Proper 13 Yr B—
Bread of Life

John 6:24-35

. . . 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.”

From “Some people today are looking for a sign from God to show them that Jesus is the real thing. In God’s word, he has given us the only sign we need. He has given Jesus his seal of approval. He said, “This is my Son.” So, there is no doubt that Jesus is the real thing!”

Scripture: August 5, 2018 (Proper 13)—2 Samuel 11:26–12:13a; Ephesians 4:1–16; Psalm 51:1–12; and John 6:24–35.

Collect: Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Reflection: In what specific situation is God calling you to exercise humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, and love?

Sunday School—check with your teacher (Youth are out for the summer)

Eye Candy: “The Jews gathering manna in the desert” by Nicholas Poussin; “Feeding the 5000” by Ian Pollock; “I am the bread of life” by Jesus Mafa.

Ear Worm: “One Lord” by Lorie True; “One faith, one hope, one Lord” by Craig Courtney; “Christ has no body now but yours” by David Ogden [a beautiful piece].

Brain Food: “I am the bread of life” by Bosco Peters; “Hit me” by Rick Morley;

Bread that lasts

Beloved, what do you work for? What do you seek?
What do you put yourself out for,
expend effort, trade other things for?
Does it give you life? Does it last?
Does it lead you to deeper life, life in me?

Those little bits of power and control,
they’re not all that filling, are they?
That safety and security, not having to think,
doesn’t really taste all that good, does it?
The esteem, the little confining place of belonging—
it’s junk food, isn’t it?

Take and eat.
Better than earned or stolen,
than made or found,
the food that is given tastes best of all.
Feast on this, offered in love.

Open the mouth of your heart, child,
and nurse at the breast of this moment,
to the deep nourishment here in this air,
what feeds and fills and strengthens you.
Nurse from my breast,
take in my divine self for food,
let the Bread that is this life become you.

Drink deeply of me.
You are what you eat.

~Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Movies/Videos: “Ghandhi” (1982), Jesus refusing kingship similar to Ghandhi; “Smoke signals” (1998), intersection between “life on the rez” and the white community; “Eat drink man woman” (1994), interweaving of the motifs of food and the search for love


Study guide, group activity, snacks



: young elementary: activity; bulletin games; craft;
older elementary: activity; bulletin games; craft.




Let’s have an ice cream social. Sunday, August 5th, at 3 pm. I’ll bring ice cream; you bring toppings. If you like, we’ll do once more before the end of August.

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