Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                            26 March 2022

Isaiah 12:1–6

1You will say in that day:

"I will give thanks to you, O Lord,

          for though you were angry with me,

your anger turned away,

          that you might comfort me.

2"Behold, God is my salvation;

          I will trust, and will not be afraid;

for the LordGod is my strength and my song,

          and he has become my salvation."

          3With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4And you will say in that day:

"Give thanks to the Lord,

          call upon his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples,

          proclaim that his name is exalted.

5"Sing praises to the Lord,

for he has done gloriously;

          let this be made known in all the earth.

6Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,

          for great in your midst is

          the Holy One of Israel."


Psalm 32

1Blessèd is the one whose transgression is

for- | given,*

          whose sin is | covered.

2Blessèd is the man against whom the Lord counts no in- | iquity,*

          and in whose spirit there is | no deceit.

3For when I kept silent, my bones wast- | ed away*

          through my groaning | all day long.

4For day and night your hand was heavy

up- | on me;*

          my strength was dried up as by the heat

          of | summer.

5I acknowledged my sin to you,

and I did not cover my in- | iquity;*

          I said, "I will confess my

          transgressions to the Lord,"

          and you forgave the iniquity | of my sin.

6Therefore let everyone who is godly

offer prayer to you at a time

when you | may be found;*

          surely in the rush of great waters,

          they shall not | reach him.

7You are a hiding place for me;

you preserve me from | trouble;*

          you surround me with shouts of

          de- | liverance.

8I will instruct you and teach you in the way | you should go;*

          I will counsel you with my eye

          up- | on you.

9Be not like a horse or a mule,

without under- | standing,*

          which must be curbed with bit and bridle,

          or it will not stay | near you.

10Many are the sorrows of the | wicked,*

          but steadfast love surrounds the one

          who trusts | in the Lord.

11Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,

O | righteous,*

          and shout for joy,

          all you up- | right in heart!

2 Corinthians 5:16–21

          16From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32

          1Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear [Jesus]. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."

          3So he told them this parable: . . .

          "There was a man who had two sons. 12And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.' And he divided his property between them. 13Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. 14And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

          17"But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants."' 20And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' 22But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.' And they began to celebrate.

          25"Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.' 28But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!' 31And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'"