This Sunday: The Kingdom of God is Like Workers in a Field

Good Morning Friends,

Have you all recovered from Peace Playhouse/Camp? I know that it was a lot for me having everyone around the meeting house all week. Cassie and I have been trying to figure out how to hire a cook so we can have lunch like we did during peace camp every day! 😉

I want to thank everyone again for all of the work you put into last week, the great generosity that you gave is so many ways, all of the care and tenderness you showed our children, and the patience you have had in working together to pull this off. I am proud of the fact that our meeting does this every year and see that it has built relationships with people in our meeting and those out in our community and has deepened our understanding and practice of peace in the world. Even if you played a small part you can trust that your caring presence left an impression on the children here this las week. The things we do may feel like a mustard seed at times, and I’m thankful for just how significant that really is! 😉 And we even had one parent (who doesn’t attend Camas Friends) suggest we do a peace camp for adults! I think it’s a good idea too.

Finally, I’ve uploaded a few pictures to view online and Marie has printed out a couple albums that are here at the meeting house.

Are you enjoying working through some of Jesus parables? I know I sure am. I have really appreciated how you have all contributed to our collective understanding of these stories and how they intersect with our own lives as well. This week we have another good challenge.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Matthew 20:1–16)

Wondering Questions:

  • Which part of this parable do you like best?
  • Which part is the most important part for you?
  • Where are you in this story?
  • Is there any part we could leave out and still have all the story we need?

Have a great rest of the week!