Tuesday 4 May

Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

1 Peter 1.13–25
 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed. Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’
 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
 Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart.You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.For
‘All flesh is like grass
   and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
   and the flower falls,
 but the word of the Lord endures for ever.’
That word is the good news that was announced to you.

Psalm 96
    Sing to the Lord a new song;
   sing to the Lord, all the earth.
    Sing to the Lord and bless his name;
   tell out his salvation from day to day.
    Declare his glory among the nations
   and his wonders among all peoples.
    For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;
   he is more to be feared than all gods.
    For all the gods of the nations are but idols;
   it is the Lord who made the heavens.
    Honour and majesty are before him;
   power and splendour are in his sanctuary.
    Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples;
   ascribe to the Lord honour and strength.
    Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to his name;
   bring offerings and come into his courts.
    O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
   let the whole earth tremble before him.
      Tell it out among the nations that the Lord is king.
   He has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;
      he will judge the peoples with equity.
      Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad;
   let the sea thunder and all that is in it;
      Let the fields be joyful and all that is in them;
   let all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the Lord.
      For he comes, he comes to judge the earth;
   with righteousness he will judge the world
      and the peoples with his truth.