Thursday 20 May

Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world
to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

1 John 4.1–6
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. And this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming; and now it is already in the world. Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us, and whoever is not from God does not listen to us. From this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Psalm 72
    Give the king your judgements, O God,
   and your righteousness to the son of a king.
    Then shall he judge your people righteously
   and your poor with justice.
    May the mountains bring forth peace,
   and the little hills righteousness for the people.
    May he defend the poor among the people,
   deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.
    May he live as long as the sun and moon endure,
   from one generation to another.
    May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,
   like the showers that water the earth.
    In his time shall righteousness flourish,
   and abundance of peace
      till the moon shall be no more.
    May his dominion extend from sea to sea
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    May his foes kneel before him
   and his enemies lick the dust.
      The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute;
   the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.
      All kings shall fall down before him;
   all nations shall do him service.
      For he shall deliver the poor that cry out,
   the needy and those who have no helper.
      He shall have pity on the weak and poor;
   he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
      He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence,
   and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
      Long may he live;
      unto him may be given gold from Sheba;
   may prayer be made for him continually
      and may they bless him all the day long.
      May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
      standing thick upon the hilltops;
   may its fruit flourish like Lebanon
      and its grain grow like the grass of the field.
      May his name remain for ever
      and be established as long as the sun endures;
   may all nations be blest in him
      and call him blessed.
      Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   who alone does wonderful things.
      And blessed be his glorious name for ever.
   May all the earth be filled with his glory.
      Amen. Amen.