“Alleluia! Christ is Risen!”
“Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
Week five of the season of Easter and our Alleluias haven’t given out yet! Jesus, in our reading from the Gospel of John this week, tells us that he has the true vine, God is the vinegrower, and that we are the branches. If we abide in Jesus, we will bear much fruit. If we do not, we will be thrown into the fire, and burned. Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing, and it is in the giving up of ourselves to the life and mission of Jesus that God is glorified. This mutual abiding of Christ in us and us in Christ shapes our worship this week. Here are our appointed readings for this week. Read them ahead of time and meditate on them as you prepare your hearts for worship.
Here are our appointed readings for this week for you to read and meditate on as you prepare your hearts for worship this weekend.
Philip teaches and baptizes an Ethiopian
All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord
1 John 4:7-21
God’s love perfected in love for one another
Christ the vine
Our music this week celebrates the images of the green blade rising in ELW 379 Now the Green Blade Rises. We celebrate Christ’s rising as the vine and by way of our baptism we link our new lives to his new life in resurrection. We also sing ELW 367 Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds, celebrating Christ’s triumph over the grave and continuing our Alleluia “shout” through this joyous season of Easter.
As we are grafted into the body of Christ through baptism, our mission becomes aligned with the mission of Christ. How do you embody this mission in your life? How does St. Peter’s embody this mission? What might need to be pruned away so that something else can grow and will it be easy to let it go?