Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                            7 January 2023

Isaiah 42:1–9

1Behold my servant, whom I uphold,

          my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

I have put my Spirit upon him;

          he will bring forth justice to the nations.

2He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,

          or make it heard in the street;

3a bruised reed he will not break,

          and a faintly burning wick

          he will not quench;

          he will faithfully bring forth justice.

4He will not grow faint or be discouraged

          till he has established justice in the earth;

          and the coastlands wait for his law.

5Thus says God, the Lord,

          who created the heavens

          and stretched them out,

          who spread out the earth

          and what comes from it,

who gives breath to the people on it

          and spirit to those who walk in it:

6"I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;

          I will take you by the hand and keep you;

I will give you as a covenant for the people,

          a light for the nations,

          7to open the eyes that are blind,

to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

          from the prison those who sit in darkness.

8I am the Lord; that is my name;

          my glory I give to no other,

          nor my praise to carved idols.

9Behold, the former things have come to pass,

          and new things I now declare;

before they spring forth

          I tell you of them."


Psalm 29

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.

Matthew 3:13–17

          13Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?" 15But Jesus answered him, "Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he consented. 16And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17and behold, a voice from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased."