Wednesday 20 October

Collect
God, the giver of life,
whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church:
by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ
   and make us eager to do your will,
that we may share with the whole creation
   the joys of eternal life;
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.

John 15.18–27
 ‘If the world hates you, be aware that it hated me before it hated you. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world—therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, “Servants are not greater than their master.” If they persecuted me, they will persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. But they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not have sin. But now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. It was to fulfil the word that is written in their law, “They hated me without a cause.”
‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father, he will testify on my behalf. You also are to testify because you have been with me from the beginning.

Psalm 119.153-176
  O consider my affliction and deliver me,
   for I do not forget your law.
  Plead my cause and redeem me;
   according to your promise, give me life.
  Salvation is far from the wicked,
   for they do not seek your statutes.
  Great is your compassion, O Lord;
   give me life, according to your judgements.
  Many there are that persecute and oppress me,
   yet do I not swerve from your testimonies.
  It grieves me when I see the treacherous,
   for they do not keep your word.
  Consider, O Lord, how I love your commandments;
   give me life according to your loving-kindness.
  The sum of your word is truth,
   and all your righteous judgements endure for evermore.
  Princes have persecuted me without a cause,
   but my heart stands in awe of your word.
  I am as glad of your word
   as one who finds great spoils.
  As for lies, I hate and abhor them,
   but your law do I love.
  Seven times a day do I praise you,
   because of your righteous judgements.
  Great peace have they who love your law;
   nothing shall make them stumble.
  Lord, I have looked for your salvation
   and I have fulfilled your commandments.
  My soul has kept your testimonies
   and greatly have I loved them.
  I have kept your commandments and testimonies,
   for all my ways are before you.
  Let my cry come before you, O Lord;
   give me understanding, according to your word.
  Let my supplication come before you;
   deliver me, according to your promise.
  My lips shall pour forth your praise,
   when you have taught me your statutes.
  My tongue shall sing of your word,
   for all your commandments are righteous.
  Let your hand reach out to help me,
   for I have chosen your commandments.
  I have longed for your salvation, O Lord,
   and your law is my delight.
  Let my soul live and it shall praise you,
   and let your judgements be my help.
  I have gone astray like a sheep that is lost;
   O seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.