The vine and the branches 042918

John 15:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. . . . If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

From ” If we keep our life connected to Jesus, we will grow. Our life will produce beautiful leaves and delicious fruit.”

Scripture: April 29, 2018—Acts 8:26–40; 1 John 4:7–21; Psalm 22:25–31; John 15:1–8.

Collect: Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: What is your deepest desire? Jesus says that “whatever you wish . . . it will be done for you” (John 15:7). Spend time in the next days asking yourself at evermore profound levels what you most devoutly wish for in this life and the next. Then ask for it.

Image: “Laughter at Dawn” by Ainslie Roberts

Sunday School 9:15 am

Eye Candy: “Tree of life” by Robert Lentz; “Vine and branches” by Kimiyoshi Endo; “The vine and the branches” by Laura Sotka

Ear Worm: “I am the vine” by John Michael Talbot; “Remain in me, I am the vine” by Curtis Stephan; “Jesus Christ, the apple tree” sung by St. John’s Cathedral Choir, Cambridge

Brain Food:
. . . the horizon is still quite dark.
but hope is about to dawn.
The seed of salvation is sprouting,
as earth makes ready. ~Pierre Talec

Self-guided retreat by Suzanne Guthrie; “On the vine” by Stan Wilson

Movies/Videos: “The Spitfire Grill” (1996), a story of interconnectedness; “The Fisher King” (1991), “delightful story of atonement”; “The giant of thunder mountain” (1991), on being an outcase




Study guide, group activity, snacks



: young elementary: activity; bulletin games; crafts;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games; craft




Pastor Doug will lead the class on the 29th. Here’s a video about the vine and the branches.

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