Saturday 29 May

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Romans 3.21–31
But now, irrespective of law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.
 Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law. Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, since God is one; and he will justify the circumcised on the ground of faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

Psalm 147
      How good it is to make music for our God,
   how joyful to honour him with praise.
    The Lord builds up Jerusalem
   and gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
    He heals the brokenhearted
   and binds up all their wounds.
    He counts the number of the stars
   and calls them all by their names.
    Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
   his wisdom is beyond all telling.
    The Lord lifts up the poor,
   but casts down the wicked to the ground.
    Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
   make music to our God upon the lyre;
    Who covers the heavens with clouds
   and prepares rain for the earth;
    Who makes grass to grow upon the mountains
   and green plants to serve our needs.
      He gives the beasts their food
   and the young ravens when they cry.
      He takes no pleasure in the power of a horse,
   no delight in human strength;
      But the Lord delights in those who fear him,
   who put their trust in his steadfast love.
      Sing praise to the Lord, O Jerusalem;
   praise your God, O Zion;
      For he has strengthened the bars of your gates
   and has blest your children within you.
      He has established peace in your borders
   and satisfies you with the finest wheat.
      He sends forth his command to the earth
   and his word runs very swiftly.
      He gives snow like wool
   and scatters the hoarfrost like ashes.
      He casts down his hailstones like morsels of bread;
   who can endure his frost?
      He sends forth his word and melts them;
   he blows with his wind and the waters flow.
      He declares his word to Jacob,
   his statutes and judgements to Israel.
      He has not dealt so with any other nation;
   they do not know his laws.