Monday 19 April

Living God,
your Son made himself known to his disciples
in the breaking of bread:
open the eyes of our faith,
that we may see him in all his redeeming work;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.  Amen.

Ephesians 1.1–14
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Psalm 96
    Sing to the Lord a new song;︎
   sing to the Lord, all the earth.
    Sing to the Lord and bless his name;︎
   tell out his salvation from day to day.
    Declare his glory among the nations︎
   and his wonders among all peoples.
    For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;︎
   he is more to be feared than all gods.
    For all the gods of the nations are but idols;︎
   it is the Lord who made the heavens.
    Honour and majesty are before him;︎
   power and splendour are in his sanctuary.
    Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples;︎
   ascribe to the Lord honour and strength.
    Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name;︎
   bring offerings and come into his courts.
    O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;︎
   let the whole earth tremble before him.
      Tell it out among the nations that the Lord is king.︎
   He has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
      he will judge the peoples with equity.
      Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad;︎
   let the sea thunder and all that is in it;
      Let the fields be joyful and all that is in them;︎
   let all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the Lord.
      For he comes, he comes to judge the earth;︎
   with righteousness he will judge the world
      and the peoples with his truth.