Thursday 22 April

Collect
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 2.11–22
So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

Psalm 136
    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever.
    Give thanks to the God of gods,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever.
    Give thanks to the Lord of lords,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
    Who alone does great wonders,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
    Who by wisdom made the heavens,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
    Who laid out the earth upon the waters,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
    Who made the great lights,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
    The sun to rule the day,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
    The moon and the stars to govern the night,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      Who smote the firstborn of Egypt,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      And brought out Israel from among them,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      With a mighty hand and outstretched arm,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      Who divided the Red Sea in two,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      And made Israel to pass through the midst of it,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      But Pharaoh and his host he overthrew in the Red Sea,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      Who led his people through the wilderness,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      Who smote great kings,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      And slew mighty kings,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      Sihon, king of the Amorites,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      And Og, the king of Bashan,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      And gave away their land for a heritage,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      A heritage for Israel his servant,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      Who remembered us when we were in trouble,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      And delivered us from our enemies,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever;
      Who gives food to all creatures,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever.
      Give thanks to the God of heaven,︎
   for his mercy endures for ever.