Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                          5 February 2022


Isaiah 6:1–8

          1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3And one called to another and said:


“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory!”


4And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”


          6Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”


          8And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”






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Psalm 138


1I give you thanks,

O Lord, with | my whole heart;*

          before the gods I | sing your praise;

2I bow down toward your holy temple

and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your | faithfulness,*

          for you have exalted above all things

          your name | and your word.

3On the day I called, you | answered me;*

          my strength of soul | you increased.


4All the kings of the earth

shall give you thanks, | O Lord,*

          for they have heard the words |

          of your mouth,

5and they shall sing of the ways | of the Lord,*

          for great is the glory | of the Lord.

6For though the Lord is high,

 he regards the | lowly,*

          but the haughty he knows | from afar.


7Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you pre- | serve my life;*

          you stretch out your hand

          against the wrath of my enemies,

          and your right hand de- | livers me.

8The Lord will fulfill his pur- | pose for me;*

          your steadfast love, O Lord,

          endures forever.

          Do not forsake the work | of your hands.




1 Corinthians 14:12b–20

          Since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.


          13Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. 14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. 15What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also. 16Otherwise, if you give thanks with your spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say “Amen” to your thanksgiving when he does not know what you are saying? 17For you may be giving thanks well enough, but the other person is not being built up. 18I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand words in a tongue.


          20Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature.




Luke 5:1–11

          1On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on [Jesus] to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, 2and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. 3Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” 5And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” 6And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. 7They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 8But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” 9For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, 10and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” 11And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.