Friday 14 May

Risen Christ,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

John 15.9–17
As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.
 ‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

Psalm 15
    Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle?
   Who may rest upon your holy hill?
    Whoever leads an uncorrupt life
   and does the thing that is right;
    Who speaks the truth from the heart
   and bears no deceit on the tongue;
    Who does no evil to a friend
   and pours no scorn on a neighbour;
    In whose sight the wicked are not esteemed,
   but who honours those who fear the Lord.
    Whoever has sworn to a neighbour
   and never goes back on that word;
    Who does not lend money in hope of gain,
   nor takes a bribe against the innocent;
    Whoever does these things
   shall never fall.