This Sunday we ‘re going to shift gears a bit, and instead of exploring Jesus as the door or gate, let’s explore the connections that tie us together. It will still be an “I Am” statement but one with a bit of a different feel. It just seems appropriate to examine vines and branches as we see the budding of spring.
On the chancel we continue to see what appear to be dead branches, but if you look closely you’ll see that many are anything but dead. Something is moving within them, elements around them are influencing them, and then causing them to produce more than what appears possible. To make any of it possible are connections, the flow of energy, water, nutrients like light, and the working of things unseen. Out of that is the creation of something new. So instead of exploring those things that can separate us, like gates, how about we explore what connects us?
This scripture about God being the gardener, Jesus being the vine, and us being the branches also states that fruit cannot be produced when there is a separation from that which provides what’s needed; and what’s needed is connection. There was an article in the Pacific Northwest section of last Sunday’s Seattle Times that reiterated our need for community, connections, even a tribe to call our own. But why that need? So let’s explore what lays at the root of community, why the need is so important, and what we do to make those connections. To prepare please read John 15:1 – 14.