5th Sunday of Easter – 29 Apr – John 15:1-8 ~ remain in me

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

O God, you graft us into your Son, Jesus Christ the true vine, and, with tireless care, you nurture our growth in knowledge and reverence. Tend your vineyard, that in Christ each branch may bring forth abundant fruits of faith and love to the glory of your name. Grant this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“All Things Rise” – Vineyard Worship


Gospel Reading: John 15:1-8 (NLT)

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.

Prayers of Intercession:

Gracious God, our creator and sustainer: we praise you for all the wonders you have made. Continue your good work among us and hear our prayers –

+ For all believers in Christ,  that we may never be separated from him, the true vine….
+ For all who receive communion, that we may be regularly nourished at your Table….
+ For all who persecute believers and mistreat them, that they may change their ways….
+ For a growing respect for the life of every human person, reflected in our laws….
+ For good weather and an abundant harvest for all who diligently work the land….
+ For students and teachers facing year-end exams, that results may fairly reflect ability….
+ For all whose journey in faith is over, that they may live forever in the Father’s house….

Glorious God, our creator and sustainer, we praise you for your mighty deeds: hear our prayers that we may bear much good fruit to the glory of your name, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“My Life is in Your Hands” – Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir


Blessing – 1 John 3:23-24 (NLT)

“And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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