Sunday, August 19, 2018
Lectionary 20

First Reading: Proverbs 9:1-6

Wisdom is portrayed as a woman who invites people to partake of her banquet. Just as ordinary food is necessary for physical life, Wisdom’s food—insight and understanding—is necessary for fullness of life with God. Partaking of Wisdom’s banquet is the way to life.

1Wisdom has built her house,
  she has hewn her seven pillars.
2She has slaughtered her animals, she has mixed her wine,
  she has also set her table.
3She has sent out her servant-girls, she calls
  from the highest places in the town,
4“You that are simple, turn in here!”
  To those without sense she says,
5“Come, eat of my bread
  and drink of the wine I have mixed.
6Lay aside immaturity, and live,
  and walk in the way of insight.”

Semicontinuous First Reading: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

Solomon, son of David and Bathsheba, becomes king over Israel when his father dies. He asks the Lord for wisdom in order to govern the people. The Lord grants his request, and Solomon becomes known far and wide for his great wisdom.

10David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. 11The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 12So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.
3:3Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places. 4The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.” 6And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. 7And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. 9Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”
10It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, 12I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. 13I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor all your life; no other king shall compare with you. 14If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”

 

Psalm: Psalm 34:9-14

Those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good. (Ps. 34:10)

9Fear the Lord, you saints | of the Lord,
  for those who fear the | Lord lack nothing.
10The lions are in want and | suffer hunger,
  but those who seek the Lord lack nothing | that is good. R
11Come, children, and lis- | ten to me;
  I will teach you reverence | for the Lord.
12Who among you takes plea- | sure in life
  and desires long life to en- | joy prosperity?
13Keep your | tongue from evil
  and your lips from | lying words.
14Turn from evil | and do good;
  seek peace | and pursue it. R

Semicontinuous Psalm: Psalm 111

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Ps. 111:10)

1Hallelujah! I will give thanks to the Lord with | my whole heart,
  in the assembly of the upright, in the | congregation.
2Great are your | works, O Lord,
  pondered by all who de- | light in them.
3Majesty and splendor | mark your deeds,
  and your righteousness en- | dures forever.
4You cause your wonders to | be remembered;
  you are gracious and full | of compassion. R
5You give food to | those who fear you,
  remembering forev- | er your covenant.
6You have shown your people the power | of your works
  in giving them the lands | of the nations.
7The works of your hands are faithful- | ness and justice;
  all of your pre- | cepts are sure.
8They stand fast forev- | er and ever,
  because they are done in | truth and equity. R
9You sent redemption to your people and commanded your cove- | nant forever;
  holy and awesome | is your name.
10The fear of the Lord is the begin- | ning of wisdom;
  all who practice this have a good understanding. God’s praise en- | dures forever. R

Second Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20

True wisdom integrates our new reality in Christ with our Christian fellowship and daily conduct. Because we are filled with the Spirit, Christians regularly rejoice together, give thanks to God for one another, and care for one another. In this way we revere our Lord Jesus Christ.

15Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, 19as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 20giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel: John 6:51-58

In John’s gospel, the feeding of the five thousand leads to extended teaching in which Jesus identifies himself as the true “bread of life.” Finally, in these verses, he makes a connection that would not be understood until after his death, in light of the church’s celebration of holy communion.

[Jesus said,] 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.”
52The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; 55for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 56Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. 57Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. 58This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

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