Thursday 22 July

Collect
Lord God,
whose Son is the true vine and the source of life,
ever giving himself that the world may live:
may we so receive within ourselves
   the power of his death and passion
that we may share his glory
and be made perfect in his love;
for he is alive and reigns, now and for ever.  Amen.

Luke 8.1–3
Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

Psalm 32
     Happy the one whose transgression is forgiven,
   and whose sin is covered.
    Happy the one to whom the Lord imputes no guilt,
   and in whose spirit there is no guile.
    For I held my tongue;
   my bones wasted away
      through my groaning all the day long.
    Your hand was heavy upon me day and night;
   my moisture was dried up like the drought in summer.
    Then I acknowledged my sin to you
   and my iniquity I did not hide.
    I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’
   and you forgave the guilt of my sin.
    Therefore let all the faithful make their prayers to you
      in time of trouble;
   in the great water flood, it shall not reach them.
    You are a place for me to hide in;
      you preserve me from trouble;
   you surround me with songs of deliverance.
    ‘I will instruct you and teach you
      in the way that you should go;
   I will guide you with my eye.
      ‘Be not like horse and mule which have no understanding;
   whose mouths must be held with bit and bridle,
      or else they will not stay near you.’
      Great tribulations remain for the wicked,
   but mercy embraces those who trust in the Lord.
      Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the Lord;
   shout for joy, all who are true of heart.