The Collects and Readings for Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity,
God, who in generous
mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy
one God, now and for ever.
When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said
he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.
4But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2He prayed
to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish
at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and
ready to relent from punishing. 3And now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.'
4And the Lord said, ‘Is it right for you to be angry?' 5Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the
city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.
6 The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort;
so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush,
so that it withered. 8When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that
he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, ‘It is better for me to die than to live.'
9 But God said
to Jonah, ‘Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?' And he said, ‘Yes, angry enough to die.' 10Then
the Lord said, ‘You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labour and which you did not grow; it came into
being in a night and perished in a night. 11And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are
more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?'
21For to me, living is Christ
and dying is gain. 22If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23I
am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24but to remain in the
flesh is more necessary for you. 25Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for
your progress and joy in faith, 26so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.
27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent
and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith
of the gospel, 28and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your
salvation. And this is God's doing. 29For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ,
but of suffering for him as well- 30since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
1‘For the kingdom of heaven
is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard. 2After agreeing with the labourers
for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing
idle in the market-place; 4and he said to them, "You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right."
So they went. 5When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. 6And 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?" 7They
said to him, "Because no one has hired us." He said to them, "You also go into the vineyard." 8When 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." 9When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily
wage. 10Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.
11And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12saying, "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." 13But he replied to one of them,
"Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14Take what belongs to you and
go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?
Or are you envious because I am generous?" 16So the last will be first, and the first will be last.'
Post Communion Collect:
Keep, O Lord, your Church, with your perpetual mercy;
and, because without you our human frailty cannot but fall, keep us ever by your help from all things hurtful,
us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers - we have been asked to remember in our prayers:
David Aked-Walker, Father Mike, Katie Hakin, Carole Harrington, Diane Jones, Rev'd
John Knight, Philip Le Roux,
Sylvia Reynolds and James Wagstaffe.