Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – 12 Aug – John 6:41-51 ~ anyone who believes has eternal life

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

God, our Father and provider, whose Son has given his flesh for the life of the world, sustain your pilgrim people on our journey with the word of life and the bread of heaven. Draw us nearer to him that, following his way of sacrificial love, we may come to the banquet of eternal life. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

“Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah” – Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church, Cardiff


Gospel Reading: John 6:41-51 (NLT)

Then the people began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

But Jesus replied, “Stop complaining about what I said. For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. As it is written in the Scriptures,‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. (Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him.)

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

Prayers of Intercession:

Heavenly Father: we enter your presence under the auspices of your Son, Jesus Christ. Hear our prayers and grant us your mercy and help –

+ For all believers who gather in worship this weekend, that we may have fullness of life…
+ For all believers who gather in your name, that we may be bound together in spirit and peace…
+ For all believers who are preparing for another school year, that we may bring out the best in one another…
+ For all who experience despair, to the point of giving up, that you may sustain them with help and hope…
+ For all believers, that they may treat others with love, gentleness, and respect…
+ For all believers travelling during summer holidays, that they may return home refreshed…
+ For all believers who have died, that having received the Bread of Life, they may live forever…

We bless you, O Lord, at all times: from all our terrors you set us free: receive our prayers, and continue your gracious care and provision, we pray, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

“Draw Me Close” – Michael W. Smith


Blessing – Ephesians 3:20-21

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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