St. Paul community garden planting

When:
April 22nd, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where:
South block

The beginning of spring means the beginning of planting in the St. Paul community garden. Get your hands into the earth twice over the coming weeks. Children are very welcome.
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.-12 noon: Prepare the St Paul Community Garden for another year of vegetable growing. We will clean the garden beds and plant some cold-tolerant plants. Bring garden tools and seeds if you’d like. The rain/cold date is Saturday, April 29.
Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-12 noon: Complete the planting of the St Paul Community Garden. Help give root to tomatoes, peppers, and other warm-weather plants. The rain/cold date is Saturday, May 14.
The vegetables and herbs grown in the garden are donated to Café on Vine, the Madison Marketplace, neighbors, and St. Paul people.
Contact: Matt Schroeder, [email protected] or 563-340-9980.

Isaiah 6:1-8

Isaiah’s Vision

1In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.2Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.3And one called out to another and said,

“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,

The whole earth is full of His glory.”

4And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.5Then I said,

“Woe is me, for I am ruined!

Because I am a man of unclean lips,

And I live among a people of unclean lips;

For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

6Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs.7He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

Isaiah’s Commission

8Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Psalm 29

1Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty,

Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name;

Worship the LORD in holy array.

3The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;

The God of glory thunders,

The LORD is over many waters.

4The voice of the LORD is powerful,

The voice of the LORD is majestic.

5The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;

Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

6He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,

And Sirion like a young wild ox.

7The voice of the LORD hews out 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 to calve

And strips the forests bare;

And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”

10The LORD sat as King at the flood;

Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.

11The LORD will give strength to His people;

The LORD will bless His people with peace.

Romans 8:12-17

12So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.14For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.15For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!”16The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,17and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

John 3:1-17

The New Birth

1Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;2this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”3Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

4Nicodemus *said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”5Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.6“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.7“Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’8“The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

9Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?”10Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things?11“Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony.12“If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?13“No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.14“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up;15so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.

16“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.17“For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

12‘Observe the sabbath day to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you.13‘Six days you shall labor and do all your work,14but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter or your male servant or your female servant or your ox or your donkey or any of your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you, so that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.15‘You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the LORD your God commanded you to observe the sabbath day.

Psalm 81:1-10

1Sing for joy to God our strength;

Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.

2Raise a song, strike the timbrel,

The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

3Blow the trumpet at the new moon,

At the full moon, on our feast day.

4For it is a statute for Israel,

An ordinance of the God of Jacob.

5He established it for a testimony in Joseph

When he went throughout the land of Egypt.

I heard a language that I did not know:

6“I relieved his shoulder of the burden,

His hands were freed from the basket.

7“You called in trouble and I rescued you;

I answered you in the hiding place of thunder;

I proved you at the waters of Meribah.

Selah.

8“Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you;

O Israel, if you would listen to Me!

9“Let there be no strange god among you;

Nor shall you worship any foreign god.

10“I, the LORD, am your God,

Who brought you up from the land of Egypt;

Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

5For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.6For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;8we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;10always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.11For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.12So death works in us, but life in you.

Mark 2:23-3:6

23And it happened that He was passing through the grainfields on the Sabbath, and His disciples began to make their way along while picking the heads of grain.24The Pharisees were saying to Him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”25And He *said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions became hungry;26how he entered the house of God in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the consecrated bread, which is not lawful for anyone to eat except the priests, and he also gave it to those who were with him?”27Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.28“So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

1He entered again into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered.2They were watching Him to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him.3He *said to the man with the withered hand, “Get up and come forward!”4And He *said to them, “Is it lawful to do good or to do harm on the Sabbath, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent.5After looking around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, He *said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored.6The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him, as to how they might destroy Him.

Genesis 3:8-15

8They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.9Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”10He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”11And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?”12The man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate.”13Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”14The LORD God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,

Cursed are you more than all cattle,

And more than every beast of the field;

On your belly you will go,

And dust you will eat

All the days of your life;

15And I will put enmity

Between you and the woman,

And between your seed and her seed;

He shall bruise you on the head,

And you shall bruise him on the heel.”

Psalm 81:1-10

1Sing for joy to God our strength;

Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.

2Raise a song, strike the timbrel,

The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

3Blow the trumpet at the new moon,

At the full moon, on our feast day.

4For it is a statute for Israel,

An ordinance of the God of Jacob.

5He established it for a testimony in Joseph

When he went throughout the land of Egypt.

I heard a language that I did not know:

6“I relieved his shoulder of the burden,

His hands were freed from the basket.

7“You called in trouble and I rescued you;

I answered you in the hiding place of thunder;

I proved you at the waters of Meribah.

Selah.

8“Hear, O My people, and I will admonish you;

O Israel, if you would listen to Me!

9“Let there be no strange god among you;

Nor shall you worship any foreign god.

10“I, the LORD, am your God,

Who brought you up from the land of Egypt;

Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

13But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,14knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.15For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

16Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.17For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

The Temporal and Eternal

1For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Mark 3:20-35

20And He *came home, and the crowd *gathered again, to such an extent that they could not even eat a meal.21When His own people heard ofthis, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses.”22The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.”23And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan?24“If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.25“If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.26“If Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished!27“But no one can enter the strong man’s house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house.

28“Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter;29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”30because they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.”

31Then His mother and His brothers *arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.32A crowd was sitting around Him, and they *said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You.”33Answering them, He *said, “Who are My mother and My brothers?”34Looking about at those who were sitting around Him, He *said, “Behold My mother and My brothers!35“For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

Ezekiel 17:22-24

22Thus says the Lord GOD, “I will also take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and set it out; I will pluck from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one and I will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.23“On the high mountain of Israel I will plant it, that it may bring forth boughs and bear fruit and become a stately cedar. And birds of every kind will nest under it; they will nest in the shade of its branches.24“All the trees of the field will know that I am the LORD; I bring down the high tree, exalt the low tree, dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will perform it.

Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 [11-13] 14-17

Mark 4:26-34

26And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;27and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know.28“The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.29“But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Parable of the Mustard Seed

30And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,32yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THEAIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE.”

33With many such parables He was speaking the word to them, so far as they were able to hear it;34and He did not speak to them without a parable; but He was explaining everything privately to His own disciples.

Jesus Stills the Sea

Job 38:1-11

God Speaks Now to Job

1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,

2“Who is this that darkens counsel

By words without knowledge?

3“Now gird up your loins like a man,

And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

Tell Me, if you have understanding,

5Who set its measurements? Since you know.

Or who stretched the line on it?

6“On what were its bases sunk?

Or who laid its cornerstone,

7When the morning stars sang together

And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8“Or who enclosed the sea with doors

When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;

9When I made a cloud its garment

And thick darkness its swaddling band,

10And I placed boundaries on it

And set a bolt and doors,

11And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;

And here shall your proud waves stop’?

God’s Mighty Power

Psalm 107:1-3,23-32

1Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good,

For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

2Let the redeemed of the LORD say so,

Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary

3And gathered from the lands,

From the east and from the west,

From the north and from the south.

23Those who go down to the sea in ships,

Who do business on great waters;

24They have seen the works of the LORD,

And His wonders in the deep.

25For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind,

Which lifted up the waves of the sea.

26They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths;

Their soul melted away in their misery.

27They reeled and staggered like a drunken man,

And were at their wits’ end.

28Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,

And He brought them out of their distresses.

29He caused the storm to be still,

So that the waves of the sea were hushed.

30Then they were glad because they were quiet,

So He guided them to their desired haven.

31Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness,

And for His wonders to the sons of men!

32Let them extol Him also in the congregation of the people,

And praise Him at the seat of the elders.

2 Corinthians 6:1-13

Their Ministry Commended

1And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—2for He says,

“AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,

AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.”

Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”—

3giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,4but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,5in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger,6in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love,7in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left,8by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true;9as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death,10as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.

11Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide.12You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections.13Now in a like exchange—I speak as to children—open wide to us also.

Mark 4:35-41

35On that day, when evening came, He *said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.”36Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.37And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.38Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”39And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.40And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”41They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

Lamentations 3:22-33

22The LORDS lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,

For His compassions never fail.

23They are new every morning;

Great is Your faithfulness.

24“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,

“Therefore I have hope in Him.”

25The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,

To the person who seeks Him.

26It is good that he waits silently

For the salvation of the LORD.

27It is good for a man that he should bear

The yoke in his youth.

28Let him sit alone and be silent

Since He has laid it on him.

29Let him put his mouth in the dust,

Perhaps there is hope.

30Let him give his cheek to the smiter,

Let him be filled with reproach.

31For the Lord will not reject forever,

32For if He causes grief,

Then He will have compassion

According to His abundant lovingkindness.

33For He does not afflict willingly

Or grieve the sons of men.

Psalm 30

1I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up,

And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.

2O LORD my God,

I cried to You for help, and You healed me.

3O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;

You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.

4Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,

And give thanks to His holy name.

5For His anger is but for a moment,

His favor is for a lifetime;

Weeping may last for the night,

But a shout of joy comes in the morning.

6Now as for me, I said in my prosperity,

“I will never be moved.”

7O LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong;

You hid Your face, I was dismayed.

8To You, O LORD, I called,

And to the Lord I made supplication:

9“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?

Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?

10“Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me;

O LORD, be my helper.”

11You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;

You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,

12That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.

O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

2 Corinthians 8:7-15

7But just as you abound in everything, in faith and utterance and knowledge and in all earnestness and in the love we inspired in you, see that you abound in this gracious work also.8I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.9For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich.10I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.11But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so theremay be also the completion of it by your ability.12For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.13For this is not for the ease of others and for your affliction, but by way of equality—14at this present time your abundance being asupply for their need, so that their abundance also may become a supply for your need, that there may be equality;15as it is written, “HE WHOgatheredMUCH DID NOT HAVE TOO MUCH, AND HE WHOgatheredLITTLE HAD NO LACK.”

Mark 5:21-43

21When Jesus had crossed over again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him; and so He stayed by the seashore.22One of the synagogue officials named Jairus *came up, and on seeing Him, *fell at His feet23and *implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.”24And He went off with him; and a large crowd was following Him and pressing in on Him.

25A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years,26and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse—27after hearing about Jesus, she came up in the crowd behind Him and touched His cloak.28For she thought, “If I just touch His garments, I will get well.”29Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.30Immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My garments?”31And His disciples said to Him, “You see the crowd pressing in on You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’”32And He looked around to see the woman who had done this.33But the woman fearing and trembling, aware of what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth.34And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”

35While He was still speaking, they *came from the house of the synagogue official, saying, “Your daughter has died; why trouble the Teacher anymore?”36But Jesus, overhearing what was being spoken, *said to the synagogue official, “Do not be afraid anylonger, only believe.”37And He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John the brother of James.38They *came to the house of the synagogue official; and He *saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing.39And entering in, He *said to them, “Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is asleep.”40They began laughing at Him. But putting them all out, He *took along the child’s father and mother and His own companions, and *entered the room where the child was.41Taking the child by the hand, He *said to her, “Talitha kum!” (which translated means, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).42Immediately the girl got up and began to walk, for she was twelve years old. And immediately they were completely astounded.43And He gave them strict orders that no one should know about this, and He said that something should be given her to eat.

Ezekiel 2:1-5

The Prophet’s Call

1Then He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!”2As He spoke to me the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet; and I heard Him speaking to me.3Then He said to me, “Son of man, I am sending you to the sons of Israel, to a rebellious people who have rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.4“I am sending you to them who are stubborn and obstinate children, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD.’5“As for them, whether they listen or not—for they are a rebellious house—they will know that a prophet has been among them.

Psalm 123

1To You I lift up my eyes,

O You who are enthroned in the heavens!

2Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,

As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

So our eyes look to the LORD our God,

Until He is gracious to us.

3Be gracious to us, O LORD, be gracious to us,

For we are greatly filled with contempt.

4Our soul is greatly filled

With the scoffing of those who are at ease,

And with the contempt of the proud.

2 Corinthians 12:2-10

2I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a man was caught up to the third heaven.3And I know how such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows—4was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak.5On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses.6For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain fromthis, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.

A Thorn in the Flesh

7Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me.9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

Mark 6:1-13

Teaching at Nazareth

1Jesus went out from there and *came into His hometown; and His disciples *followed Him.2When the Sabbath came, He began to teach in the synagogue; and the many listeners were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things, and what is this wisdom given to Him, and such miracles as these performed by His hands?3“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? Are not His sisters here with us?” And they took offense at Him.4Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household.”5And He could do no miracle there except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.6And He wondered at their unbelief.

And He was going around the villages teaching.

The Twelve Sent Out

7And He *summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits;8and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belt—9but to wear sandals; and He added,“Do not put on two tunics.”10And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town.11“Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.”12They went out and preached that men should repent.13And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.

John’s Fate Recalled

Amos 7:7-15

7Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standing by a vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand.8The LORD said to me, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,

“Behold I am about to put a plumb line

In the midst of My people Israel.

I will spare them no longer.

9“The high places of Isaac will be desolated

And the sanctuaries of Israel laid waste.

Then I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

Amos Accused, Answers

10Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel; the land is unable to endure all his words.11“For thus Amos says, ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword and Israel will certainly go from its land into exile.’”12Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Go, you seer, flee away to the land of Judah and there eat bread and there do your prophesying!13“But no longer prophesy at Bethel, for it is a sanctuary of the king and a royal residence.”

14Then Amos replied to Amaziah, “I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a grower of sycamore figs.15“But the LORD took me from following the flock and the LORD said to me, ‘Go prophesy to My people Israel.’

Psalm 85:8-13

8I will hear what God the LORD will say;

For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones;

But let them not turn back to folly.

9Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,

That glory may dwell in our land.

10Lovingkindness and truth have met together;

Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11Truth springs from the earth,

And righteousness looks down from heaven.

12Indeed, the LORD will give what is good,

And our land will yield its produce.

13Righteousness will go before Him

And will make His footsteps into a way.

Ephesians 1:3-14

3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,4just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love5He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,6to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.7In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace8which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight9He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him10with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him11also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,12to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.13In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise,14who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.

Mark 6:14-29

14And King Herod heard of it, for His name had become well known; and people were saying, “John the Baptist has risen from the dead, and that is why these miraculous powers are at work in Him.”15But others were saying, “He is Elijah.” And others were saying, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.16But when Herod heard of it, he kept saying, “John, whom I beheaded, has risen!”

17For Herod himself had sent and had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, because he had married her.18For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”19Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death and could not do so;20for Herod was afraid of John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. And when he heard him, he was very perplexed; but he used to enjoy listening to him.21A strategic day came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his lords and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee;22and when the daughter of Herodias herself came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you want and I will give it to you.”23And he swore to her, “Whatever you ask of me, I will give it to you; up to half of my kingdom.”24And she went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.”25Immediately she came in a hurry to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”26And although the king was very sorry, yet because of his oaths and because of his dinner guests, he was unwilling to refuse her.27Immediately the king sent an executioner and commanded him to bring back his head. And he went and had him beheaded in the prison,28and brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl; and the girl gave it to her mother.29When his disciples heard about this, they came and took away his body and laid it in a tomb.

Jeremiah 23:1-6

The Coming Messiah: the Righteous Branch

1“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD.2Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the LORD.3“Then I Myself will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.4“I will also raise up shepherds over them and they will tend them; and they will not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.

5“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,

“When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch;

And He will reign as king and act wisely

And do justice and righteousness in the land.

6“In His days Judah will be saved,

And Israel will dwell securely;

And this is His name by which He will be called,

‘The LORD our righteousness.’

Psalm 23

1The LORD is my shepherd,

I shall not want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside quiet waters.

3He restores my soul;

He guides me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I fear no evil, for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You have anointed my head with oil;

My cup overflows.

6Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,

And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Ephesians 2:11-22

11Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands—12remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.13But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.14For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,15by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,16and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.17AND HE CAME AND PREACHEDPEACE TO YOU WHO WEREFAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERENEAR;18for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household,20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone,21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.

Mark 6:30-34, 53-56

2 Kings 4:42-44

42Now a man came from Baal-shalishah, and brought the man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.”43His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’”44So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.

Psalm 145:10-18

10All Your works shall give thanks to You, O LORD,

And Your godly ones shall bless You.

11They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom

And talk of Your power;

12To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts

And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.

13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

14The LORD sustains all who fall

And raises up all who are bowed down.

15The eyes of all look to You,

And You give them their food in due time.

16You open Your hand

And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17The LORD is righteous in all His ways

And kind in all His deeds.

18The LORD is near to all who call upon Him,

To all who call upon Him in truth.

Ephesians 3:14-21

14For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,16that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,18may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,19and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

20Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.

John 6:1-21

Five Thousand Fed

1After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias).2A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick.3Then Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples.4Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was near.5Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, *said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?”6This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do.7Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, for everyone to receive a little.”8One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, *said to Him,9“There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people?”10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.11Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted.12When they were filled, He *said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.”13So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.14Therefore when the people saw the sign which He had performed, they said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”

Jesus Walks on the Water

15So Jesus, perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king, withdrew again to the mountain by Himself alone.

16Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,17and after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.18The sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing.19Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, they *saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened.20But He *said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”21So they were willing to receive Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

Psalm 78:23-29

23Yet He commanded the clouds above

And opened the doors of heaven;

24He rained down manna upon them to eat

And gave them food from heaven.

25Man did eat the bread of angels;

He sent them food in abundance.

26He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens

And by His power He directed the south wind.

27When He rained meat upon them like the dust,

Even winged fowl like the sand of the seas,

28Then He let them fall in the midst of their camp,

Round about their dwellings.

29So they ate and were well filled,

And their desire He gave to them.

Ephesians 4:1-16

Unity of the Spirit

1Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,2with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love,3being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.4There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;5one Lord, one faith, one baptism,6one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

7But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.8Therefore it says,

“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,

HELED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,

AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”

9(Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?10He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.)11And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,12for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;13until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.14As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;15but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,16from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.

The Christian’s Walk

John 6:24-35

24So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.25When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?”

Words to the People

26Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.27“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.”28Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”29Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”30So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform?31“Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TOEAT.’”32Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.33“For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”34Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.”

35Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

1 Kings 19:4-8

4But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”5He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.”6Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again.7The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.”8So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Elijah at Horeb

Psalm 34:1-8

1I will bless the LORD at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2My soul will make its boast in the LORD;

The humble will hear it and rejoice.

3O magnify the LORD with me,

And let us exalt His name together.

4I sought the LORD, and He answered me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

5They looked to Him and were radiant,

And their faces will never be ashamed.

6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him

And saved him out of all his troubles.

7The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him,

And rescues them.

8O taste and see that the LORD is good;

How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

25Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONEof youWITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.26BE ANGRY, ANDyetDO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,27and do not give the devil an opportunity.28He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.29Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.32Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Be Imitators of God

1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

John 6:35, 41-51

Proverbs 9:1-6

1Wisdom has built her house,

She has hewn out her seven pillars;

2She has prepared her food, she has mixed her wine;

She has also set her table;

3She has sent out her maidens, she calls

From the tops of the heights of the city:

4“Whoever is naive, let him turn in here!”

To him who lacks understanding she says,

5“Come, eat of my food

And drink of the wine I have mixed.

6“Forsake your folly and live,

And proceed in the way of understanding.”

Psalm 34:9-14

9O fear the LORD, you His saints;

For to those who fear Him there is no want.

10The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;

But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.

11Come, you children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12Who is the man who desires life

And loves length of days that he may see good?

13Keep your tongue from evil

And your lips from speaking deceit.

14Depart from evil and do good;

Seek peace and pursue it.

Ephesians 5:15-20

15Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,16making the most of your time, because the days are evil.17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,19speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;20always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;

John 6:51-58

51“I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.”

52Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?”53So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.54“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.55“For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink.56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18

Psalm 34:15-22

15The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous

And His ears are open to their cry.

16The face of the LORD is against evildoers,

To cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17The righteous cry, and the LORD hears

And delivers them out of all their troubles.

18The LORD is near to the brokenhearted

And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

But the LORD delivers him out of them all.

20He keeps all his bones,

Not one of them is broken.

21Evil shall slay the wicked,

And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,

And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

Ephesians 6:10-20

10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.11Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.13Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.14Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVINGPUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,15and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;16in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.17And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

John 6:56-69

56“He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.57“As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me.58“This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Words to the Disciples

59These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

60Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this said, “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?”61But Jesus, conscious that His disciples grumbled at this, said to them, “Does this cause you to stumble?62What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before?63“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.64“But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.65And He was saying, “For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father.”

Peter’s Confession of Faith

66As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore.67So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?”68Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.69“We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.”

Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9

Psalm 15

1O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?

Who may dwell on Your holy hill?

2He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,

And speaks truth in his heart.

3He does not slander with his tongue,

Nor does evil to his neighbor,

Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;

4In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,

But who honors those who fear the LORD;

He swears to his own hurt and does not change;

5He does not put out his money at interest,

Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.

He who does these things will never be shaken.

James 1:17-27

17Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.18In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

19This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;20for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.21Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.22But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;24for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.25But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

26If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.27Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23