Proper 14 (Year B)

(Sunday between August 7 and August 13 inclusive)

Summary

In the readings for this Sunday, an angel brings food and drink to Elijah in the wilderness (1 Kings 19:4-8). The psalmist says: I cried to the Lord for deliverance; taste and see that God is good (Psalm 34:1-8). Paul exhorts us to put away bitterness; be kind to one another; be imitators of God (Ephesians 4:25-5:2). In John, Jesus says: I am the bread of life that has come down from heaven (John 5:35, 41-51).

Lectionary Readings

1 Kings 19:4-8

4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” 8 He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.

Psalm 34:1-8

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me,
    and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Look to him, and be radiant;
    so your faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,
    and was saved from every trouble.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good;
    happy are those who take refuge in him.

Ephesians 4:25-5:2

25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not make room for the devil. 28 Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. 29 Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 31 Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, 32 and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. 5 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, 2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

John 6:35, 41-51

35 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...

41 Then the Jews began to complain about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They were saying, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not complain among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me; and I will raise that person up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall 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 the one who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Very truly, I tell you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your ancestors 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. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

Liturgical Elements

Call to Worship

Psalm 34:1-3

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together.

Prayer of the Day

Based on Psalm 34:4-8, John 6:47-51

Restoring God,
you are the one who answers our prayers
and delivers us from all our fears.
We look to you and are radiant;
in you there is no shame or condemnation.
You are the bread of life, who came down from heaven,
and who brings eternal life to those who believe.
Help us to worship and follow you this day,
to taste and see that you are good.
We are blessed when we take refuge in you.

Song of Response

Lead Sheet

Prayer of Intercession

Based on Ephesians 4:25-5:2

Lord, we come bringing our prayers and petitions to you
as a community seeking to imitate you in all we do.

We pray against falsehood,
asking you to help us speak the truth to our neighbors,
for we are members of one another.
We pray against anger that leads us to sin.
Help us not to harbor anger overnight,
letting evil thoughts consume us, and giving the enemy a foothold.

In your mercy, O Lord,
Hear our prayer.

May we not steal, but labor honestly with our own hands,
willing to share what we have with those in need.
Let no evil talk come out of our mouths,
but only what is useful for building up, as there is need,
so that our words may give grace to those who hear.

In your mercy, O Lord,
Hear our prayer.

And may we not grieve the Holy Spirit,
with which we were marked with a seal for the day of redemption.
O Lord, help us put away from you all bitterness and wrath
and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice.
Help us to be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, as you have forgiven us in Christ.

In your mercy, O Lord,
Hear our prayer.
 
Grant us the desire to be imitators of you, O God,
as your beloved children, and to live in love,
as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

In your mercy, O Lord.
Hear our prayer.

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required