Thursday 17 June

Collect
Loving Father,
we thank you for meeting our needs
sustain us with your Spirit,
that we may serve you here on earth
until our joy is complete in heaven,
and we share in the eternal banquet
with Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Romans 10.11–21
The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’ But not all have obeyed the good news; for Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?’ So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have; for
‘Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
   and their words to the ends of the world.’
Again I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,
‘I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
   with a foolish nation I will make you angry.’
Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,
‘I have been found by those who did not seek me;
   I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.’
But of Israel he says, ‘All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.’

Psalm 56
    Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me;
   all day long they assault and oppress me.
    My adversaries trample over me all the day long;
   many are they that make proud war against me.
    In the day of my fear I put my trust in you,
   in God whose word I praise.
    In God I trust, and will not fear,
   for what can flesh do to me?
    All day long they wound me with words;
   their every thought is to do me evil.
    They stir up trouble; they lie in wait;
   marking my steps, they seek my life.
    Shall they escape for all their wickedness?
   In anger, O God, cast the peoples down.
    You have counted up my groaning;
      put my tears into your bottle;
   are they not written in your book?
    Then shall my enemies turn back
      on the day when I call upon you;
   this I know, for God is on my side.
      In God whose word I praise,
      in the Lord whose word I praise,
   in God I trust and will not fear:
      what can flesh do to me?
      To you, O God, will I fulfil my vows;
   to you will I present my offerings of thanks,
      For you will deliver my soul from death
      and my feet from falling,
   that I may walk before God in the light of the living.