Monday 5 July

Grant, O Lord, we beseech you,
that the course of this world
   may be so peaceably ordered
      by your governance,
that your Church may joyfully serve you
   in all godly quietness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

2 Corinthians 1.1–14
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To the church of God that is in Corinth, including all the saints throughout Achaia:
 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.
 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, of the affliction we experienced in Asia; for we were so utterly, unbearably crushed that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death so that we would rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He who rescued us from so deadly a peril will continue to rescue us; on him we have set our hope that he will rescue us again, as you also join in helping us by your prayers, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted to us through the prayers of many.
 Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God—and all the more towards you. For we write to you nothing other than what you can read and also understand; I hope you will understand until the end— as you have already understood us in part—that on the day of the Lord Jesus we are your boast even as you are our boast.

Psalm 101
    I will sing of faithfulness and justice;
   to you, O Lord, will I sing.
    Let me be wise in the way that is perfect:
   when will you come to me?
    I will walk with purity of heart
   within the walls of my house.
    I will not set before my eyes
   a counsel that is evil.
    I abhor the deeds of unfaithfulness;
   they shall not cling to me.
    A crooked heart shall depart from me;
   I will not know a wicked person.
    One who slanders a neighbour in secret
   I will quickly put to silence.
    Haughty eyes and an arrogant heart
   I will not endure.
    My eyes are upon the faithful in the land,
   that they may dwell with me.
      One who walks in the way that is pure
   shall be my servant.
      There shall not dwell in my house
   one that practises deceit.
      One who utters falsehood
   shall not continue in my sight.
      Morning by morning will I put to silence
   all the wicked in the land,
      To cut off from the city of the Lord
   all those who practise evil.