Bible ReadingsWeek commencing  Sunday  29th April 2018 -  5th Sunday of Easter 

 Old Testament Reading (NIV)  Psalm 27

The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
 even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord,  this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
 all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
 and to seek him in his temple.
For in the day of trouble
 he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
 and set me high upon a rock.

Then my head will be exalted
 above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” 
 Your face, Lord, I will seek.
Do not hide your face from me,
 do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.

Do not reject me or forsake me,
 God my Saviour.
Though my father and mother forsake me,
 the Lord will receive me.
Teach me your way, Lord;
 lead me in a straight path
 because of my oppressors.
Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
 for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
 and wait for the Lord.



This is the word of the Lord                                   All: Thanks be to God.


New Testament Reading (NIV) Philippians 3:17-4:1

Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything
under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body..”

          This is the word of the Lord                                  All: Thanks be to God.



Gospel Reading (NIV)   Luke 13:31-35

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St Like   All: Glory to you, O Lord

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”  He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day - for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem! 

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.
Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

          This is the Gospel of the Lord.                               All:      Praise to you, O Christ