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Feast and Faith: Generosity and Fairness, Ages 11-18 (9/24/17)

For this week’s dinner discussion, we are looking at unexpected generosity and fairness. Below is a prayer with which to start your meal and then discussion questions to explore this topic with your family while you eat.

Prayer -  Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side. We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the example of his life and his death, through which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.  Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may known him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

Adapted from the Book of Common Prayer, page 836

Discussion – Matthew 20:1-16 shows us a vineyard owner who pays all of the workers an equal wage, no matter how many hours they worked. He wasn’t cheating the one who had worked all day because he paid them what he had promised them. But he was being very generous to those who had come along later.

Questions

  1. Describe something unfair that has happened recently at home or at school.
  2. How do you feel when you have been treated unfairly? Do you feel angry? Hurt?
  3. What makes an act fair or unfair?
  4. How do you feel about the vineyard owner and what he did?
  5. How do you feel about the workers who only worked a small portion of the day? Did they deserve their pay? Why or why not?

Final nugget – This parable represents God’s relationship with us. When we come to God, he gives us good work that needs to be done. God calls to each of us and invites us to come to Him. Some of us come sooner than others but that doesn’t make God any less generous. In the end, God rewards each of us. The most generous gift that God gives us is that of salvation.