The Lessons Appointed for Use on the

Sunday closest to August 3

Year B
BCP

Exodus 16:2-4,9-15
Ephesians 4:17-25
John 6:24-35
Psalm 78:1-25 or 78:14-20, 23-25

The Collect

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Old Testament

Exodus 16:2-4,9-15

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

Then the LORD said to Moses, "I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not."

Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, `Draw near to the LORD, for he has heard your complaining.'" And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. The LORD spoke to Moses and said, "I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, `At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'"

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat."

The Psalm

Psalm 78:1-25 Page 694, BCP

or

Psalm 78:14-20, 23-25 Page 696, BCP

Attendite, popule

1
Hear my teaching, O my people; *
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2
I will open my mouth in a parable; *
I will declare the mysteries of ancient times.

3
That which we have heard and known,
and what our forefathers have told us, *
we will not hide from their children.

4
We will recount to generations to come
the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the LORD, *
and the wonderful works he has done.

5
He gave his decrees to Jacob
and established a law for Israel, *
which he commanded them to teach their children;

6
That the generations to come might know,
and the children yet unborn; *
that they in their turn might tell it to their children;

7
So that they might put their trust in God, *
and not forget the deeds of God,
but keep his commandments;

8
And not be like their forefathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation, *
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
and whose spirit was not faithful to God.

9
The people of Ephraim, armed with the bow, *
turned back in the day of battle;

10
They did not keep the covenant of God, *
and refused to walk in his law;

11
They forgot what he had done, *
and the wonders he had shown them.

12
He worked marvels in the sight of their forefathers, *
in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

13
He split open the sea and let them pass through; *
he made the waters stand up like walls.

14
He led them with a cloud by day, *
and all the night through with a glow of fire.

15
He split the hard rocks in the wilderness *
and gave them drink as from the great deep.

16
He brought streams out of the cliff, *
and the waters gushed out like rivers.

17
But they went on sinning against him, *
rebelling in the desert against the Most High.

18
They tested God in their hearts, *
demanding food for their craving.

19
They railed against God and said, *
"Can God set a table in the wilderness?

20
True, he struck the rock, the waters gushed out, and the gullies overflowed; *
but is he able to give bread
or to provide meat for his people?"

21
When the LORD heard this, he was full of wrath; *
a fire was kindled against Jacob,
and his anger mounted against Israel;

22
For they had no faith in God, *
nor did they put their trust in his saving power.

23
So he commanded the clouds above *
and opened the doors of heaven.

24
He rained down manna upon them to eat *
and gave them grain from heaven.

25
So mortals ate the bread of angels; *
he provided for them food enough.

 


Ephesians 4:17-25

Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. That is not the way you learned Christ! For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.

John 6:24-35

The next day, when the people who remained after the feeding of the five thousand saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.

When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" Jesus answered them, "Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal." Then they said to him, "What must we do to perform the works of God?" Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." So they said to him, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, `He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."

Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."


Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.


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