Cycle B

Good News B24

Fifth Sunday of Easter

 

John 15:1-8 New American Bible

John 15:1-8 Bible Gateway New International Version

 

I am the vine, you are the branches.

 

An idea for craft for intertwining grape vines like Christians intertwining.

Reasons for Pruning.

 

Imagine what a big vine it is that God has in Jesus Christ and his followers.

There are almost 2 billion followers of Jesus Christ in the world. This vine would probably encircle the world a few times by now. In the middle of winter when the grape vine is not growing, the vine grower prunes away the old growth down to a couple of leaves and buds. Each year you cut away the main growth and go back to a few buds and throw away the old pieces of woody vine. Now any of this vine that is cut off will not bear fruit. It is not a part of the vine any more.

Think of Jesus as the vine. If you do not bear fruit of Gods love, you will be cut away from Jesus. The closer you stay to Jesus and the more of Gods love you produce, then you will be able to do many things in his name. If you do not remain in Jesus Christ and he in you, you will be cut off and thrown out. Your branches will die because they dont have the food that Jesus brings to it through the vine. People will gather these thrown off branches and burn them. If you remain close to Jesus Christ, your branches will have life and produce many disciples to follow the word of the Lord. If you see anyone straying from the vine, pray for them. Tell them that all of us on earth need them and that God loves them very much.

Every time you eat a juicy grape, thank God for giving you strong roots and food to keep you growing. Thank God for the water of baptism that keeps the evil diseases away from your soul. Thank God for the waters of forgiveness Jesus sends through your body and soul. At the end of your time, when God is collecting his grapes, you will be chosen for heaven.

God wants you to grow strong in his ways. He wants you to share with others. He wants you to love others as he has loved you. Sing joyfully the song, By Our Love. Click to hear me singing By Our Love 1.wav. The words follow:

By Our Love

We are one in the Spirit.
We are one in the Lord.
We are one in the Spirit.
We are one in the Lord.
And we pray that all unity
May one day be restored.

And they'll know we are Christians
By our love, By our love.
Yes, they'll know we are Christians
By our love.

We will walk with each other.
We will walk side by side.
We will walk with each other.
We will walk side by side.
We will guard all mans dignity
And save all mans pride

And they'll know we are Christians
By our love, By our love.
Yes, they'll know we are Christians
By our love.

Well give praise to the Father
From whom all good things come,
Well give praise to Christ Jesus
His only son.

Well give praise to the Spirit
For he makes us all one!

And they'll know we are Christians
By our love, By our love.
Yes, they'll know we are Christians
By our love.

Now say the Our Father and ask God to help you stay ever close to the vine, Jesus Christ, his Son, our Lord.

 

Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

 

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