Saturday 24 July

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.

James 1.12–27
 Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. No one, when tempted, should say, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot be tempted by evil and he himself tempts no one. But one is tempted by one’s own desire, being lured and enticed by it; then, when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, my beloved.
 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.
 If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

Psalm 21
    The king shall rejoice in your strength, O Lord;
   how greatly shall he rejoice in your salvation!
    You have given him his heart’s desire
   and have not denied the request of his lips.
    For you come to meet him with blessings of goodness
   and set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
    He asked of you life and you gave it him,
   length of days, for ever and ever.
    His honour is great because of your salvation;
   glory and majesty have you laid upon him.
    You have granted him everlasting felicity
   and will make him glad with joy in your presence.
    For the king puts his trust in the Lord;
   because of the loving-kindness of the Most High,
      he shall not be overthrown.
    Your hand shall mark down all your enemies;
   your right hand will find out those who hate you.
    You will make them like a fiery oven
      in the time of your wrath;
   the Lord will swallow them up in his anger
      and the fire will consume them.
      Their fruit you will root out of the land
   and their seed from among its inhabitants.
      Because they intend evil against you
   and devise wicked schemes
      which they cannot perform,
      You will put them to flight
   when you aim your bow at their faces.
      Be exalted, O Lord, in your own might;
   we will make music and sing of your power.