Reading 1, Second Kings 4:8-11, 14-16
8 One day as Elisha was on his way to Shunem, a woman of rank who lived there pressed him to stay and eat there. After this he always broke his journey for a meal when he passed that way.
9 She said to her husband, ‘Look, I am sure the man who is constantly passing our way must be a holy man of God.
10 Let us build him a small walled room, and put him a bed in it, and a table and chair and lamp; whenever he comes to us he can rest there.’
11 One day when he came, he retired to the upper room and lay down.
14 ‘What can I do for you then?’ he asked. Gehazi replied, ‘Well, she has no son and her husband is old.’
15 Elisha said, ‘Call her.’ The servant called her and she stood at the door.
16 ‘This time next year’, he said, ‘you will hold a son in your arms.’ But she said, ‘No, my lord, do not deceive your servant.’
Reading 2, Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
3 You cannot have forgotten that all of us, when we were baptised into Christ Jesus, were baptised into his death.
4 So by our baptism into his death we were buried with him, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glorious power, we too should begin living a new life.
8 But we believe that, if we died with Christ, then we shall live with him too.
9 We know that Christ has been raised from the dead and will never die again. Death has no power over him any more.
10 For by dying, he is dead to sin once and for all, and now the life that he lives is life with God.
11 In the same way, you must see yourselves as being dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.