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Read along with Matthew 20:1-16.
In this podcast:
1. Anthem of the day: "Come, Labor On" (John Ferguson)
2. The sermon
3. Our Shawnee State University students singing "All Good Gifts" from the musical "Godspell," playing at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on campus Oct 10-14. (Bobby Gomez, solo)
Here in the real world, the fewer hours someone works, the less pay he or she receives. But in this story, the landowner knows that the daily wage isn’t likely to make anyone wealthy and for someone to go home with less than a full day’s wage might cause economic misfortune.
To the majority of workers (those hired at 9am, noon, 3pm, and 5pm), he gives more, some FAR more, than what is deserved or what is earned. What is given comes from the generosity of the landowner’s heart.
It is, in fact, a gift. A grace.