Sunnyvale Presbyterian
May 2, 2021
“Abiding in the Vine”
Rev. Hardy H. Kim, preaching

As I write this note to you, I am very much feeling the side effects of the second does of the COVID vaccine. I am told that this is a sign that the vaccine is working its intended magic. So, in spite of my tiredness and aches, I am grateful for the work of so many people around the world who are helping to make us all safer in this pandemic. 

But I also reflect on the nature of this strange disease that has overturned our world. It has made it clear that we are so exposed to (and interconnected with) one another. I think about places like India and Brazil where so many continue to die. Even as sympathy wells up, I also think about how none of us will truly be safe from the coronavirus until we’re all safe from the coronavirus. I wonder whether our leaders and our country really are doing everything we need them to be doing to promote our collective health—both here and around the world. 

These are the kinds of thoughts that are guiding my reflections on the scripture for this upcoming Sunday. It’s a teaching where Jesus is also talking about our connectedness to him. He’s talking about what it will take for us to truly flourish and bear fruit. 

I hope you will join us in worship, and come think about what it would look like for us all to bear good fruit together. 


P.S. This Sunday we will celebrate communion, so remember to have your communion elements with you when you log on for worship.

P.P.S. And join us April 29 (tonight!) for another Affirming Church Series program "Legal Rights of Queer People," which starts at 6 p.m. (note the start time). Click here to join the meeting at 6 p.m. or go to the church website and click on the red button.

Image: Grace Lee Boggs, © 2016 Innosanto Nagara, Design Action Collective. Used with permission.
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Theme for Sunday
“Changes in small places affect the global system, not through incrementalism, but because every small system participates in an unbroken wholeness. We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it’s never a question of ‘critical mass.’ It’s always about critical connections.”

—Grace Lee Boggs, “Seeds of Change”
Questions for Reflection
  • Can you remember a surprising or even shocking experience of realizing that you’re connected to people who you didn’t previously think were close to you in geography or relationship? 
  • Did that realization change anything about how you live your life?
John 15:1-8
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just 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. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”