Tenth Sunday After Pentecost, August 1, 2021
Prayer of the Day
O God, eternal goodness, immeasurable love, you place your gifts before us; we eat and are satisfied. Fill us and this world in all its need with the life that comes only from you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15
“Bread That Will Last”
Exodus 16:2–4, 9–15, John 6:24–35
The crowds had their fill and yet as time wore on that feeling of satiation has come and gone. Those hunger pangs have returned. They want to be satisfied. So, they go looking for Jesus. Finding him there on the other side of the sea, he offers them a different kind of bread. Something that will last. If they eat from this bread, they will never be hungry again. It is not leftover loaves from yesterday’s lunch or anything that this world can offer. This bread is a pure gift from God. The very bread of life. Jesus himself. How we long for this bread! Like the crowds we go searching for that elusive thing that will alleviate our hunger. Nothing is ever quite enough, until we find ourselves in the presence of the one who is bread, food, life, and salvation himself. It is only there, at his table, where he gives us himself that we are ever truly full.
What Feast of Love, WOV 701
Guide Me Ever, Great Redeemer, LBW 343
In the Singing, ELW 466
I Am the Bread of Life, WOV 702
Come Share the Spirit
ELW Evangelical Lutheran Worship
LBW Lutheran Book of Worship
WOV With One Voice
In our prayers we remember Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois.