Monday 1 February

God of heaven,
you send the gospel to the ends of the earth
and your messengers to every nation:
send your Holy Spirit to transform us
by the good news of everlasting life
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

1 Corinthians 12.12–17
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
 Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot were to say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear were to say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body’, that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many members, yet one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and those members of the body that we think less honourable we clothe with greater honour, and our less respectable members are treated with greater respect; whereas our more respectable members do not need this. But God has so arranged the body, giving the greater honour to the inferior member, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? But strive for the greater gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.

Psalm 57

Psalm 57
    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
   for my soul takes refuge in you;
    In the shadow of your wings will I take refuge
   until the storm of destruction has passed by.
    I will call upon the Most High God,
   the God who fulfils his purpose for me.
    He will send from heaven and save me
      and rebuke those that would trample upon me;
   God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.
    I lie in the midst of lions,
   people whose teeth are spears and arrows,
      and their tongue a sharp sword.
    Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
   and your glory over all the earth.
    They have laid a net for my feet;
      my soul is pressed down;
   they have dug a pit before me
      and will fall into it themselves.
    My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready;
   I will sing and give you praise.
    Awake, my soul; awake, harp and lyre,
   that I may awaken the dawn.
      I will give you thanks, O Lord, among the peoples;
   I will sing praise to you among the nations.
      For your loving-kindness is as high as the heavens,
   and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
      Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
   and your glory over all the earth.