Friday 8 January

O God,
who by the leading of a star
manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
mercifully grant that we,
who know you now by faith,
may at last behold your glory face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

1 John 4.7-21
 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.
 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Saviour of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us.
God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgement, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must love their brothers and sisters also.

Psalm 46
    God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble;
    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved,
   and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea;
    Though the waters rage and swell,
   and though the mountains quake at the towering seas.
    There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High.
    God is in the midst of her;
      therefore shall she not be removed;
   God shall help her at the break of day.
    The nations are in uproar and the kingdoms are shaken,
   but God utters his voice and the earth shall melt away.
    The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
    Come and behold the works of the Lord,
   what destruction he has wrought upon the earth.
    He makes wars to cease in all the world;
   he shatters the bow and snaps the spear
      and burns the chariots in the fire.
      ‘Be still, and know that I am God;
   I will be exalted among the nations;
      I will be exalted in the earth.’
      The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.