Readings for this coming Sunday

Get ready before you come to church this Sunday by reading the lessons ahead of time to prepare yourself to help understand what God is telling you.

July 21

 

Isaiah 25:6-9   

6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined.  7 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations.  8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.  9 It will be said on that day, "Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation."

 

Ephesians 2:11-22   

11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called "the uncircumcision" by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands-  12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility  15 by abolishing the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,  16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.  17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.  18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.  19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,  20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,  21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.  22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

 

Mark 6:30-44   

30 , The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught.  31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.  32 And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves.       33 Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.  34 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.  35 And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, "This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late.  36 Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat."  37 But he answered them, "You give them something to eat." And they said to him, "Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give it to them to eat?"  38 And he said to them, "How many loaves do you have? Go and see." And when they had found out, they said, "Five, and two fish."  39 Then he commanded them all to sit down in groups on the green grass.  40 So they sat down in groups, by hundreds and by fifties.  41 And taking the five loaves and the two fish he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all.  42 And they all ate and were satisfied.  43 And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish.  44 And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

 

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