2 May 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

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2 May 2021 – Ellinwood Worship Guide

““The Key to a Fruitful Life of Faith”

5th Sunday in Eastertide
Communion Sunday

Psalm 22:25-31
John 15:1-8

The trauma of the Pandemic and the chaos it has created has caused much uncertainty. Our world has been turned upside down. Chaos has become the norm. Our faith is being tested. Our future seems unclear, yet I believe that this same message given by our Lord Jesus Christ to the disciples can help us today. John 15 reveals the last of the “I AM” statements of Christ. In the gospel of John, Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life;” In John 8, “I am the light of the world;” John 10, “I am the Good Shepherd;” John 11, “I am the Resurrection and the Life;” John 14 “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life; and finally in John 15, “I am the True Vine.” John has given us seven miracles and the seven “I AMs” to confirm the divinity of Christ and to affirm Jesus as God’s manifestation of Himself in the world. His disciples and all those who placed their faith in Him are identified as His friends and personal choice to carry out His ministry in the world.

The disciples sat in awe as Jesus said to them in John 14, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to my Father. And whatsoever you shall ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.”