Tuesday 12 January

Eternal Father,
who at the baptism of Jesus
revealed him to be your Son,
anointing him with the Holy Spirit:
grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,
that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

1 Corinthians 1.18-31
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
   and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, ‘Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’

Psalm 89.1-18
    My song shall be always of the loving-kindness of the Lord:
   with my mouth will I proclaim your faithfulness
      throughout all generations.
    I will declare that your love is established for ever;
   you have set your faithfulness as firm as the heavens.
    For you said: ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
   I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
    ‘ “Your seed will I establish for ever
   and build up your throne for all generations.” ’
    The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
   and your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones;
    For who among the clouds can be compared to the Lord?
   Who is like the Lord among the host of heaven?
    A God feared in the council of the holy ones,
   great and terrible above all those round about him.
    Who is like you, Lord God of hosts?
   Mighty Lord, your faithfulness is all around you.
    You rule the raging of the sea;
   you still its waves when they arise.
      You crushed Rahab with a deadly wound
   and scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
      Yours are the heavens; the earth also is yours;
   you established the world and all that fills it.
      You created the north and the south;
   Tabor and Hermon rejoice in your name.
      You have a mighty arm;
   strong is your hand and high is your right hand.
      Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   steadfast love and faithfulness go before your face.
      Happy are the people who know the shout of triumph:
   they walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance.
      In your name they rejoice all the day long
   and are exalted in your righteousness.
      For you are the glory of their strength,
   and in your favour you lift up our heads.
      Truly the Lord is our shield;
   the Holy One of Israel is our king.