Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                                2 April 2022

Isaiah 43:16–21

16Thus says the Lord,

         who makes a way in the sea,

         a path in the mighty waters,

17who brings forth chariot and horse,

         army and warrior;

they lie down, they cannot rise,

         they are extinguished,

         quenched like a wick:

18"Remember not the former things,

         nor consider the things of old.

19Behold, I am doing a new thing;

         now it springs forth,

         do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness

         and rivers in the desert.

20The wild beasts will honor me,

         the jackals and the ostriches,

for I give water in the wilderness,

         rivers in the desert,

to give drink to my chosen people,

         21the people whom I formed for myself

that they might declare my praise."


Psalm 126

1When the Lord restored the fortunes of | Zion,*

         we were like | those who dream.

2Then our mouth was filled with | laughter,*

         and our tongue with | shouts of joy;

then they said among the nations,

"The Lord has done great |

things for them."*

            3The Lord has done great things for us; |

         we are glad.

4Restore our fortunes, | O Lord,*

         like streams in the | Negeb!

5Those who | sow in tears*

         shall reap with | shouts of joy!

6He who goes out weeping,

bearing the seed for | sowing,*

         shall come home with shouts of joy,

         bringing his | sheaves with him.

Philippians 3:8–14

         8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

         12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Luke 20:9–20

         9[Jesus] began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted a vineyard and let it out to tenants and went into another country for a long while. 10When the time came, he sent a servant to the tenants, so that they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11And he sent another servant. But they also beat and treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.' 14But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.' 15And they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others." When they heard this, they said, "Surely not!" 17But he looked directly at them and said, "What then is this that is written:

‘The stone that the builders rejected

         has become the cornerstone'?

18Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him."

         19The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.