John 15:1-5 & 11 (NRSV)
1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.
2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every
branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.
3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have
spoken to you.
4 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.
5 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
11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be
in you, and that your joy may be complete.
Philippians 1:1-6 (The Message)
1 Paul and Timothy, both of us committed servants of Christ
Jesus, write this letter to all the Christians in Philippi, pastors
and ministers included.
2 We greet you with the grace and peace that comes from
God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ.
3 Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations
of thanks to God.
4 Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself
praying for you with a glad heart.
5 I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with
us, believing and proclaiming God's Message, from the day you heard
it right up to the present.
6 There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that
the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and
bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.