Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                            8 January 2022

Isaiah 43:1–7

1But now thus says the Lord,

he who created you, O Jacob,

          he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

          I have called you by name, you are mine.

2When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

          and through the rivers,

          they shall not overwhelm you;

when you walk through fire

you shall not be burned,

          and the flame shall not consume you.

3For I am the Lord your God,

          the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

I give Egypt as your ransom,

          Cush and Seba in exchange for you.

4Because you are precious in my eyes,

          and honored, and I love you,

I give men in return for you,

          peoples in exchange for your life.

5Fear not, for I am with you;

          I will bring your offspring from the east,

          and from the west I will gather you.

6I will say to the north, Give up,

          and to the south, Do not withhold;

bring my sons from afar

          and my daughters from

          the end of the earth,

7everyone who is called by my name,

          whom I created for my glory,

          whom I formed and made.”


Psalm 29

Ascribe to the Lord Glory, A Psalm of David

1Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly | beings,*

    ascribe to the Lord glo- | ry and strength.

2Ascribe to the Lord the glory | due his name;*

    worship the Lord in the splendor of | holiness.

3The voice of the Lord is over the | waters;*

    the God of glory thunders,

    the Lord, over many | waters.

4The voice of the Lord is | powerful;*

    the voice of the Lord is full of | majesty.

5The voice of the Lord breaks the | cedars;*

    the Lord breaks the cedars of | Lebanon.

6He makes Lebanon to skip | like a calf,*

    and Sirion like a young | wild ox.

7The voice | of the Lord*

    flashes forth | flames of fire.

8The voice of the Lord shakes the | wilderness;*

    the Lord shakes the wilderness | of Kadesh.

9The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth

    and strips the | forests bare,*

    and in his temple all cry, | “Glory!”

10The Lord sits enthroned o- | ver the flood;*

    the Lord sits enthroned as king for- | ever.

11May the Lord give strength to his | people!*

    May the Lord bless his people | with peace!

Romans 6:1–11

          1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

          5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Luke 3:15–22

          15As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 17His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

          18So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

          21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”