Thursday 8 July

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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 2.5–17
 But if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but to some extent—not to exaggerate it—to all of you. This punishment by the majority is enough for such a person; so now instead you should forgive and console him, so that he may not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. So I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. I wrote for this reason: to test you and to know whether you are obedient in everything. Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. What I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ. And we do this so that we may not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
 When I came to Troas to proclaim the good news of Christ, a door was opened for me in the Lord; but my mind could not rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said farewell to them and went on to Macedonia.
 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not peddlers of God’s word like so many; but in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence.

Psalm 112
      Blessed are those who fear the Lord
   and have great delight in his commandments.
    Their descendants will be mighty in the land,
   a generation of the faithful that will be blest.
    Wealth and riches will be in their house,
   and their righteousness endures for ever.
    Light shines in the darkness for the upright;
   gracious and full of compassion are the righteous.
    It goes well with those who are generous in lending
   and order their affairs with justice,
    For they will never be shaken;
   the righteous will be held in everlasting remembrance.
    They will not be afraid of any evil tidings;
   their heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
    Their heart is sustained and will not fear,
   until they see the downfall of their foes.
    They have given freely to the poor;
      their righteousness stands fast for ever;
   their head will be exalted with honour.
      The wicked shall see it and be angry;
      they shall gnash their teeth in despair;
   the desire of the wicked shall perish.