Saturday 15 May

Collect
God our Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
may we thirst for you,
the spring of life and source of goodness,
through him who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.  Amen.

1 John 2.7–17
 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says, ‘I am in the light’, while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates another believer is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know the way to go, because the darkness has brought on blindness.
 I am writing to you, little children,
   because your sins are forgiven on account of his name.
 I am writing to you, fathers,
   because you know him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young people,
   because you have conquered the evil one.
 I write to you, children,
   because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
   because you know him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young people,
   because you are strong
   and the word of God abides in you,
     and you have overcome the evil one.
 Do not love the world or the things in the world. The love of the Father is not in those who love the world; for all that is in the world—the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches—comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live for ever.

Psalm 21
    The king shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord;
   how greatly shall he rejoice in your salvation!
    You have given him his heart’s desire
   and have not denied the request of his lips.
    For you come to meet him with blessings of goodness
   and set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
    He asked of you life and you gave it him,
   length of days, for ever and ever.
    His honour is great because of your salvation;
   glory and majesty have you laid upon him.
    You have granted him everlasting felicity
   and will make him glad with joy in your presence.
    For the king puts his trust in the Lord;
   because of the loving-kindness of the Most High,
      he shall not be overthrown.
    Your hand shall mark down all your enemies;
   your right hand will find out those who hate you.
    You will make them like a fiery oven
      in the time of your wrath;
   the Lord will swallow them up in his anger
      and the fire will consume them.
      Their fruit you will root out of the land
   and their seed from among its inhabitants.
      Because they intend evil against you
   and devise wicked schemes
      which they cannot perform,
      You will put them to flight
   when you aim your bow at their faces.
      Be exalted, O Lord, in your own might;
   we will make music and sing of your power.