A Meditation for You
Moving into May we will drop into the St. James the Less book group and see how the writings of Rachel Held Evans bring the gospel to life. 

The Gospel for the fifth Sunday of Easter, John 15:1-5
Jesus said to his disciples, “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. 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.”

“Baptism declares that God is in the business of bringing dead things back to life, so if you want in on God’s business, you better prepare to follow God to all the rock-bottom, scorched-earth, dead-on-arrival corners of this world—including those in your own heart—because that’s where God works, that’s where God gardens.”
*From Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans; published by Nelson Books copyright 2015, p. 21.

Interested in hearing more of Rachel Held Evans? Join us for Book Club on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. as Fr. Rock and friends delve into Searching For Sunday. Any and all area invited. You can pick up where we are; no preparation necessary. 

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Staying Connected
Friday, April 30, 2021
  • 12pm- Noonday Prayer (online) 

Sunday, May 2, 2021
  • 9am- Children's Sunday School (online) 
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  • 9am- Abbreviated Virtual Spiritual Eucharist Worship (online)
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  • 10am- Outdoor In Person Eucharist Worship (in person)
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  • 5pm- Contemplative Worship (online)
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Monday, May 3, 2021
  • 10:30am Grief Group (online)
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