SATB and Organ. This is just a wonderful anthem with a great message suitable for anytime of year. The text is by Edith Sinclair Downing, based on John 15:1-5.
Edith Downing's text is more than a recounting of the teaching of Jesus; it also interprets the text with instruction for the Christian believer. Downing includes the Advent image of Christ as the "Fruit from Jesse," connecting the Easter and Advent seasons, and ends with a call to mission for all believers.
Christ, the vine, and God, the gardener,
we, the branches bearing fruit.
We can bring forth shoots of promise
when our lives in Christ take root.
Christ, the fruit from Jesse springing,
you fulfilled the prophet’s trust.
And you pray that we, your body,
will fulfill your trust in us.
Christ, may we submit to pruning
that we bear more grapes for wine.
Help us, when we’re overburdened,
draw new strength from you, the vine.
You invite us to be partners,
growing Spirit’s fruit anew.
Keep us one in love together:
you in us, and we in you!