Sunday 1 August

Almighty God,
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
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.

2 Peter 1.1–15
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have received a faith as precious as ours through the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ:
 May grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
 His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants in the divine nature. For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For anyone who lacks these things is short-sighted and blind, and is forgetful of the cleansing of past sins. Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ will be richly provided for you.
 Therefore I intend to keep on reminding you of these things, though you know them already and are established in the truth that has come to you. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to refresh your memory, since I know that my death will come soon, as indeed our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

Psalm 86
    Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
   for I am poor and in misery.
    Preserve my soul, for I am faithful;
   save your servant, for I put my trust in you.
    Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God;
   I call upon you all the day long.
    Gladden the soul of your servant,
   for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
    For you, Lord, are good and forgiving,
   abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
    Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer
   and listen to the voice of my supplication.
    In the day of my distress I will call upon you,
   for you will answer me.
    Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord,
   nor any works like yours.
    All nations you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord,
   and shall glorify your name.
      For you are great and do wonderful things;
   you alone are God.
      Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth;
   knit my heart to you, that I may fear your name.
      I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,
   and glorify your name for evermore;
      For great is your steadfast love towards me,
   for you have delivered my soul from the depths of the grave.
      O God, the proud rise up against me
      and a ruthless horde seek after my life;
   they have not set you before their eyes.
      But you, Lord, are gracious and full of compassion,
   slow to anger and full of kindness and truth.
      Turn to me and have mercy upon me;
   give your strength to your servant
      and save the child of your handmaid.
      Show me a token of your favour,
      that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed;
   because you, O Lord, have helped and comforted me.