Sunday 28 February

Collect
Almighty God,
you show to those who are in error the light of your truth,
that they may return to the way of righteousness:
grant to all those who are admitted
   into the fellowship of Christ’s religion,
that they may reject those things
   that are contrary to their profession,
and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
  Amen.

Romans 4.13–25
For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.
For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.

Psalm 22.23-31
      Praise the Lord, you that fear him;
   O seed of Jacob, glorify him;
      stand in awe of him, O seed of Israel.
      For he has not despised nor abhorred the suffering of the poor;
      neither has he hidden his face from them;
   but when they cried to him he heard them.
      From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
   I will perform my vows
      in the presence of those that fear you.
      The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
   those who seek the Lord shall praise him;
      their hearts shall live for ever.
      All the ends of the earth
      shall remember and turn to the Lord,
   and all the families of the nations shall bow before him.
      For the kingdom is the Lord’s
   and he rules over the nations.
      How can those who sleep in the earth
      bow down in worship,
   or those who go down to the dust kneel before him?
      He has saved my life for himself;
      my descendants shall serve him;
   this shall be told of the Lord for generations to come.
      They shall come and make known his salvation,
      to a people yet unborn,
   declaring that he, the Lord, has done it.

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