Readings for August 1, 2021 Proper 13 Year B Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Exodus 16:2-4 (5-8) 9-15           Ephesians 4:1-16          

John 6:24-35                            Psalm 78:(1-13) 14-26



Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your grace that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


THE FIRST LESSON                                Exodus 16:2-4 (5-8) 9-15

2 And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3 and the people of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I am about to rain bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out and gather a day's portion every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in my law or not. 5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather daily.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “At evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against the Lord. For what are we, that you grumble against us?” 8 And Moses said, “When the Lord gives you in the evening meat to eat and in the morning bread to the full, because the Lord has heard your grumbling that you grumble against him—what are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”

9 Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’” 10 And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. 11 And the Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

13 In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp. 14 And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. 15 When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.


PSALM 78:(1-13) 14-26         

  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 utter dark sayings of old,

  3. Which we have heard and known, * and such as our forefathers have told us,

  4. That we should not hide them from the children of the generations to come, * but show the honor of the Lord, his mighty and wonderful works that he has done.

  5. He made a covenant with Jacob, and gave Israel a law, * which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children,

  6. That their posterity might know it, * and the children which were yet unborn;

  7. With the intent that when they came up * they might show it to their children,

  8. That they might put their trust in God, * and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments;

  9. And not be as their forefathers, a faithless and stubborn generation, * a generation that did not set their heart aright, and whose spirit did not cleave steadfastly to God,

  10. Like the children of Ephraim, archers carrying bows, * who turned back in the day of battle.

  11. They did not keep the covenant of God, * and would not walk in his law,

  12. But forgot what he had done, * and the wonderful works that he had shown them.

  13. Marvelous things he did in the sight of our forefathers, * in the land of Egypt, even in the field of Zoan.

  14. He divided the sea and let them go through; * he made the waters to stand in a heap. 

  15. In the daytime he led them with a cloud, * and all the night through with a light of fire. 

  16. He split the hard rocks in the wilderness * and gave them drink in abundance, as out of the great deep.

  17. Yet for all this they sinned more against him, * and provoked the Most High in the wilderness.

  18. They tested God in their hearts * and demanded food for their craving.

  19. They spoke against God, saying, * “Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?

  20. Indeed, he smote the stony rock, so that water gushed out, and the streams overflowed; * but can he give bread also, or provide meat for his people?”

  21. When the Lord heard this, he was full of wrath; * so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and there flared up fierce anger against Israel,

  22. Because they did not believe in God, * and did not put their trust in his help.

  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 food from heaven.

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

THE SECOND LESSON                            Ephesians 4:1-16

4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. 8 Therefore it says,“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”

9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.


THE HOLY GOSPEL                                   John 6:24-35         

24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.

25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, 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 from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

Readings for August 8, 2021 Proper 14 Year B Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Deuteronomy 8:1-10               Ephesians 4:17-5:2         

John 6:37-51                            Psalm 34:(1-7) 8-15 (16-22)



Almighty God, give us the increase of faith, hope, and love; and, that we may obtain what you have promised, make us love what you command; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


THE FIRST LESSON                                  Deuteronomy 8:1-10

8 “The whole commandment that I command you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land that the Lord swore to give to your fathers. 2 And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3 And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. 5 Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. 6 So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 7 For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing out in the valleys and hills, 8 a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, 9 a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing, a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. 10 And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.


PSALM 34:(1-7) 8-15 (16-22)

1 I will always give thanks unto the Lord; * his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; * the humble shall hear this and be glad.

3 O praise the Lord with me, * and let us magnify his Name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me; * he delivered me out of all my fears.

5 They looked unto him, and were made glad, and their faces were not ashamed.

6 Look, the poor man cries, and the Lord hears him, * and saves him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord camps round about those who fear him, * and delivers them in time of need.

8 O taste and see how gracious the Lord is; * blessed is the one who trusts in him.

9 O fear the Lord, you that are his saints; * for those who fear him lack nothing.

10 The lions lack and suffer hunger, * but those who seek the Lord shall lack nothing that is good.

11 Come, children, and listen to me; * I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 Who among you desires to live, * and longs to see good days?

13 Keep your tongue from evil, * and your lips from speaking lies.

14 Turn from evil and do good; * seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, * and his ears are open to their prayers.

16 The countenance of the Lord is against those who do evil, * to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them * and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is near to those who are brokenhearted * and will save those who are crushed in spirit.

19 Great are the troubles of the righteous, * but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

20 He keeps all his bones, * so that not one of them is broken.

21 But evil shall slay the ungodly, * and those who hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord delivers the souls of his servants, * and all those who put their trust in him shall not be destitute.


THE SECOND LESSON                             Ephesians 4:17-5:2         

17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.


THE HOLY GOSPEL                                   John 6:37-51         

37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”