Saturday 24 April

Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

Ephesians 3.14–21
 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
 Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 41
    Blessed are those who consider the poor and needy;︎
   the Lord will deliver them in the time of trouble.
    The Lord preserves them and restores their life,
      that they may be happy in the land;︎
   he will not hand them over to the will of their enemies.
    The Lord sustains them on their sickbed;︎
   their sickness, Lord, you will remove.
    And so I said, ‘Lord, be merciful to me;︎
   heal me, for I have sinned against you.’
    My enemies speak evil about me,︎
   asking when I shall die and my name perish.
    If they come to see me, they utter empty words;︎
   their heart gathers mischief;
      when they go out, they tell it abroad.
    All my enemies whisper together against me,︎
   against me they devise evil,
    Saying that a deadly thing has laid hold on me,︎
   and that I will not rise again from where I lie.
    Even my bosom friend, whom I trusted,
      who ate of my bread,︎
   has lifted up his heel against me.
      But you, O Lord, be merciful to me︎
   and raise me up, that I may reward them.
      By this I know that you favour me,︎
   that my enemy does not triumph over me.
      Because of my integrity you uphold me︎
   and will set me before your face for ever.
      Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,︎
   from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen.