Wednesday 21 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.

Ephesians 2.1–10
You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient. All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else. But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

Psalm 105
      O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name;︎
     make known his deeds among the peoples.
      Sing to him, sing praises,︎
     and tell of all his marvellous works.
      Rejoice in the praise of his holy name;︎
     let the hearts of them rejoice who seek the Lord.
      Seek the Lord and his strength;︎
     seek his face continually.
      Remember the marvels he has done,︎
     his wonders and the judgements of his mouth,
      O seed of Abraham his servant,︎
     O children of Jacob his chosen.
      He is the Lord our God;︎
     his judgements are in all the earth.
      He has always been mindful of his covenant,︎
     the promise that he made for a thousand generations:
      The covenant he made with Abraham,︎
     the oath that he swore to Isaac,
        Which he established as a statute for Jacob,︎
     an everlasting covenant for Israel,
        Saying, ‘To you will I give the land of Canaan︎
     to be the portion of your inheritance.’
        When they were but few in number,︎
     of little account, and sojourners in the land,
        Wandering from nation to nation,︎
     from one kingdom to another people,
        He suffered no one to do them wrong︎
     and rebuked even kings for their sake,
        Saying, ‘Touch not my anointed︎
     and do my prophets no harm.’
        Then he called down famine over the land︎
     and broke every staff of bread.
        But he had sent a man before them,︎
     Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
        They shackled his feet with fetters;︎
     his neck was ringed with iron.
        Until all he foretold came to pass,︎
     the word of the Lord tested him.
        The king sent and released him;︎
     the ruler of peoples set him free.
        He appointed him lord of his household︎
     and ruler of all he possessed,
        To instruct his princes as he willed︎
     and to teach his counsellors wisdom.
        Then Israel came into Egypt;︎
     Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
        And the Lord made his people exceedingly fruitful;︎
     he made them too many for their adversaries,
        Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people︎
     and dealt craftily with his servants.
        Then sent he Moses his servant︎
     and Aaron whom he had chosen.
        He showed his signs through their word︎
     and his wonders in the land of Ham.
        He sent darkness and it grew dark;︎
     yet they did not heed his words.
        He turned their waters into blood︎
     and slew all their fish.
        Their land swarmed with frogs,︎
     even in their kings’ chambers.
        He spoke the word, and there came clouds of flies,︎
     swarms of gnats within all their borders.
        He gave them hailstones for rain︎
     and flames of lightning in their land.
        He blasted their vines and their fig trees︎
     and shattered trees across their country.
        He spoke the word, and the grasshoppers came︎
     and young locusts without number;
        They ate every plant in their land︎
     and devoured the fruit of their soil.
        He smote all the firstborn in their land,︎
     the first fruits of all their strength.
        Then he brought them out with silver and gold;︎
     there was not one among their tribes that stumbled.
        Egypt was glad at their departing,︎
     for a dread of them had fallen upon them.
        He spread out a cloud for a covering︎
     and a fire to light up the night.
        They asked and he brought them quails;︎
     he satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
        He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out︎
     and ran in the dry places like a river.
        For he remembered his holy word︎
     and Abraham, his servant.
        So he brought forth his people with joy,︎
     his chosen ones with singing.
        He gave them the lands of the nations︎
     and they took possession of the fruit of their toil,
        That they might keep his statutes︎
     and faithfully observe his laws.