Monday 28 June

Eternal God,
comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken,
you give us life and hope:
teach us the ways of gentleness and peace,
that all the world may acknowledge
the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Romans 14.13–23
 Let us therefore no longer pass judgement on one another, but resolve instead never to put a stumbling-block or hindrance in the way of another.I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. If your brother or sister is being injured by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not let what you eat cause the ruin of one for whom Christ died. So do not let your good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. The one who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and has human approval. Let us then pursue what makes for peace and for mutual edification. Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for you to make others fall by what you eat; it is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother or sister stumble.The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves because of what they approve. But those who have doubts are condemned if they eat, because they do not act from faith; for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

Psalm 80
    Hear, O Shepherd of Israel,
   you that led Joseph like a flock;
    Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim,
   before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
    Stir up your mighty strength
   and come to our salvation.
    Turn us again, O God;
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
    O Lord God of hosts,
   how long will you be angry at your people’s prayer?
    You feed them with the bread of tears;
   you give them abundance of tears to drink.
    You have made us the derision of our neighbours,
   and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
    Turn us again, O God of hosts;
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
    You brought a vine out of Egypt;
   you drove out the nations and planted it.
      You made room around it,
   and when it had taken root, it filled the land.
      The hills were covered with its shadow
   and the cedars of God by its boughs.
      It stretched out its branches to the Sea
   and its tendrils to the River.
      Why then have you broken down its wall,
   so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?
      The wild boar out of the wood tears it off,
   and all the insects of the field devour it.
      Turn again, O God of hosts,
   look down from heaven and behold;
      Cherish this vine which your right hand has planted,
   and the branch that you made so strong for yourself.
      Let those who burnt it with fire, who cut it down,
   perish at the rebuke of your countenance.
      Let your hand be upon the man at your right hand,
   the son of man you made so strong for yourself.
      And so will we not go back from you;
   give us life, and we shall call upon your name.
      Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts;
   show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.