Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                                16 July 2022

Genesis 18:1–14

          1 The Lord appeared to [Abraham] by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3and said, "O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant." So they said, "Do as you have said." 6And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, "Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes." 7And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

          9They said to him, "Where is Sarah your wife?" And he said, "She is in the tent." 10The Lord said, "I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son." And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. 11Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, "After I am worn out, and my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?" 13The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?' 14Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son."


Psalm 27

1The Lord is my light and my salvation;

          whom | shall I fear?*

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

          of whom shall I | be afraid?

2When evildoers assail me

          to eat | up my flesh,*

my adversaries and foes,

          it is they who stum- | ble and fall.

3Though an army encamp against me, 

          my heart | shall not fear;*

though war arise against me,

          yet I will be | confident.

4One thing have I asked of the Lord,

          that will I seek | after:*

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

          all the days of my life,

to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord

          and to inquire in his | temple.

5For he will hide me in his shelter

          in the day of | trouble;*

he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;

          he will lift me high up- | on a rock.

6And now my head shall be lifted up

          above my enemies all around me,

          and I will offer in his tent

          sacrifices with | shouts of joy;*

I will sing and make melody | to the Lord.

7Hear, O Lord, when I | cry aloud;*

          be gracious to me and | answer me!

8You have said, | "Seek my face."*

My heart says to you,

          "Your face, Lord, | do I seek."

          9Hide not your face from me.

Turn not your servant away in | anger,*

          O you who have been my help.

Cast me not off; forsake me not,

          O God of my sal- | vation!

10For my father and my mother have for- | saken me,*

          but the Lord will | take me in.

11Teach me your way, | O Lord,*

          and lead me on a level path

          because of my | enemies.

12Give me not up to the will of my adver- | saries;*

          for false witnesses have risen against me,

          and they breathe out | violence.

13I believe that I shall look upon the goodness | of the Lord*

          in the land of the | living!

14Wait | for the Lord;*

          be strong, and let your heart take courage;

          wait | for the Lord!

Colossians 1:21–29

          21You, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

          24Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

Luke 10:38–42

          38Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." 41But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."