Thursday 3 June

Collect
Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and live and reign in the perfect unity of love:
hold us firm in this faith,
that we may know you in all your ways
and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory,
who are three Persons yet one God,
now and for ever.  Amen.

Romans 5.12-21
 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all because all have sinned— sin was indeed in the world before the law, but sin is not reckoned when there is no law. Yet death exercised dominion from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sins were not like the transgression of Adam, who is a type of the one who was to come.
 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died through the one man’s trespass, much more surely have the grace of God and the free gift in the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abounded for the many. And the free gift is not like the effect of the one man’s sin. For the judgement following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
 Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all. For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. But law came in, with the result that the trespass multiplied; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, just as sin exercised dominion in death, so grace might also exercise dominion through justification leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 14
    The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ 
   Corrupt are they, and abominable in their wickedness;
      there is no one that does good.
    The Lord has looked down from heaven
      upon the children of earth, 
   to see if there is anyone who is wise
      and seeks after God.
    But every one has turned back;
      all alike have become corrupt: 
   there is none that does good; no, not one.
    Have they no knowledge, those evildoers, 
   who eat up my people as if they ate bread
      and do not call upon the Lord?
    There shall they be in great fear; 
   for God is in the company of the righteous.
    Though they would confound the counsel of the poor, 
   yet the Lord shall be their refuge.
    O that Israel’s salvation would come out of Zion! 
   When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
      then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.