Sunday 17 January

Almighty God,
in Christ you make all things new:
transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace,
and in the renewal of our lives
make known your heavenly glory;
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.

1 Corinthians 6.1–11
When any of you has a grievance against another, do you dare to take it to court before the unrighteous, instead of taking it before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels—to say nothing of ordinary matters? If you have ordinary cases, then, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to decide between one believer and another, but a believer goes to court against a believer—and before unbelievers at that?
In fact, to have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? But you yourselves wrong and defraud—and believers at that.
Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, sodomites, thieves, the greedy, drunkards, revilers, robbers—none of these will inherit the kingdom of God. And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

Psalm 145.1–12
    I will exalt you, O God my King,
   and bless your name for ever and ever.
    Every day will I bless you
   and praise your name for ever and ever.
    Great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
   his greatness is beyond all searching out.
    One generation shall praise your works to another
   and declare your mighty acts.
    They shall speak of the majesty of your glory,
   and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
    They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts,
   and I will also tell of your greatness.
    They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness
   and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
    The Lord is gracious and merciful,
   long-suffering and of great goodness.
    The Lord is loving to everyone
   and his mercy is over all his creatures.
      All your works praise you, O Lord,
   and your faithful servants bless you.
      They tell of the glory of your kingdom
   and speak of your mighty power,
      To make known to all peoples your mighty acts
   and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.