Wednesday 9 June

Collect
O God,
the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers
and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant us the help of your grace,
that in the keeping of your commandments
we may please you both in will and deed;
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.

Romans 8.1–11
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
 But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Psalm 34
    I will bless the Lord at all times;
   his praise shall ever be in my mouth.
    My soul shall glory in the Lord;
   let the humble hear and be glad.
    O magnify the Lord with me;
   let us exalt his name together.
    I sought the Lord and he answered me
   and delivered me from all my fears.
    Look upon him and be radiant
   and your faces shall not be ashamed.
    This poor soul cried, and the Lord heard me
   and saved me from all my troubles.
    The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him
   and delivers them.
    O taste and see that the Lord is gracious;
   blessed is the one who trusts in him.
    Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones,
   for those who fear him lack nothing.
      Lions may lack and suffer hunger,
   but those who seek the Lord
      lack nothing that is good.
      Come, my children, and listen to me;
   I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
      Who is there who delights in life
   and longs for days to enjoy good things?
      Keep your tongue from evil
   and your lips from lying words.
      Turn from evil and do good;
   seek peace and pursue it.
      The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous
   and his ears are open to their cry.
      The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
   to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
      The righteous cry and the Lord hears them
   and delivers them out of all their troubles.
      The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
   and will save those who are crushed in spirit.
      Many are the troubles of the righteous;
   from them all will the Lord deliver them.
      He keeps all their bones,
   so that not one of them is broken.
      But evil shall slay the wicked
   and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
      The Lord ransoms the life of his servants
   and will condemn none who seek refuge in him.