Monday, September 12, 2005

Hymn- "The Owner of the Vineyard"

”The Owner of the Vineyard”
Tune: Munich
(LW# 355 “O Word of God Incarnate”)

The owner of the vineyard,
Hired workers in the morn,
And all throughout the work day,
He kept on hiring more.
The wage for those first working,
A fair one for the day.
The owner told the others,
A fair price he would pay.

And when those early workers,
Saw all were paid the same,
Their jealousy apparent,
The scoffing, grumbling came.
The owner called the question,
“Am I not fair to you?
With my own wealth I pay those,
As I see fit to do.”

Forgive us in your vineyard,
For greed and jealousy.
Remind us of your mercy,
Oh Lord, and let us be,
In Christ, all faithful workers,
No thoughts of the reward,
Until the work day closes,
Then call us heavenward.

© Thomas E. Chryst, 2005.

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