Friday 7 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 3.1–12
Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold ornaments or fine clothing; rather, let your adornment be the inner self with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in God’s sight. It was in this way long ago that the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves by accepting the authority of their husbands. Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord. You have become her daughters as long as you do what is good and never let fears alarm you.
 Husbands, in the same way, show consideration for your wives in your life together, paying honour to the woman as the weaker sex, since they too are also heirs of the gracious gift of life—so that nothing may hinder your prayers.
 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For
‘Those who desire life
   and desire to see good days,
let them keep their tongues from evil
   and their lips from speaking deceit;
 let them turn away from evil and do good;
   let them seek peace and pursue it.
 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’

Psalm 138
    I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods will I sing praise to you.
    I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name,
      because of your love and faithfulness;
   for you have glorified your name
      and your word above all things.
    In the day that I called to you, you answered me;
   you put new strength in my soul.
    All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth.
    They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
   that great is the glory of the Lord.
    Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly;
   as for the proud, he regards them from afar.
    Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
      you will preserve me;
   you will stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
      your right hand will save me.
    The Lord shall make good his purpose for me;
   your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever;
      forsake not the work of your hands.