“ The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone”

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Cumnor Taizé Service October 4th 2020

in these times of conflict and confusion,
we look to you,
our rock and our cornerstone to hold us safe.
Keep us secure in the knowledge of your love.   

Song – 43. Veni Lumen 

Veni Creator Spiritus. Veni lumen cordium, veni lumen cordium. 

Come Holy Spirit. 

Come creator spirit,  come. 

Come and lead us with your light 

Song – 134.       Seigneur, tu gardes mon âme.  

Ô Dieu, tu connais mon cœur. 
Conduis moi, sur le chemin d’éternité.     
Conduis moi, sur le chemin d’éternité, 

Lord, you watch over my soul.
You know my heart.
Lead me on the road to eternity. 


Jesus our joy,
you want us to have hearts that are simple,
a kind of springtime of the heart.
And then the complications of existence do not paralyse us so much.
You tell us: don’t worry;
even if you have very little faith,
I, Christ, am with you always.

Psalm 118:15-25

Shouts of joy and victory
    resound in the tents of the righteous:
“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!
16     The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
    the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”
17 I will not die but live,
    and will proclaim what the Lord has done.
18 The Lord has chastened me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;
    I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord
    through which the righteous may enter.
21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
    you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
23 the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 The Lord has done it this very day;
    let us rejoice today and be glad.

25 Lord, save us!
    Lord, grant us success!

Song 119 – Nothing can ever come between us and the love of God. 

                   The love of God revealed to us in Christ Jesus 

Matthew 21:33-43

The Parable of the Tenants

33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and moved to another place. 34 When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit.
35 “The tenants seized his servants; they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. 37 Last of all, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.
38 “But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him.
40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?”
41 “He will bring those wretches to a wretched end,” they replied, “and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.”
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“‘The stone the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this,
    and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
43 “Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.

Song – 2 – Wait for the Lord.

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near. 
                Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart.



May your peace shine among us and your love set us free, –  Lord, we pray. 

Keep us persevering in faith and set in our hearts the desire for your Kingdom…Lord, we pray. 

Guide your Church along the way of the Gospel; may your Holy Spirit keep her welcoming..

Lord, we pray. 

We pray for the leaders of the nations; may they have the will to promote justice and freedom..   Lord, we pray. 

O Christ, you have taken our weaknesses upon yourself and taken charge of our illnesses; support those who are going through trials…Lord, we pray. 

For those who work with the oppressed, with foreigners, refugees and with the lonely..

Lord, we pray. 

We entrust to you our families and friends, all who have asked for our prayers and who pray for us…Lord, we pray. 

For our country, our region (village, town…), that the Christians there may be witnesses to truth and creators of unity,      Lord, we pray.

The Lord’s Prayer 

Song 118.  In resurrectione tua Christe

In resurrectione tua Christe, cœli et terra lætentur 
Let heaven and earth rejoice in your resurrection, O Christ

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