Please read John 15:1-8
Jesus said, "I am the vine and you are the branches… Abide in me as I abide in you.”
We come to reaffirm and renew our connection with the life-giving Vine.
Jesus said, "I appointed you to go and bear fruit… fruit that will last.”
We want to be fruitful, productive people whose lives make a difference.
Jesus said, "This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.”
Christ, you are the Vine. We are the branches. We will bear your fruit. We will abide in your love and share it!
How wondrous is your great forgiving love, mighty God. How wondrous is your life-giving power. With joy we revel in the glow of the sun this day, and we wonder at the life everlasting that you have opened for us in raising Jesus from the dead.
As people born of his spirit, we are awakened to a world that is caught still in the night-shades of sin, and broken by its suffering. And here, in the midst of all death, we long to bring life; we would see Jesus, and we would lift him up as a beacon of your love and promise to our world.
Hear our prayers for those who are suffering this day—the hungry and homeless, the sick and imprisoned, the angry, the lonely and lost. We pray that you would not let our concern pass from our hearts as these words pass from our lips, but rather that you would empower us to do your work of healing and reconciliation in their lives.
We especially lift to you this day all those who are close to our hearts, whose needs we are so often reminded of, and for ourselves in our own needs.
As you made a fearful and disjointed band of disciples into your holy church, we pray that you would make us anew, that we, your body in our world, would serve you in joy and hope and thankfulness all the days of our life together in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whose glorious name we pray.
Taken from Life in Liturgy, a ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
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