Sunday 18 July

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Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in our hearts the love of your name,
increase in us true religion,
nourish us with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep us in the same;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

1 Peter 3.8–18
 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing. For
‘Those who desire life
   and desire to see good days,
let them keep their tongues from evil
   and their lips from speaking deceit;
 let them turn away from evil and do good;
   let them seek peace and pursue it.
 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
   and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.’
 Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,

Psalm 67
    God be gracious to us and bless us
   and make his face to shine upon us,
    That your way may be known upon earth,
   your saving power among all nations.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you.
    O let the nations rejoice and be glad,
   for you will judge the peoples righteously
      and govern the nations upon earth.
    Let the peoples praise you, O God;
   let all the peoples praise you.
    Then shall the earth bring forth her increase,
   and God, our own God, will bless us.
    God will bless us,
   and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
    O God, make speed to save me;
   O Lord, make haste to help me.
    Let those who seek my life
      be put to shame and confusion;
   let them be turned back and disgraced
      who wish me evil.
    Let those who mock and deride me
   turn back because of their shame.
    But let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;
   let those who love your salvation say always, ‘Great is the Lord!’
    As for me, I am poor and needy;
   come to me quickly, O God.
    You are my help and my deliverer;
   O Lord, do not delay.