World Communion Sunday — October 1, 2017
Growing up on a dairy farm was work. Hard work. You worked when the temperatures and the humidity were high and sweat ran into your eyeballs. You worked when the temperatures were low and the wind froze your snot. But you did it, because there was work to do. If you didn’t do it, who was going to do it?
The father in our Gospel today asked his sons to go work in the vineyard. One said yes, but didn’t go to work. The other said no, but eventually went. The father knew there was work to do; someone needed to do the work. So he called his sons to tend the vines.
We have work to do . . . in our churches, in our communities, in our world. It’s intimidating. There is a lot of work and it’s hard work. There are some who would rather say no, but eventually see that the work needs to be done. Still there are others who say yes, but decide the actual physical part of the work is too much!
However, the beauty of today is that we can remember we are not alone! Today of all days we can remember that there are many sons and daughters who have been called to work in the vineyards of our great God. We don’t go to the fields alone. We go with each other, and most importantly we go with God.
The communion table is the best place to start before going on our way—the place where we remember Christ and the sacrifice made for us. The hope that is given to us. The place where we are made ready for the task at hand. World Communion is the day to remember we are not alone in the vineyards, doing the hard work for Christ.
Sayward Lippincott, pastor, First Moravian Church, York, Pennsylvania