Wednesday 28 April

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Ephesians 5.1–14
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
 But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints. Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be associated with them. For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light— for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
‘Sleeper, awake!
   Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.’

Psalm 119.57–80
      You only are my portion, O Lord;
   I have promised to keep your words.
      I entreat you with all my heart,
   be merciful to me according to your promise.
      I have considered my ways
   and turned my feet back to your testimonies.
      I made haste and did not delay
   to keep your commandments.
      Though the cords of the wicked entangle me,
   I do not forget your law.
      At midnight I will rise to give you thanks,
   because of your righteous judgements.
      I am a companion of all those who fear you,
   those who keep your commandments.
      The earth, O Lord, is full of your faithful love;
   instruct me in your statutes.
      You have dealt graciously with your servant,
   according to your word, O Lord.
      O teach me true understanding and knowledge,
   for I have trusted in your commandments.
      Before I was afflicted I went astray,
   but now I keep your word.
      You are gracious and do good;
   O Lord, teach me your statutes.
      The proud have smeared me with lies,
   but I will keep your commandments with my whole heart.
      Their heart has become gross with fat,
   but my delight is in your law.
      It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
   that I may learn your statutes.
      The law of your mouth is dearer to me
   than a hoard of gold and silver.
      Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
   give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
      Those who fear you will be glad when they see me,
   because I have hoped in your word.
      I know, O Lord, that your judgements are right,
   and that in very faithfulness you caused me to be troubled.
      Let your faithful love be my comfort,
   according to your promise to your servant.
      Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live,
   for your law is my delight.
      Let the proud be put to shame, for they wrong me with lies;
   but I will meditate on your commandments.
      Let those who fear you turn to me,
   even those who know your testimonies.
      Let my heart be sound in your statutes,
   that I may not be put to shame.