BETWEEN 31 JULY AND 6 AUGUST
your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry
with the bread of his life
and the word of his kingdom.
Renew your people with your heavenly grace,
and in all our weakness
sustain us by your true and living bread,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE SECOND BOOK OF SAMUEL
When the wife of Uriah
heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him.
When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his
house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing
that David had done displeased the Lord, and the Lord sent Nathan
to David. He came to him, and said to him, "There were two
men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich
man had very many flocks and herds; but the poor man had nothing
but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. He brought it up,
and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of
his meagre fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and
it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveller to the
rich man, and he was loath to take one of his own flock or herd to
prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor
man's lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to
him." Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man.
He said to Nathan, "As the Lord lives, the man who has done
this deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because
he did this thing, and because he had no pity." Nathan said
to David, "You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of
Israel: I anointed you king over Israel, and I rescued you from
the hand of Saul; I gave you your master's house, and your
master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel
and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added
as much more. Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do
what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite
with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have
killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the
sword shall never depart from your house, for you have despised
me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.
Thus says the Lord: I will raise up trouble against you from
within your own house; and I will take your wives before your
eyes, and give them to your neighbour, and he shall lie with your
wives in the sight of this very sun. For you did it secretly; but
I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun."
David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord."
2 SAMUEL 11:26-12:13A
REFRAIN Create in me a
clean heart, O God.
mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; in your
great compassion blot out my offences.
me through and through from my wickedness and cleanse me from my
I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.
you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. R
so you are justified when you speak and upright in your judgement.
I have been wicked from my birth, a sinner from my mother's womb.
behold, you look for truth deep within me, and will make me
understand wisdom secretly.
me from my sin, and I shall be pure; wash me, and I shall be clean
me hear of joy and gladness, that the body you have broken may
your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. R
in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
me not away from your presence and take not your holy Spirit from
me the joy of your saving help again and sustain me with your
bountiful Spirit. R
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
I therefore, the
prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling
to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness,
with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every
effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the
one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one
God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in
all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of
Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, "When he ascended on
high he made captivity itself a captive; he gave gifts to his
people." (When it says, "He ascended," what does it
mean but that he had also descended into the lower parts of the
earth? He who descended is the same one who ascended far above all
the heavens, so that he might fill all things.) The gifts he gave
were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists,
some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of
ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come
to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ. We must
no longer be children, tossed to and fro and blown about by every
wind of doctrine, by people's trickery, by their craftiness in
deceitful scheming. But speaking the truth in love, we must grow
up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom
the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with
which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes
the body's growth in building itself up in love.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
When the crowd saw that
neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got
into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they
found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him,
"Rabbi, when did you come here?" Jesus answered them,
"Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because
you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not
work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for
eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him
that God the Father has set his seal." Then they said to him,
"What must we do to perform the works of God?" Jesus
answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in
him whom he has sent." So they said to him, "What sign
are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe
you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in
the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven
to eat.'" Then Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell
you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it
is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the
bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life
to the world." They said to him, "Sir, give us this
bread always." 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."
OVER THE GIFTS
God our sustainer,
accept all we offer you this day,
and feed us continually with that bread
which satisfies all hunger,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.
God of grace,
we have shared in the mystery
of the body and blood of Christ.
May we who have tasted the bread of life
live with you for ever.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.