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October, Grimani Breviary, 1490-1510
The wicked tenants
In the first century, if a landowner didn't have an heir, the land became the property of the tenants. So instead of showing the landowner's son his due respect, the tenants decide to kill him so the land will become theirs.
Jesus is prophesying about His own death at the hands of the Jewish religious leaders.
And even though His death will make a way for the forgiveness of humankind, there will be a reckoning for this disobedient people and generation.
They are rejecting the One who will become the cornerstone of God's kingdom. Jesus' warning is that the vineyard would be taken from those who refuse to submit to God and given to those who would. The implication is that God's vineyard was being opened to the Gentiles—and anyone who would submit themselves to the Jesus, the cornerstone.
Although the chief priests and Pharisees understood Jesus’ words, their response was to look for a way to arrest Jesus. They weren't concerned about pleasing God. Their only concern was how their actions would be perceived by the crowds who supported Him.
There were two funerals at St Andrew’s this week. We offer our condolences and prayers for the families 0f
Alan John Humphris and Robin Anthony (Tony) Satchell
May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Beautiful sunny days brought many to the church grounds this week, lots of boys (40) on bikes enjoying the end of the school holidays in the sunshine.
Some strong winds too which have damaged some of our trees and some tree lopping is required to ensure the safety of those on the parish site.
An edict from the Archbishop allowing gardening in church grounds was met with delight by Gail Quilliam and she returned to immediately to work in the Memorial Garden. Many thanks to her for her dedication to this task. If you listen carefully to Tim’s readings in this week’s video Eucharist, you can hear Gail clipping in the background, with Tim competing this week with a large crow at the end of the Epistle.
Our financial year has finished and we are in the process of thinking about the Annual Report and how truncated it might be as we have been shut down for so long. Angela Alomes will be in touch with those who kindly contribute to that report in due course. A reminder that our Parish Annual Meeting will be on Saturday 28 November at 11am via the Zoom app. details to come.
This week at St Andrew’s:
10am - : Mattins : (in English) [join here]
11am – Bi-lingual service [join here]
Anytime – Video Eucharist [watch]
10am – Morning Prayer (in Chinese) [join here]
10.30am – Chat with the Vicar and friends [join here]
10am – Bible study (in English) ‘The ‘I AM’ statements in St John’s Gospel’ [join here]