Vines are amazing plants. They are prolific, productive. They do not stay put, but grow in every direction if given the opportunity. But Jesus highlights the vine's trainability, and how his heavenly Father tends the vine so that it may grow in ways which produce fruit.
So it is with Jesus' disciples. If we "go wild," we will grow willy-nilly, and are unlikely to put our energy into producing the fruits of his kingdom. But following Jesus means being trained, directed, led to grow in righteousness. We pray that the energy which might be wasted in quarreling, in anxiety, might be used instead to grow charity, kindness, forgiveness, justice, peace.
This Sunday we will drink the fruits of Jesus' vine, nourishing us for life. Pastor John Melin will lead worship and preside at Holy Communion.
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
85 Wayne Street (btwn Barrow & Jersey Aves)
Downtown Jersey City
Tue 5/1 7:15pm, Congregation Council meeting
Sat 5/5 10am-3pm, Rummage sale
Sun 5/6 12:30-3pm, Rummage sale