Sunday 18 April

Almighty Father,
who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples
   with the sight of the risen Lord:
give us such knowledge of his presence with us,
that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
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.

Luke 24.36b–48
 While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
 Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.

Psalm 4
    Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness;
   you set me at liberty when I was in trouble;
      have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
    How long will you nobles dishonour my glory;
   how long will you love vain things and seek after falsehood?
    But know that the Lord has shown me his marvellous kindness;
   when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me.
    Stand in awe, and sin not;
   commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.
    Offer the sacrifices of righteousness
   and put your trust in the Lord.
    There are many that say, ‘Who will show us any good?’
   Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.
    You have put gladness in my heart,
   more than when their corn and wine and oil increase.
    In peace I will lie down and sleep,
   for it is you Lord, only, who make me dwell in safety.