitions
~ Beloved God, our Master Planter, we pause in this moment to offer You our other heartfelt intentions and petitions, silently or aloud…
The Celebrant adds: O God in Christ Jesus, You are the Cornerstone of our life and faith. Grant us the courage to live the life You have given us to live, by working consciously and continuously in whatever ways we have, toward the abundance in health and spirit for all. We make our humble supplication to the Son who was slain yet lives again, and the Spirit who breathes holy life into our souls, together with You, as one God, in the timelessness of Your Eternal Kingdom. Amen.