Wednesday 15 September

Collect
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
   upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
   in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
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.

Mark 11.27-33
 Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, ‘By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?’ Jesus said to them, ‘I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.’ They argued with one another, ‘If we say, “From heaven”, he will say, “Why then did you not believe him?” But shall we say, “Of human origin”?’—they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So they answered Jesus, ‘We do not know.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.’

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.