Monday, April 29, 2013

Fifth week of Eastertide with Van Gogh, Gungor, Jenny & Tyler, Page CXVI and the Gospel of John

Meditating on Jesus as the vine and us as the branches this week.  
Abiding in His love, keeping His commandments, our joy is full.

Branches of an Almond Tree in Blossom
Van Gogh

John 15:1-11

English Standard Version (ESV)

I Am the True Vine

15 “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. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Three songs for three prayers of the day:

Morning prayer: Abide by Jenny & Tyler (lyrics here)

Mid-day prayer: Beautiful Things by Gungor (lyrics here)

Vespers prayer:  Abide With Me by Henry F. Lyte, re-tuned by Page CXVI (lyrics here)

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