Sunday 5 September

Collect
Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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.

Matthew 6.1–18
‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
 ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
 ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
 ‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
 ‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
   hallowed be your name.
   Your kingdom come.
   Your will be done,
     on earth as it is in heaven.
   Give us this day our daily bread.
   And forgive us our debts,
     as we also have forgiven our debtors.
   And do not bring us to the time of trial,
     but rescue us from the evil one.
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
 ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Psalm 119.41–56
      Let your faithful love come unto me, O Lord,
   even your salvation, according to your promise.
      Then shall I answer those who taunt me,
   for my trust is in your word.
      O take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
   for my hope is in your judgements.
      So shall I always keep your law;
   I shall keep it for ever and ever.
      I will walk at liberty,
   because I study your commandments.
      I will tell of your testimonies, even before kings,
   and will not be ashamed.
      My delight shall be in your commandments,
   which I have greatly loved.
      My hands will I lift up to your commandments,
      which I love,
   and I will meditate on your statutes.
      Remember your word to your servant,
   on which you have built my hope.
      This is my comfort in my trouble,
   that your promise gives me life.
      The proud have derided me cruelly,
   but I have not turned aside from your law.
      I have remembered your everlasting judgements, O Lord,
   and have been comforted.
      I am seized with indignation at the wicked,
   for they have forsaken your law.
      Your statutes have been like songs to me
   in the house of my pilgrimage.
      I have thought on your name in the night, O Lord,
   and so have I kept your law.
      These blessings have been mine,
   for I have kept your commandments.