“Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” (Matthew 21:33-41)
Holy Spirit, please help all the bishops and deputies attending the General Convention take this parable and Jesus’ words to heart and yield up the fruit of righteousness.
Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” (Matthew 21:42-44)
Jesus, please help the leaders and teachers of the Episcopal Church read and hear what the Scriptures are saying to them. If they will not repent, then take their office from them and give it to another. (See Acts 1:15-26)
Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet. (Matthew 21:45-46)
Father, please give the chief priests of the Episcopal Church a hear t submit themselves to Jesus. Their hearts are so filled with fear of what is politically correct. Set them free to follow Jesus. Let this truly be an Independence Day for them.
Wednesday: 119:145-176 * 128, 129, 130; Num. 22:41-23:12: Rom. 7:13-25: Matt. 21:33-46
Thursday: 131, 132,  * 134, 135; Num. 23:11-26: Rom. 8:1-11: Matt. 22:1-14
Notes from the Front Line
Prayers for the Church (pages 816-17, BCP)
7. For the Church
Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen.
10. For the Diocese
O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishops Bill, Dan and David, and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
***** Remember the cost of your freedom.