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Once we were God’s enemies,
far away from God;
but now by the Son’s death,
God has made us friends.

New Testament Reading - Spiritual strength

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1Dear brothers, even when I first came to you I didn’t use lofty words and brilliant ideas to tell you God’s message. 2For I decided that I would speak only of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. 3I came to you in weakness — timid and trembling. 4And my preaching was very plain, not with a lot of oratory and human wisdom, but the Holy Spirit’s power was in my words, proving to those who heard them that the message was from God. 5I did this because I wanted your faith to stand firmly upon God, not on man’s great ideas.

6Yet when I am among mature Christians I do speak with words of great wisdom, but not the kind that comes from here on earth, and not the kind that appeals to the great men of this world, who are doomed to fall. 7Our words are wise because they are from God, telling of God’s wise plan to bring us into the glories of heaven. This plan was hidden in former times, though it was made for our benefit before the world began. 8But the great men of the world have not understood it; if they had, they never would have crucified the Lord of Glory.

9That is what is meant by the Scriptures which say that no mere man has ever seen, heard, or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord. 10But we know about these things because God has sent his Spirit to tell us, and his Spirit searches out and shows us all of God’s deepest secrets.

. . . . . 1 Corinthians 2:1-10

Collect

Jesus, you will not fail us
nor forsake us;
you were with Thomas More
through his imprisonment and at his execution.
Help us, if we feel called to stand on principle
against the Power,
to put our confidence in you,
and give you the glory.
Amen.