Sunday 7 February

Almighty God,
you have created the heavens and the earth
and made us in your own image:
teach us to discern your hand in all your works
and your likeness in all your children;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things,
now and for ever.  Amen.

Matthew 6.25–34
 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
 ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Psalm 67
    God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
    That your way may be known upon earth,
   your saving power among all nations.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you.
    O let the nations rejoice and be glad,
   for you will judge the peoples righteously
      and govern the nations upon earth.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you.
    Then shall the earth bring forth her increase,
   and God, our own God, will bless us.
    God will bless us,
   and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.