Tuesday 13 July

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Creator God,
you made us all in your image:
may we discern you in all that we see,
and serve you in all that we do;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

2 Corinthians 7.2-16
 Make room in your hearts for us; we have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to condemn you, for I said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together. I often boast about you; I have great pride in you; I am filled with consolation; I am overjoyed in all our affliction.
 For even when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were afflicted in every way—disputes without and fears within. But God, who consoles the downcast, consoled us by the arrival of Titus, and not only by his coming, but also by the consolation with which he was consoled about you, as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so that I rejoiced still more. For even if I made you sorry with my letter, I do not regret it (though I did regret it, for I see that I grieved you with that letter, though only briefly). Now I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance; for you felt a godly grief, so that you were not harmed in any way by us. For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death. For see what earnestness this godly grief has produced in you, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what zeal, what punishment! At every point you have proved yourselves guiltless in the matter. So although I wrote to you, it was not on account of the one who did the wrong, nor on account of the one who was wronged, but in order that your zeal for us might be made known to you before God. In this we find comfort.
In addition to our own consolation, we rejoiced still more at the joy of Titus, because his mind has been set at rest by all of you. For if I have been somewhat boastful about you to him, I was not disgraced; but just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting to Titus has proved true as well. And his heart goes out all the more to you, as he remembers the obedience of all of you, and how you welcomed him with fear and trembling. I rejoice, because I have complete confidence in you.

Psalm 132
    Lord, remember for David
   all the hardships he endured;
    How he swore an oath to the Lord
   and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
    ‘I will not come within the shelter of my house,
   nor climb up into my bed;
    ‘I will not allow my eyes to sleep,
   nor let my eyelids slumber,
    ‘Until I find a place for the Lord,
   a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.’
    Now, we heard of the ark in Ephrathah
   and found it in the fields of Ja-ar.
    Let us enter his dwelling place
   and fall low before his footstool.
    Arise, O Lord, into your resting place,
   you and the ark of your strength.
    Let your priests be clothed with righteousness
   and your faithful ones sing with joy.
      For your servant David’s sake,
   turn not away the face of your anointed.
      The Lord has sworn an oath to David,
   a promise from which he will not shrink:
      ‘Of the fruit of your body
   shall I set upon your throne.
      ‘If your children keep my covenant
      and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
   their children also shall sit upon your throne for evermore.’
      For the Lord has chosen Zion for himself;
   he has desired her for his habitation:
      ‘This shall be my resting place for ever;
   here will I dwell, for I have longed for her.
      ‘I will abundantly bless her provision;
   her poor will I satisfy with bread.
      ‘I will clothe her priests with salvation,
   and her faithful ones shall rejoice and sing.
      ‘There will I make a horn to spring up for David;
   I will keep a lantern burning for my anointed.
      ‘As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame;
   but on him shall his crown be bright.’