Sunday 11 April

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Almighty Father,
you have given your only Son to die for our sins
and to rise again for our justification:
grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness
that we may always serve you
in pureness of living and truth;
through the merits of your Son Jesus Christ 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 1.1 – 2.2
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

Psalm 22.20–31
      Deliver my soul from the sword,
   my poor life from the power of the dog.
      Save me from the lion’s mouth,
      from the horns of wild oxen.
   You have answered me!
      I will tell of your name to my people;
   in the midst of the congregation will I praise you.
      Praise the Lord, you that fear him;
   O seed of Jacob, glorify him;
      stand in awe of him, O seed of Israel.
      For he has not despised nor abhorred the suffering of the poor;
      neither has he hidden his face from them;
   but when they cried to him he heard them.
      From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   I will perform my vows
      in the presence of those that fear you.
      The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek the Lord shall praise him;
      their hearts shall live for ever.
      All the ends of the earth
      shall remember and turn to the Lord,
   and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
      For the kingdom is the Lord’s
   and he rules over the nations.
      How can those who sleep in the earth
      bow down in worship,
   or those who go down to the dust kneel before him?
      He has saved my life for himself;
      my descendants shall serve him;
   this shall be told of the Lord for generations to come.
      They shall come and make known his salvation,
      to a people yet unborn,
   declaring that he, the Lord, has done it.