“I Am The Vine, Remain In Me!” Fifth Sunday after Easter
St. Paul's Presbyterian Church
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Online Worship Service
May 2nd, 2021
Welcome and Call to worship
- “To God Be The Glory”
- “Take My Life And Let It Be ”
Prayers of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: “All To Jesus I Surrender”
The Scripture: John 15:1-8
Sermon: “I Am The Vine, Remain In Me!”
Hymn: “You Are The Vine”
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: “Will Your Anchor Hold In The Storms Of Life”
- “Go Now In Peace”
The Sessions of St. Paul’s Winchester, St. Andrew’s, Chesterville and Morewood Presbyterian churches has decided to keep their church building closed for worship until further notice. The decision is made for the safety of the congregation and all of our families and friends. Joint Worship Services with St. Paul’s, Kemptville and Knox, Mountain will be available online every Sunday morning during the lockdown at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StPaulsPresbyterianChurchKemptville
The Annual Congregational Meeting of St. Paul’s Winchester will be held today, Sunday May 2nd at 1:00 pm Via Zoom Conferencing. The Zoom link is found in the first page of the Annual Report Booklet. The Annual Report is available for download from St. Paul’s website. If you require a printed copy, please contact Jen Feeny at 613-220-3126.
I Am The Vine, Remain In Me!
The Gospel lesson is about one of the seven “I am’s” which Jesus used in John’s Gospel to define himself. The seven are:
I am the light of the world.
I am the bread of life.
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
I am the Resurrection and the Life.
I am the Gate.
I am the Good Shepherd.
I am the true vine.
By using the metaphor of the vine, Jesus defines not only his relationship to God, but also, his relationship to his disciples.
Two main themes in the text:
1- Jesus wants to teach us through this metaphone “I am the true vine”, about the importance of remaining in Him in order we be able to “Produce the good fruit.” Being connected to Him means two things:
- Power - When we say we have connections, it means that we have access to power. Being connected to the vine means we are connected to each other through our faith in Jesus Christ.
- We are not alone, Jesus is there for us, “I am the vine you are the branches. Remain in me.” the relationship between the vine and the branches, lies in the love between Jesus and us. Without that love, we cannot accomplish the purpose of our lives which is bearing the good fruit.
2- Jesus wants to teach us through this metaphone about the importance of bearing the good fruit. In this passage we see two clues about the kind of fruit Jesus wants:
- fruit would bring glory to the Father.
- and that it would last.
It is in this context that Jesus somewhat surprisingly begins in verse 9 to speak of a command that we love one another.
Usually, the grapevine carries two kinds of branches: One that bears grapes and one that bears nothing, because they did not get enough nutrients into them from the vine that allows them to produce fruit.
And so, Jesus gives us a way to make sure we are drawing on the nutrients from the vine by saying: "This is my command: Love one another." Jesus knew that if we could do just this one commandment everything else would follow.
human branches in Christ, like the real grapevine branches, we need to work on ourselves to bear fruit:
- we need to improve skills like forgiveness.
- We need to nurture kindness and gentleness.
- We need to grow compassion in our hearts.
- We need to be students of God's Word.
Jesus said that He is the true vine, this suggests there are some things that look like vines but are not true, things that we may think they would help us, but they intend to hurt us Spiritually.
It is so important that we remain in the vine.
May the life-giving sap of Christ’s love make us all fruit bearing branches to the glory of the Father. Amen.