Sunday April 29, 2018 preview

Senior Recognition Sunday, Core Value: Learning

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.”

–John 15:1-2

The writer of John offers us another glimpse into the essence of Jesus and of God.  We are branches that are connected to the tree of life – which is Jesus Christ.  God is the master gardener and tends to our every needs in order that we can grow spiritually.  We are called to bear fruit for the Kingdom and when we become barren, we need to be pruned – to be made aware of our tendency to grow away from the Kingdom of God and especially from the true Vine – Jesus.  We learn what it means to bear fruit from our church community through Worship, education, service and community.  Today we recognize our high school seniors who will soon be graduating from high school, but are continuing on their faith journeys.

This Week’s Focus In The Core Values Sermon Series: Learning

Instruction and learning for all age levels is not a new idea. Growing and learning in faith is part of the heritage of the church. Jesus invites us to “take my yoke upon you, and learn from me.” (Matthew 11:29) and commands us to make disciples “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20).

When it comes to learning about the Father’s love, saving grace through Christ, and the Spirit’s daily guidance, we are all life-long students. What might you learn today?

Sermon Question:

How do you learn to bear fruit?

Reflection Questions:

How has the community of St. Peter’s taught you to “bear fruit” for the Kingdom?

What are some habits that need to be “pruned” from your life?

How can you help others bear fruit?

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Sister Dottie Almoney

Director of Education & Outreach

Our youth grow into faithful disciples through education, fellowship and service. I am also excited about the new social ministries in which we are partnering with other Manheim Township churches, such as Lydia’s Closet and Homes for Hope.

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