Sunday 21 March

Collect
Most merciful God,
who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ
delivered and saved the world:
grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross
we may triumph in the power of his victory;
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 31.31–34
 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, ‘Know the Lord’, for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

Psalm 107.1–22
    O give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.
    Let the redeemed of the Lord say this,
   those he redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
    And gathered out of the lands
      from the east and from the west,
   from the north and from the south.
    Some went astray in desert wastes
   and found no path to a city to dwell in.
    Hungry and thirsty,
   their soul was fainting within them.
    So they cried to the Lord in their trouble
   and he delivered them from their distress.
    He set their feet on the right way
   till they came to a city to dwell in.
    Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness
   and the wonders he does for his children.
    For he satisfies the longing soul
   and fills the hungry soul with good.
      Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
   bound fast in misery and iron,
      For they had rebelled against the words of God
   and despised the counsel of the Most High.
      So he bowed down their heart with heaviness;
   they stumbled and there was none to help them.
      Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress.
      He brought them out of darkness and out of the shadow of death,
   and broke their bonds asunder.
      Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness
   and the wonders he does for his children.
      For he has broken the doors of bronze
   and breaks the bars of iron in pieces.
      Some were foolish and took a rebellious way,
   and were plagued because of their wrongdoing.
      Their soul abhorred all manner of food
   and drew near to the gates of death.
      Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
   and he delivered them from their distress.
      He sent forth his word and healed them,
   and saved them from destruction.
      Let them give thanks to the Lord for his goodness
   and the wonders he does for his children.
      Let them offer him sacrifices of thanksgiving
   and tell of his acts with shouts of joy.