An undeniable aspect of what it means to live in a post-resurrection world is that we are invited to an intimate spiritual relationship with Christ. Jesus promises that those who root themselves deeply in “the vine” of the Spirit will “bear much fruit,” meaning that they will be personally nourished and able to be effective incarnations of Christ in the world. Our message, Connected!, will come from John 15:1-8. Our worship celebration will also include the sharing of Holy Communion.
John 15:1-8 (NRSV)
1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”