Friday 16 July

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 9.6–15
 The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written,
‘He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
   his righteousness endures for ever.’
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Psalm 144
    Blessed be the Lord my rock,
   who teaches my hands for war and my fingers for battle;
    My steadfast help and my fortress,
      my stronghold and my deliverer,
      my shield in whom I trust,
   who subdues the peoples under me.
    O Lord, what are mortals that you should consider them;
   mere human beings, that you should take thought for them?
    They are like a breath of wind;
   their days pass away like a shadow.
    Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down;
   touch the mountains and they shall smoke.
    Cast down your lightnings and scatter them;
   shoot out your arrows and let thunder roar.
    Reach down your hand from on high;
   deliver me and take me out of the great waters,
      from the hand of foreign enemies,
    Whose mouth speaks wickedness
   and their right hand is the hand of falsehood.
    O God, I will sing to you a new song;
   I will play to you on a ten-stringed harp,
      You that give salvation to kings
   and have delivered David your servant.
      Save me from the peril of the sword
   and deliver me from the hand of foreign enemies,
      Whose mouth speaks wickedness
   and whose right hand is the hand of falsehood;
      So that our sons in their youth
      may be like well-nurtured plants,
   and our daughters like pillars
      carved for the corners of the temple;
      Our barns be filled with all manner of store;
   our flocks bearing thousands,
      and ten thousands in our fields;
      Our cattle be heavy with young:
   may there be no miscarriage or untimely birth,
      no cry of distress in our streets.
      Happy are the people whose blessing this is.
   Happy are the people who have the Lord for their God.