Prayer for the Day – Monday 31 August

Everlasting God,
you sent the gentle bishop Aidan
to proclaim the gospel:
grant us to live as he taught
in simplicity, humility and love for the poor;
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.

Mark 6.45-56
Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After saying farewell to them, he went up on the mountain to pray.
When evening came, the boat was out on the lake, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the lake. He intended to pass them by. But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.’ Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Psalm 105
    O give thanks to the Lord and call upon his name;
   make known his deeds among the peoples.
    Sing to him, sing praises,
   and tell of all his marvellous works.
    Rejoice in the praise of his holy name;
   let the hearts of them rejoice who seek the Lord.
    Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his face continually.
    Remember the marvels he has done,
   his wonders and the judgements of his mouth,
    O seed of Abraham his servant,
   O children of Jacob his chosen.
    He is the Lord our God;
   his judgements are in all the earth.
    He has always been mindful of his covenant,
   the promise that he made for a thousand generations:
    The covenant he made with Abraham,
   the oath that he swore to Isaac,
      Which he established as a statute for Jacob,
   an everlasting covenant for Israel,
      Saying, ‘To you will I give the land of Canaan
   to be the portion of your inheritance.’
      When they were but few in number,
   of little account, and sojourners in the land,
      Wandering from nation to nation,
   from one kingdom to another people,
      He suffered no one to do them wrong
   and rebuked even kings for their sake,
      Saying, ‘Touch not my anointed
   and do my prophets no harm.’
      Then he called down famine over the land
   and broke every staff of bread.
      But he had sent a man before them,
   Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
      They shackled his feet with fetters;
   his neck was ringed with iron.
      Until all he foretold came to pass,
   the word of the Lord tested him.
      The king sent and released him;
   the ruler of peoples set him free.
      He appointed him lord of his household
   and ruler of all he possessed,
      To instruct his princes as he willed
   and to teach his counsellors wisdom.
      Then Israel came into Egypt;
   Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
      And the Lord made his people exceedingly fruitful;
   he made them too many for their adversaries,
      Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people
   and dealt craftily with his servants.
      Then sent he Moses his servant
   and Aaron whom he had chosen.
      He showed his signs through their word
   and his wonders in the land of Ham.
      He sent darkness and it grew dark;
   yet they did not heed his words.
      He turned their waters into blood
   and slew all their fish.
      Their land swarmed with frogs,
   even in their kings’ chambers.
      He spoke the word, and there came clouds of flies,
   swarms of gnats within all their borders.
      He gave them hailstones for rain
   and flames of lightning in their land.
      He blasted their vines and their fig trees
   and shattered trees across their country.
      He spoke the word, and the grasshoppers came
   and young locusts without number;
      They ate every plant in their land
   and devoured the fruit of their soil.
      He smote all the firstborn in their land,
   the first fruits of all their strength.
      Then he brought them out with silver and gold;
   there was not one among their tribes that stumbled.
      Egypt was glad at their departing,
   for a dread of them had fallen upon them.
      He spread out a cloud for a covering
   and a fire to light up the night.
      They asked and he brought them quails;
   he satisfied them with the bread of heaven.
      He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out
   and ran in the dry places like a river.
      For he remembered his holy word
   and Abraham, his servant.
      So he brought forth his people with joy,
   his chosen ones with singing.
      He gave them the lands of the nations
   and they took possession of the fruit of their toil,
      That they might keep his statutes
   and faithfully observe his laws.