Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                               29 June 2024

Lamentations 3:22–33

22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;

         his mercies never come to an end;

23they are new every morning;

         great is your faithfulness.

24"The Lord is my portion," says my soul,

         "therefore I will hope in him."

25The Lord is good to those who wait for him,

         to the soul who seeks him.

26It is good that one should wait quietly

         for the salvation of the Lord.

27It is good for a man that he bear

         the yoke in his youth.

28Let him sit alone in silence

         when it is laid on him;

29let him put his mouth in the dust—

         there may yet be hope;

30let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,

         and let him be filled with insults.

31For the Lord will not

         cast off forever,

32but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion

         according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

33for he does not willingly afflict

         or grieve the children of men.


Psalm 30

1I will extol you, O Lord, for you have | drawn me up*

         and have not let my foes rejoice | over me.

2O Lord my God, I cried to | you for help,*

         and you have | healed me.

3O Lord, you have brought up my soul | from Sheol;*

         you restored me to life from among those who go down | to the pit.

4Sing praises to the Lord, O | you his saints,*

         and give thanks to his | holy name.

5For his anger is but for a moment,

         and his favor is for a | lifetime.*

Weeping may tarry for the night,

         but joy comes with the | morning.

6As for me, I said in my pros- | perity,*

         "I shall nev- | er be moved."

7By your favor, O Lord,

         you made my mountain | stand strong;*

you hid your face;

         I | was dismayed.

8To you, O |Lord, I cry,*

         and to the Lord I plead for | mercy:

9"What profit is there in my death,

         if I go down | to the pit?*

Will the dust praise you?

         Will it tell of your | faithfulness?

10Hear, O Lord, and be merci- | ful to me!*

         O Lord, be my | helper!"

11You have turned for me my mourning into | dancing;*

         you have loosed my sackcloth

         and clothed me with | gladness,

12that my glory may sing your praise and not be | silent.*

         O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you for- | ever!

2 Corinthians 8:1–9, 13–15

         1We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own free will, 4begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 6Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. 7But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.

         8I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. . . .

         13I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 15As it is written, "Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack."

Mark 5:21–43

         21When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23and implored him earnestly, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live." 24And he went with him.

         And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28For she said, "If I touch even his garments, I will be made well." 29And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, "Who touched my garments?" 31And his disciples said to him, "You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?'" 32And he looked around to see who had done it. 33But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34And he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease."

         35While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, "Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?" 36But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Do not fear, only believe." 37And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39And when he had entered, he said to them, "Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping." 40And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41Taking her by the hand he said to her, "Talitha cumi," which means, "Little girl, I say to you, arise." 42And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.