Sunday 27th September 2020
17th Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

(Alternatives: Ezekiel 18:1-4,25-32; Psalm 25:1-8)

It is easy to be critical of the people of Israel for their failure to trust God, but water is a vital commodity which we tend to take for granted until it is denied us. We might thank God today for those who provide clean safe water in our own land, and pause to recognise the blessing it is to us. We might also remember those parts of the world where there is serious drought and pray for the people themselves, along with the aid workers and relief organisations who are seeking to address their needs. We might also pray for water engineers around the world, particularly those who give their time and skills to provide water in places where it is most needed. There is an opportunity to include within the service and congregational members who work in the water industry.

The verses from Philippians are ones that we often apply to our shared life as the community of God. This reading could provide the opportunity to reflect on this in relation to our lives in the workplace and community during the week. A congregation could be invited to think about where they might be on Monday, or to travel in their mind's eye to their workplace, and to hear Paul's challenge to reflect the nature of Christ in this context.