The Vineyard Hymn

Lectionary 25, 26, and 27 in Ordinary Time, Year A

This hymn is designed to be used on the three consecutive Sundays of autumn in lectionary year A when Matthew provides the gathered community with three vineyard parables, one each week. (Lectionary 20, 21, and 22)

The hymn may be used with one stanza and refrain for each week’s Gospel reading. The effect of adding a stanza cumulatively to reinforce the continuity of these three parables of Jesus works well, too.

Suggested Tune: Aberystwyth (ELW #601)

Stanza 1             The Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard   

                            (Matthew 20:1-16; Lectionary 20A)

Christ tells us of grape and vine,

Cultivating heart and mind.

“I give as I choose to do

To the last as unto you.”

Gracious Sower of more than seed,

Tending every human need,

Graft us to your gen’rous ways,

Nurture us through all our days.

REFRAIN:

Christ the Sower, Christ the Seed.

Christ the Harvest, Christ our Creed.

We’re but workers of the land

Placed here by your loving hand.

Christ, here teach us how to live,

Give to others as you give.

Awesome duties, sacred sod,

Holy people, holiest God.

 

Stanza 2             The Parable of the Two Sons, One Says “Yes,” the Other, “No”

                            (Matthew 21:23-32; Lectionary 21A)

Christ tells us of grape and vine,

Cultivating heart and mind.

Patient Gardener, loving Lord

Tender, nurturing, Living Word:

From our birth until we die

We equivocate and lie.

Help our thoughts, like yours, be pure.

Every word in truth secured.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFRAIN:

Christ the Sower, Christ the Seed.

Christ the Harvest, Christ our Creed.

We’re but workers of the land

Placed here by your loving hand.

Christ, here teach us how to live,

Give to others as you give.

Awesome duties, sacred sod,

Holy people, holiest God.

 

Stanza 3             The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

                            (Matthew 21:33-46; Lectionary 22A)

Christ tells us of grape and vine,

Cultivating heart and mind.

Garden sown and to us given

That on earth we might know heaven.

But instead we look in scorn

Banish Christ to nail and thorn.

As his blood for our sin flows,

From the cross, new life Christ sows.

REFRAIN:

Christ the Sower, Christ the Seed.

Christ the Harvest, Christ our Creed.

We’re but workers of the land

Placed here by your loving hand.

Christ, here teach us how to live,

Give to others as you give.

Awesome duties, sacred sod,

Holy people, holiest God.

© 2005 by Paul E. Hoffman, all rights reserved