Friday 30 April

Risen Christ,
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

Ephesians 6.1–9
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honour your father and mother’—this is the first commandment with a promise: ‘so that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.’
 And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, in singleness of heart, as you obey Christ; not only while being watched, and in order to please them, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. Render service with enthusiasm, as to the Lord and not to men and women, knowing that whatever good we do, we will receive the same again from the Lord, whether we are slaves or free.
 And, masters, do the same to them. Stop threatening them, for you know that both of you have the same Master in heaven, and with him there is no partiality.

    Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
   for it is good for the just to sing praises.
    Praise the Lord with the lyre;
   on the ten-stringed harp sing his praise.
    Sing for him a new song;
   play skilfully, with shouts of praise.
    For the word of the Lord is true
   and all his works are sure.
    He loves righteousness and justice;
   the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord.
    By the word of the Lord were the heavens made
   and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
    He gathers up the waters of the sea as in a waterskin
   and lays up the deep in his treasury.
    Let all the earth fear the Lord;
   stand in awe of him, all who dwell in the world.
    For he spoke, and it was done;
   he commanded, and it stood fast.
      The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to naught;
   he frustrates the designs of the peoples.
      But the counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever
   and the designs of his heart from generation to generation.
      Happy the nation whose God is the Lord
   and the people he has chosen for his own.
      The Lord looks down from heaven
   and beholds all the children of earth.
      From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze
   on all who dwell on the earth.
      He fashions all the hearts of them
   and understands all their works.
      No king is saved by the might of his host;
   no warrior delivered by his great strength.
      A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
   for all its strength it cannot save.
      Behold, the eye of the Lord
      is upon those who fear him,
   on those who wait in hope for his steadfast love,
      To deliver their soul from death
   and to feed them in time of famine.
      Our soul waits longingly for the Lord;
   he is our help and our shield.
      Indeed, our heart rejoices in him;
   in his holy name have we put our trust.
      Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us,
   as we have set our hope on you.