AUGUST 12TH READINGS

FIRST LESSON                                                                                 1 Kings 19:4-8
Lector         A reading from the First Book of Kings.
 
Elijah went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the broom tree and fell asleep. Suddenly an angel touched him and said to him, “Get up and eat.” He looked, and there at his head was a cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. He ate and drank, and lay down again. The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.” He got up, and ate and drank; then he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God.
 
SECOND LESSON                                                               Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Lector     A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians.

Putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil. Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
 
Let us pray to the Father through the Son in whom he has been revealed.

Cleanse the Church from all malice and dissension. Grant to your people the unity of purpose that will spread peace to others. Give those you have called to your service grace to be ministers of the bread of life.

Look with compassion on the world where anger so often prevails over love, where false speech and evil words destroy human fellowship. Make all know the peace that is in Christ through his death and resurrection.

In all our words, to families and friends, to neighbors and colleagues, help us to speak gently and with understanding. Bring reconciliation wherever fellowship has been broken.

Have mercy on those whose lives are filled with bitterness, and who cannot find freedom from personal guilt. Relieve them with the knowledge of your redeeming love.

According to your promise, grant eternal life to those who have died in the faith of Christ. As they were strengthened by the bread of life in this world, grant them everlasting refreshment in your heavenly Kingdom.

 [Here other intercessions may be offered.]

We pray through Christ who has called us to himself and will raise us up to eternal life.  Amen.