whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came from heaven
to be the true bread which gives life to the world,
evermore give us this bread,
that he may live in us, and we in him,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF NUMBERS
From Mount Hor they set
out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but
the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against
God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of
Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water,
and we detest this miserable food." Then the Lord sent
poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so
that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said,
"We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you;
pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us." So Moses
prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, "Make a
poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is
bitten shall look at it and live." So Moses made a serpent of
bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit
someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
REFRAIN Give thanks to
the Lord, for he is good.
thanks to the Lord, for he is good, and his mercy endures for
all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim that he redeemed
them from the hand of the foe.
gathered them out of the lands; from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south. R
were fools and took to rebellious ways; they were afflicted
because of their sins.
abhorred all manner of food and drew near to death's door.
they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them
from their distress. R
sent forth his word and healed them and saved them from the grave.
them give thanks to the Lord for his mercy and the wonders he does
for his children.
them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving and tell of his acts with
shouts of joy. R
PSALM 107:1-3, 17-22
READING FROM THE LETTER OF PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS
You were dead through
the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the
course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air,
the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.
All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh,
following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature
children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in
mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we
were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with
Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up with him
and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so
that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of
his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you
have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it
is the gift of God - not the result of works, so that no one may
boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for
good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
Jesus said, "Just
as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son
of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal
life. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so
that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have
eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to
condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved
through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those
who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not
believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the
judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people
loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light,
so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is
true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their
deeds have been done in God."
OVER THE GIFTS
God of mercy and compassion,
your Word calls us home to faith and love.
Accept all we offer you this day,
in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.
Giver of life,
you enlighten all who come into the world.
Fill our hearts with the splendour of your grace,
that we may perfectly love you
and worthily praise your holy name,
through Jesus Christ the Lord.