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Hello. Thanks to all who brought items for EK Foodbank and also for donations to help those affected by floods in Sierra Leone.

Sunday 1st October will be our Communion Service. Our next Foodbank collection will be on the 8th of October. The service on that morning will be led by our Boys' Brigade.

The next meeting of the Guild will be on 25th September and will be the Luckenbooth Folk Group. This will be an Open Evening and everyone will be made most welcome.

Our Beetle Drive will be on the 30th of September – please contact any member of the West Life Team if you would like a ticket for this fun night.  

Scripture: "But he answered one of them, 'Friend, I am not being unfair to you. Didn't you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?' Matthew 20:13-15 (NIV)

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Last Sunday was our Harvest Thanksgiving Service when we thought about farmers all over the world. That was also the theme of our prayer meeting after the service.  Jesus told a story about a landowner who was hiring men to work in his vineyard. He hired some of them early in the morning, some in the middle of the day, and some he hired just before quitting time.

When it was time to pay the workers, he paid them all the same. The workers who were hired early in the morning began to complain, "Hey! That's not fair! You paid the workers who worked only one hour the same as those of us who worked all day."

The owner of the vineyard said, "I am not being unfair to you. I paid you what I agreed to pay you. Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Are you jealous because I am generous?"

What is the point of the story that Jesus told? The point is that there are some people who trust in Jesus and serve him all the days of their life. What is their reward? Their reward is eternal life in heaven.

There are other people who live most of their life in sin. They don't serve the Lord at all. Then, just before their life comes to an end, they put their trust in Jesus and accept him as their Saviour. What is their reward? Their reward is the same as one who has served the Lord all their life -- eternal life in heaven.

Is that fair? We might not think it's fair, but if we got what was fair, none of us would go to heaven. The Bible says, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." I don't know about you, but I'm glad that God doesn't give me what is fair, but gives me his love and grace, in spite of what I deserve!

Father, we thank you for your love and grace that gives us everlasting life - in spite of what we deserve. In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen.

God bless

Laura

Laura Fleming- Session Clerk

E-mail: sessionclerk@ek-westkirk.org.uk