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This Week at Holy Trinity

This Week at Holy Trinity

WORSHIP

Fifth Sunday of Easter – May 3, 2015
Mass at 11:00 a.m. Readings: Acts 8:26-40; Psalm 22:25-31; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8. Pastor George Detweiler preaches and presides.

The theme for this week is Jesus Christ as the Vine of which we are the branches. The image is extended to include pruning and bearing fruit. The Risen Christ is the vine. We are grafted to the vine of Christ in baptism. As vines only produce fruit when they are pruned at the beginning of the growing season, so we are pruned to be fruitful as disciples.

Jesus then turns the image to “abiding.” As we stay connected to the Vine of the Risen Christ, we abide in him and he in us. It is only by abiding in him that we bear fruit as his disciples. If we do not abide in him, we are thrown away like the branches that have been pruned from the vine. (more…)