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Preaching from the Pink Pulpit

Fifth Sunday of Easter

6 May 2012

St. John United Church of Christ

St. Clair, MO


Tangled Together

Based on St. John 15: 1-8

By Rev. James Semmelroth Darnell


            “I am the vine and you are the branches.” As I sat with this morning’s gospel text I was befuddled. As most of you know I’m a city boy at heart, and grew up closer to the concrete jungle than a vineyard. So I wondered what to do with this text since I know little about what it means to be the vine and the branches myself, although that is a metaphor that would have made sense to Jesus’ followers in 1st century Palestine. So I turned to a friend, Dr. Jon Sanford. Now Jon is even more of a Washingtonian than I, a well respected political economist. But he is also a winemaker, or more properly…

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