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Jesus told this parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with his workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard to begin their work. Going out at about the third hour he spotted people standing idle, so he hired them, telling them that they would get a fair wage and to go to his vineyard to begin their work. This went on all day – every time he went out he found more and more people standing around, available and willing to work, and sent them to work in his vineyard. At the end of the day he called his foreman to give them their wages, starting with those who joined the workforce last. To each he gave the agreed wage: one denarius. When it was time for the workers who had come first and had been in the field all day, he gave them the agreed wage of one denarius. They took it but grumbled, “The men who came last have only done one hour of work, and yet have been given the same wage as we have been given!” The landowner said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on your wage? I choose to pay the last-comer as much as I pay you. Why be envious because I am generous?” Matthew 20:1-16
This story does at first sound a little unfair. Surely, those who had worked all day long deserved more wages than the men who worked for only one hour at the end of the day? It is one of those stories which remind us that God does not think in the same way that we think: the prophet Isaiah tells us that, “The heavens are as high above earth as God’s thoughts are above our thoughts.” It would be foolish to think that we will ever understand the vast intelligence and wisdom of God, BUT this story can tell us some important things about God. Firstly, it tells us that God never goes back on his word. Never! He stuck to his agreement with his workers: he didn’t change anything that they had agreed. That must give us faith: if God tells us something, then we can know that it is correct and that God won’t change it. How often we are let down by someone: they tell us one thing, but are thinking another; they say they’ll do something, but then they don’t. God is honest and sticks to his promises. Secondly, whilst at first glance this seems to be about God being a bit mean with those who came first, it is in fact about how very generous he is: he wants everyone to have the same amount of joy and happiness in heaven as a reward for doing his work, whether we have done it all our lives or whether we have discovered God in the last few years, months, weeks or even days of our life. God wants us all to have an equal share of joy and happiness in heaven, once we have finished our work for him here on this earth. In this story he is encouraging us not to be envious, but to join him in generosity.
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The good thief reminds us of our true condition before God: we are his children and he comes to meet us, having compassion on us. There is no person, however bad he may have been in his life, to whom God denies his grace if he repents.
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Roke Lane and parking - Take Care
Please, please can we remind parents to drive carefully along Roke Lane and the surrounding areas. There are other families walking to and from local schools at drop off and pick up. We also like to remind you not to double park in the school car park. Thank you.
Pre-Prep children in the car park
Please can Pre-Prep parents ensure that they accompany their child around the edge of the lower playground, cross over in front of the arch and then walk inside the barrier around the edge of the Chapel. Thank you.
Reminder to download your Engage App
Double First has developed and released a mobile app for the Parent Portal. It enables quick and secure access to vital information and we hope it has all the information you require on your mobile device. Please note that it is a pared down version of the portal but more functionality will be added in coming months.
The app is available to download from the Google Play Store and Apple Store. Once downloaded on your device open the app and input the school code 6BypJfdaY1 on the welcome screen. Enter your account with the same User name (your email address) and Password that you use for the Parent Portal. Once the app is installed then please ensure that in device settings notifications are turned on for the Engage App.
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