The image of Israel as God's vineyard is used to express different truths.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Isaiah 5:1–7. The prophet sings about his “friend's” care for a chosen vineyard. But the vineyard has produced inedible fruit. What’s left to do? Start again. When God looked for just behavior, all that could be seen was “bloodshed” and “the outcry.”

Psalm of the Day:  Ps (79) 80
Enemies have broken into God's vineyard, the one transplanted from Egypt with such care. The psalmist calls on God to pay attention to what's going on, and to tend the vineyard God has planted.

La Viña del Señor (Taulé), Respuesta II  FYC 222
The People of God Are the Vineyard   PSL A-174/SS
The Vineyard of the Lord (Alstott)   BB
The Vineyard of the Lord (Currie/Gelineau)  WOR 943/LPGG 948
The Vineyard of the Lord (Guimont)  RS 106/GC 74/GC2 948/LPMG 139
The Vineyard of the Lord (Hunstiger)   SS
The Vineyard of the Lord (Keil)   JS 58/MI-BB
The Vineyard of the Lord (Schiavone)   JS 1026/LP 171
The Vineyard of the Lord (Smith) GP 221
The Vineyard of the Lord (Somerville)  CBW 190
The Vineyard of the Lord (Warner)   PMB 720/PRM A88/WS

Suggested Common Psalm:  Ps (33) 34

I Will Bless the Lord at All Times
Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord
Gusten y Vean

Philippians 4:6–9. No vineyard in this reading, but there is a call to pay attention to the way we live by focusing on whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, excellent, and worthy of praise. Put into practice “what you have learned and received and heard and seen” if you want God to be with you.

Matthew 21:33–43. This time the vineyard is the setting for the misbehavior of the owner's tenants, who seize and kill the owner's servants and, finally, his son. “What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?” What is the harvest that the owner is expecting from us, tenants in the vineyard?

Songs for the Liturgy

*A Single Unmatched Stone (G)  WOR 574
All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name (G)  WOR 494, 495/WC 701/GP 421/MI‑BB/LMGM 88, 89/RS 632/GC2 490/JS 482/PMB 368/WS/SS
*All That Is True (2)   PSL A-175/SS
All Who Love and Serve Your City (1,2,G)  WOR 621/GC 484
Anthem (G)  GP 578/MI‑BB 521/GC 690/GC2 681/JS 761
Before the Fruit Is Ripened by the Sun (G)  WOR 418
*Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation (G)  WOR 617/WC 746/CBW 430/RS 778/GC 662/GC2 642/JS 780/PMB 384/SS
Christ Is the World's Light (2)  WOR 543
Cup of Blessing (C)   JS 309
Dwelling Place (2)  GP 591/GC 594/GC2 582
God Is Working His Purpose Out (1,G)  WOR 507
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (1,G)  LMGM 242
I Am the Vine (G)   GP 545/WC 816/WS/MI-BB
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms (2)  LMGM 257
*Lord, All Things Are Guided Still (E)   IH 65
*Lord, Make Us Turn to You Haugen, vss 2‑3 (Ps)  RS 107/GC 75/GC2 47
Lord of All Hopefulness (2)  WOR 568/WC 799/GP 622/RS 713/GC 578/GC2 560/CBW 497/JS 690/PMB 415/MI‑BB/WS/SS
*Lord, All Things Are Guided (E)   IH 65
Make Our Lives a Prayer of Peace (2) GP 654
Make Your Home in Me (G) PMB 400/WC 786
Now We Remain (1,2,G)  WC 640/MI‑BB/RS 813/GC 694/GC2 696/WS/SS
*O Christ the Great Foundation (G)  WOR 618/RS 781, 782/GC2 646/CBW 527/SS
O God, Empower Us (2)  WOR 642
One Bread, One Body (C)    GP 499/WC 649/JS 820/GC 830/GC2 813/MI‑BB/RS 915/WS
Peace with the Father (2)  WOR 660
Prayer of Peace (2)  GC 729/GC2 720/SS
Prayer of St. Francis (2) WC 860/MI‑BB/RS 830/GC 726/GC2 721/JS 738/GP 650/PMB 459/WS
Renew Your People (2)  RS 786
Stewards of Earth (1,G)  WC 936/CBW 634/PMB 509/WS/SS
The Church's One Foundation (G)  WC 743/CBW 526/GP 573/MI‑BB/GC 661/JS 779/PMB 385/WS/SS
*The Peace of God (2)   GC2 719
Unless a Grain of Wheat (G)  MI‑BB/RS 804/GC 697/GC2 699/JS 760, 802/GP 579/SS
We Have Been Told (1,Ps,G)  WC 812/MI‑BB/RS 815/GC 699/GC2 694/WS/SS
*We Praise You -- Dameans, v 3 (Ps)  GP 677/MI‑BB/RS 694/GC 541/GC2 540/CBW 633/JS 626
We Remember (G)  WC 653/MI‑BB/RS 724/GC 593/GC2 578/WS/SS
We Will Drink the Cup (2)  GC 709
What Is This Place (2)  MI‑BB/WOR 709/GP 538/RS 892/GC 748/GC2 736/JS 799
*You Have Given Everything Its Place (E)   PSL A-179/SS


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  

Cibavit eos (SATB)

Byrd, William

J. & W. Chester (JWC 55103)


Gaelic Blessing, A (SATB)

Rutter, John

Hinshaw (RSCM 501)


My Friend Had a Vineyard (2-part mixed)

Felciano, Richard

E. C. Schirmer (2803)

Paradise SATB Lovelace Selah 418-621 G
Peace of God, The (SATB)
Rutter, John
Oxford (E157)
Peace of God, The (SATB)
Scott, K. Lee
Concordia (98-3289)
Rejoice in the Lord Always (SATB)
Purcell, Henry
E.C. Schirmer (1101)
Rejoice in the Lord Always (SAB or SB)
Martinson, Joel
GIA (G-4450)

Rendez a Dieu (SATB)

Goudimel, Claude/Heider, Anne

GIA (G-2725)

Think on These Things (Unison)
Burton, Daniel
Shawnee (F 5015)
Think on These Things (SATB)
Mueller, Carl F.
Carl Fischer (CM 6711)
Think on These Things (SATB)
Wilson, John
Hope (A-523)
Think on These Things (SATB)
Wills, Arthur
RSCM (Anthems from Addington)
Thou Art Great (SATB) Wesley, Samuel S. Hinshaw (HMC-506) 2
Turn to Us Again, O Lord God of Hosts (SATB) Wyatt, Noel Flammer (84702) PS