The Sermon……………………………………………………………… John 15:1-8

“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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

If We Are Branches, How Do We Grow?

  1. Connected to the Vine
  2. Pruned by the Vinedresser
  3. Fruitful for Him

Fifth Sunday Of Easter

Sunday, May 3, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn 589 – “Speak, O Lord, Your Servant Listens”

Order of Service ………………………. Divine Service – Setting 3,Pg 184ff

Confession & Absolution…………………. Page 184-185 Right Column

Introit

Glory be to the Father ……………………………………………  Page 186

Kyrie……………………………………………………………………… Page 186

Gloria in Excelsis…………………………………………………….. Page 187
(Pastor chants first line. Congregation joins for the remainder)

Salutation and Collect …………………………………………….. Page 189

The Scripture Reading – Acts 8:26-40

The Spirit of God urged Philip to approach an Ethiopian man traveling from Jerusalem to Gaza. Philip was able to share with him the message about Jesus, leading to his conversion, his baptism, and his joy in knowing that he was saved.

The Scripture Reading – 1 John 3:18-24

John urges us not simply to speak of love, but rather to love “in deed and in truth.” He then gives us two commands, which we can only do when enabled by the Holy Spirit: we are to believe in Jesus as God’s Son, and we are to love one another.

Apostles Creed ………………………………………. Page 192 or back cover

Hymn 611 – “Chief of Sinners Though I Be”

The Sermon……………………………………………………………… John 15:1-8

“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 bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

If We Are Branches, How Do We Grow?

  1. Connected to the Vine
  2. Pruned by the Vinedresser
  3. Fruitful for Him

The Sermon Blessing (Page 192)
Congregation (Spoken): Amen

Offertory……………………………………………………………………. Page 192

Hymn 595 – “O Blessed Spring”

The Offering, Prayers / The Lord’s Prayer ………………. Back cover

The Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen……………………….. Page 202

Closing Hymn 691 – “Fruitful Trees, the Spirit’s Sowing”

Silent Prayer And Announcements

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