Saturday 27 February

King of glory, king of peace,
grant us the grace to offer ourselves
with singleness of heart in humble obedience to your service;
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.

Jeremiah 7.1–20
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah, you that enter these gates to worship the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Amend your ways and your doings, and let me dwell with you in this place. Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.’
 For if you truly amend your ways and your doings, if you truly act justly one with another, if you do not oppress the alien, the orphan, and the widow, or shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not go after other gods to your own hurt, then I will dwell with you in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your ancestors for ever and ever.
 Here you are, trusting in deceptive words to no avail. Will you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, make offerings to Baal, and go after other gods that you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, ‘We are safe!’—only to go on doing all these abominations? Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your sight? You know, I too am watching, says the Lord. Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel. And now, because you have done all these things, says the Lord, and when I spoke to you persistently, you did not listen, and when I called you, you did not answer, therefore I will do to the house that is called by my name, in which you trust, and to the place that I gave to you and to your ancestors, just what I did to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of my sight, just as I cast out all your kinsfolk, all the offspring of Ephraim.
 As for you, do not pray for this people, do not raise a cry or prayer on their behalf, and do not intercede with me, for I will not hear you. Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers kindle fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they pour out drink-offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger. Is it I whom they provoke? says the Lord. Is it not themselves, to their own hurt? Therefore thus says the Lord God: My anger and my wrath shall be poured out on this place, on human beings and animals, on the trees of the field and the fruit of the ground; it will burn and not be quenched.

Psalm 63
    O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you;
   my soul is athirst for you.
    My flesh also faints for you,
   as in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.
    So would I gaze upon you in your holy place,
   that I might behold your power and your glory.
    Your loving-kindness is better than life itself
   and so my lips shall praise you.
    I will bless you as long as I live
   and lift up my hands in your name.
    My soul shall be satisfied, as with marrow and fatness,
   and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips,
    When I remember you upon my bed
   and meditate on you in the watches of the night.
    For you have been my helper
   and under the shadow of your wings will I rejoice.
    My soul clings to you;
   your right hand shall hold me fast.
      But those who seek my soul to destroy it
   shall go down to the depths of the earth;
      Let them fall by the edge of the sword
   and become a portion for jackals.
      But the king shall rejoice in God;
      all those who swear by him shall be glad,
   for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.