Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                                 1 June 2024

Deuteronomy 5:12–15

         12"‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 14but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant, or your ox or your donkey or any of your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you. 15You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.'"


Psalm 81:1–10

1Sing aloud to | God our strength;*

         shout for joy to the God of | Jacob!

2Raise a song; sound the | tambourine,*

         the sweet lyre | with the harp.

3Blow the trumpet at the | new moon,*

         at the full moon, on our | feast day.

4For it is a statute for | Israel,*

         a just decree of the God of | Jacob.

5He made it a decree in Joseph

         when he went out over the land of | Egypt.*

I hear a language I | had not known:

6"I relieved your shoulder of the | burden;*

         your hands were freed from the | basket.

7In distress you called, and I de- | livered you;*

         I answered you in the secret place of thunder;

         I tested you at the waters of | Meribah.

8Hear, O my people, while I ad- | monish you!*

         O Israel, if you would but lis- | ten to me!

9There shall be no strange god a- | mong you;*

         you shall not bow down to a | foreign god.

10I am the Lord your God,

         who brought you up out of the land of | Egypt.*

         Open your mouth wide, and I will | fill it.

2 Corinthians 4:5–12

         5What we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

         7But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12So death is at work in us, but life in you.

Mark 2:23—3:6

         23One Sabbath [Jesus] was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24And the Pharisees were saying to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" 25And he said to them, "Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?" 27And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath."

         1Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2And they watched Jesus, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3And he said to the man with the withered hand, "Come here." 4And he said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?" But they were silent. 5And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.