Friday 23 July

Collect
Generous God,
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

James 1.1–11
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Greetings.
 My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.
 If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; , for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
 Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.

Psalm 19
    The heavens are telling the glory of God
   and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
    One day pours out its song to another
   and one night unfolds knowledge to another.
    They have neither speech nor language
   and their voices are not heard,
    Yet their sound has gone out into all lands
   and their words to the ends of the world.
    In them has he set a tabernacle for the sun,
   that comes forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber
      and rejoices as a champion to run his course.
    It goes forth from the end of the heavens
      and runs to the very end again,
   and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
    The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
   the testimony of the Lord is sure
      and gives wisdom to the simple.
    The statutes of the Lord are right and rejoice the heart;
   the commandment of the Lord is pure
      and gives light to the eyes.
    The fear of the Lord is clean and endures for ever;
   the judgements of the Lord are true
      and righteous altogether.
      More to be desired are they than gold,
      more than much fine gold,
   sweeter also than honey,
      dripping from the honeycomb.
      By them also is your servant taught
   and in keeping them there is great reward.
      Who can tell how often they offend?
   O cleanse me from my secret faults!
      Keep your servant also from presumptuous sins
      lest they get dominion over me;
   so shall I be undefiled,
      and innocent of great offence.
      Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
      be acceptable in your sight,
   O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.