2006-05-21 — Painful And Productive Pruning

Church Year: Easter:
Date: May 21, 2006

Theme: “Painful And Productive Pruning”

– John 15:1-8

– Pastor: John Hein

The Order of Worship: Bulletin

Liturgy: TLH, p. 5 ff.


WS 757: Christ Triumphant, Ever Reigning
TLH 53 : Abide, O Dearest Jesus Hymnary.org link
TLH 411 st. 1,4-7: From Eternity, O God Hymnary.org link
TLH 412 : May We Thy Precepts, Lord, Fulfill Hymnary.org link

Scripture Readings:

Acts 8:26-40
1 John 3:18-24

Theme: “Painful And Productive Pruning”

John 15:1-8

I Am the True Vine

15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. (ESV)