Pain and Joy: God Is At Work In Us

Sunday, April 29th ~ 5th Sunday Of Easter

We all know that pain and discomfort are part of life. So, too, is joy and comfort. We are confronted with that reality in the Gospel of John. The 15th chapter begins with a word of pain and discomfort “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… .”



Sermon Notes

Bible Passage:   John 15:1-10


Special Music:

Prelude to Prayer      By: David Justice      Performed by: The FFC Chancel Bells


Trouble!      By: Sally K. Albrecht      Performed by: The FFC Chancel Choir with the Illini Bluffs High School Chamber Singers


In Remembrance*      By: Eleanor Daley      Performed by: The Illini Bluffs High School Chamber Singers


* “Our ensemble has recognized the void of the innocent lives that this world has lost. In Remembrance is our small, but hopefully meaningful contribution to wishing condolences to the family members of those lost, both in the recent present and past. Through music, there is an opportunity to make the world a better place by how moving and beautiful it is and can be. Using the love we have for arts, we can be the people who will make a positive impact to other generations in hopes that things change for the better.”                                 

 – IBHS Seniors, Cassie Drake and Kyla Kerans

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