Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                        2 December 2023

Isaiah 64:1–9

1Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,

         that the mountains might quake at your presence—

2 as when fire kindles brushwood

         and the fire causes water to boil—

to make your name known to your adversaries,

         and that the nations might tremble at your presence!

3When you did awesome things that we did not look for,

         you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.

4From of old no one has heard

         or perceived by the ear,

no eye has seen a God besides you,

         who acts for those who wait for him.

5You meet him who joyfully works righteousness,

         those who remember you in your ways.

Behold, you were angry, and we sinned;

         in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved?

6We have all become like one who is unclean,

         and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment.

We all fade like a leaf,

         and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

7There is no one who calls upon your name,

         who rouses himself to take hold of you;

for you have hidden your face from us,

         and have made us melt in the hand of our iniquities.

8But now, O Lord, you are our Father;

         we are the clay, and you are our potter;

         we are all the work of your hand.

9Be not so terribly angry, O Lord,

         and remember not iniquity forever.

         Behold, please look, we are all your people.


Psalm 80:1–7

1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,

         you who lead Joseph | like a flock!*

You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, | shine forth.

         2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Ma- | nasseh,*

stir up your might

         and come to | save us!

3Restore us, | O God;*

         let your face shine, that we | may be saved!

4O Lord| God of hosts,*      how long will you be angry with your | people's prayers?

5You have fed them with the | bread of tears*

         and given them tears to drink in full | measure.

6You make us an object of contention for our | neighbors,*

         and our enemies laugh a- | mong themselves.

7Restore us, O | God of hosts;*

         let your face shine, that we | may be saved!

1 Corinthians 1:3–9

         3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

         4I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—6even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you—7so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Mark 13:24–37

         24[Jesus said:] "In those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

         28"From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

         32"But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the cock crows, or in the morning— 36lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake."