Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                          21 January 2023

Isaiah 9:1–4

          1There will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

2The people who walked in darkness

          have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,

          on them has light shined.

3You have multiplied the nation;

          you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you    as with joy at the harvest,

          as they are glad when they divide the spoil.

4For the yoke of his burden,

          and the staff for his shoulder,

          the rod of his oppressor,

          you have broken as on the day of Midian.


Psalm 27:1-9

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!

1 Corinthians 1:10–18

          10I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. 11For it has been reported to me by Chloe's people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. 12What I mean is that each one of you says, "I follow Paul," or "I follow Apollos," or "I follow Cephas," or "I follow Christ." 13Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, 15so that no one may say that you were baptized in my name. 16(I did baptize also the household of Stephanas. Beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) 17For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

          18For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Matthew 4:12–25

          12When [Jesus] heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

15"The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,

          the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—

16the people dwelling in darkness

          have seen a great light,

and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,

          on them a light has dawned."

17From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

          18While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

          23And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.