Winemaker's Liturgy
An Invocation:

O gracious God, who made the heavens and
earth in six days and rested on the seventh,
we are grateful for the gift of fermentation you
have given us, and for this day of rest after so
many days of toil. We ask you to bless our
work, and to bless the fruit of our efforts, that
it may bring joy and happiness to others'
lives. We ask you to remember the workers
of the vineyard and the helping hands in the
winery, to keep them safe and in good health.
We give thanks for the wonderful vocation you
have given us, and ask you to continue to
bless the work.  Amen.
A Reading From The Book of Genesis:

Noah was a righteous man, blameless in
his generation; Noah walked with God....And
God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to
them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the
earth...." Noah was the first tiller of the soil.  
He planted a vineyard; and he drank of the
The Gospel lesson from September 18th,
2005.  Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus said, "The kingdom of heaven is like a
landowner who went out early in the morning
to hire laborers for his vineyard.  After
agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily
wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When
he went out about nine o'clock, he saw
others standing idle in the marketplace; and
he said to them, 'You also go into the
vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.'  
So they wnet. When he went out again about
noon and about three o'clock, he did the
same.  And about five o'clock he went out and
found others standing around; and he said to
them, 'Why are you standing here idle all
day?'  They said to him, 'Because no one has
hired us.'  He said to them, 'You also go into
the vineyard.'  When evening came, the
owner of the vineyard said to his manager,
'Call the laborers and give them their pay,
beginning with the last and then going to the
first.'  When those hired about five o'clock
came, each of them received the usual daily
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On Sunday September 11, 2005 we took a
day of rest after five days of fermentation and
a day of pressing.  It was a day to give thanks
for our blessings. And a day to remember
victims of terrorist attacks and natural
A Reading From The Good News According
to John:

...There was a marriage at Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there; Jesus
also was invited to the marriage, with his
disciples. When the wine gave out, the
mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no
wine." ...Now six stone jars were standing
there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each
holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to
them, "Fill the jars with water." And they filled
them up to the brim.  He said to them, "Now
draw some out, and take it to the steward of
the feast."  So they took it.  When the steward
of the feast tasted the water now become
wine, and did not know where it came from
(though the servants who had drawn the
water knew), the steward of the feast called
the bridegroom and said to him, "Every man
serves the good wine first; and when men
have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you
have kept the good wine until now."  This, the
first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in
Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his
disciples believed in him.