Sunday 31 January

God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
   in the face of 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 14.12–20
So with yourselves; since you are eager for spiritual gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church.
Therefore, one who speaks in a tongue should pray for the power to interpret. For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unproductive. What should I do then? I will pray with the spirit, but I will pray with the mind also; I will sing praise with the spirit, but I will sing praise with the mind also. Otherwise, if you say a blessing with the spirit, how can anyone in the position of an outsider say the ‘Amen’ to your thanksgiving, since the outsider does not know what you are saying? For you may give thanks well enough, but the other person is not built up. I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you; nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind, in order to instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults.

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.