Abiding in Jesus: Station-Based Worship Experience

Based on John 15:1-9, this station-based worship experience will give worshipers an opportunity to reflect on what it means to abide with God.

Materials needed:

  • Artificial grapevines (or artificial vines and some artificial grapes, if grapevines aren’t available)
  • Freestanding room dividers (wicker ones with large holes in the design work best because you can thread the artificial vines through them)
  • Scissors
  • Cut-up fruit

Display the appropriate verse(s) and worship instructions at each station.

Station 1

John 15:1-4

Decorate this station to resemble a vineyard. Create walls on three sides with freestanding room dividers. Drape them with artificial grapevines.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 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.”

Instructions: Read John 15:1-4 and reflect.

  • Are you abiding in the one who has given you life, or are you trying to handle life on your own?
  • Does God’s life and love show in you?
  • Are you allowing God to prune you so that you may produce more good fruit?

Spend some time in prayer, asking God if there is an area of your life that needs pruning. If God shows you an area of your life that needs to be cleansed, ask for forgiveness.

Finally, take the scissors and cut off a piece of the vine to symbolize Christ’s pruning work in your life.

Station 2

John 15:5

Provide cut-up fruit for participants to eat.

“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 do nothing.”

Instructions: Eat some of the fruit. Take your time; savor the flavor and texture. Are you bearing ripe fruit that is full of goodness and meaning? Are you ministering where God is already at work? Spend some time in prayer, asking God to help you bear ripe, good fruit.

Station 3

John 15:7-9

“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.”

Spend time in meditative prayer. Repeat over and over, aloud or to yourself, “May I abide in the love of Jesus.”

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