This was one of Her Majesty’s favourite hymns
1 Corinthians 9.16–19, 22–end
16If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe betide me if I do not proclaim the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. 18What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.
19 For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. 22To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I might by any means save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.
24 Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 25Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable garland, but we an imperishable one. 26So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; 27but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.
1 How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! ♦︎
My soul has a desire and longing to enter the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
2 The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young: ♦︎
at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
3 Blessed are they who dwell in your house: ♦︎
they will always be praising you.
4 Blessed are those whose strength is in you, ♦︎
in whose heart are the highways to Zion,
5 Who going through the barren valley find there a spring, ♦︎
and the early rains will clothe it with blessing.
6 They will go from strength to strength ♦︎
and appear before God in Zion.
A Prayer for the Royal Family
Almighty God, the fountain of all goodness, we humbly beseech thee to bless, King Charles and all the Royal Family. Endue them with thy Holy Spirit; enrich them with thy heavenly grace; prosper them with all happiness; and bring them to thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Thank you, just right for today.