Sunday of Easter
"Abide 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." John 15:4
Texts & Discussion:
John 14:15-21 or:
Suffering for Christ
Promise of the Advocate
O Creator and mighty God,
You have promised strength for the weak,
rest for the laborers, light for the way,
grace for the trials, help from above,
unfailing sympathy, undying love.
O Creator and mighty God,
help us to continue in your promise. Amen.
Athens to America, Acts
Rev. Richard Gehring
The Prince of Love, John 14:15-21
When in Athens,
by Rev. Randy L Quinn
by Richard Gehring
Cleansing and Renewal,
1 Peter 3:13-22
by Rev. Randy Quinn
& Culture, Acts 17:22-31
by Rev. Thomas N. Hall
Do Less, Be
John 15: 1-8
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
. . . Its no wonder that people live in such a state of anxiety and stress. The demands
on us to perform, to adapt, to "get more results" are wearing us down.
One of the reasons I come to church is because I experience church as a sanctuary from
a world gone mad with production and instant everything! I come to worship and find rest
and inner peace from the stress and craziness. I view church as a rock of peace and as an
anchor in the midst of a changing world.
But this morning I come to church and hear Jesus talk about bearing much fruit. Can you
blame me for being a little irritated by that?
Then it occurs to me that, perhaps, I need to be a little more trusting in Gods
word. Maybe there is more in this bible text than meets the eye initially. What does Jesus
actually mean by bearing much fruit? How does he say I can get to a point of bearing much
According to Murrays commentary one thing we may notice about Jesus words
is "the difference between work and fruit. A machine can do work; only life can bear
fruit . . . Work implies effort and labor; the essential idea of fruit is that it is the
silent, natural, restful produce of our inner life." 
So when Jesus talks about fruit he doesnt mean performance? He doesnt mean
producing, producing, producing? When Jesus talks about fruit, he is not talking about the
gardener who performs duties, but rather the plant that is cared for. As Murray continues:
The gardener may labor to give his apple tree the digging and manuring, the watering
and the pruning it needs; he can do nothing to produce the apple: The tree bears its own
Fruit grows naturally, the branch does not do anything to produce the fruit; it is
genetically predetermined to bear fruit when . . . it remains connected to the tree or
vine and gets the necessary nutrients....
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