Wednesday 1st April

Wednesday April 1st

1/ God is love: his the care,
tending each, ev'rywhere,
God is love, all is there!
Jesus came to show him,
that we all might know him!


Sing aloud, loud, loud!
sing aloud, loud, loud!
God is good! God is truth!
God is beauty! Praise him!


2/ None can see God above;
we can share life and love;
thus may we Godward move,
finding him in creation,
holding ev'ry nation.

[Refrain]

3/ Jesus lived on the earth,
hope and life brought to birth
and affirmed human worth,
for he came to save us
by the truth he gave us.

[Refrain]

4/ To our Lord praise we sing,
light and life, friend and King,
coming down, love to bring,
pattern for our duty,
showing God in beauty.

[Refrain]

Percy Dearmer (1867-1936)

Matthew 20. 1-16 The Labourers in the Vineyard
20‘For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire
labourers for his vineyard.  2 After agreeing with the labourers for the usual daily wage, he sent
them into his vineyard.  3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in
the market-place;  4 and he said to them, “You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you
whatever is right.” So they went.  5 When he went out again about noon and about three
o’clock, he did the same.  6 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?”  7 They said to him,
“Because no one has hired us.” He said to them, “You also go into the vineyard.”  8 When
evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, “Call the labourers and give
them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.”  9 When those hired about
five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.  10 Now when the first came,
they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily
wage.  11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner,  12 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.”  13 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?  14 Take what belongs to you
and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.  15 Am I not allowed to do what
I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?”  16 So the last
will be first, and the first will be last.’


God is love: his the care, tending each, ev'rywhere: We are living through an economic
crisis.

How many people will lose their jobs and how many companies will fail? Will the world
economy go into a depression? Pray for fairness for all. Economic justice. Wise Government.

A Coronavirus prayer – written by Kerry Weber, a Jesuit
Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global
spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through
quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from
helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no
borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal
peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend
them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and
help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your
protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true
concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to
invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they
know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or
only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place
of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.
Amen.


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