Prayer for the Day – Tuesday 8 September

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Mark 8.22–26
They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put saliva on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, ‘Can you see anything?’ And the man looked up and said, ‘I can see people, but they look like trees, walking.’ Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he looked intently and his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. Then he sent him away to his home, saying, ‘Do not even go into the village.’

from Psalm 107
Praise the name of the Lord;
give praise, you servants of the Lord,
      You that stand in the house of the Lord,
in the courts of the house of our God.
      Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;
make music to his name, for it is lovely.
      For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself
and Israel for his own possession. [R]
      For I know that the Lord is great
and that our Lord is above all gods.
      The Lord does whatever he pleases
in heaven and on earth,
in the seas and in all the deeps.
      He brings up the clouds from the ends of the earth;
he makes lightning with the rain
and brings the winds out of his treasuries. [R]
      He smote the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstborn of man and beast.
      He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt,
upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
      He smote many nations
and slew mighty kings:
      Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, the king of Bashan,
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
      He gave their land as a heritage,
a heritage for Israel his people. [R]
      Your name, O Lord, endures for ever
and shall be remembered through all generations.
      For the Lord will vindicate his people
and have compassion on his servants. [R]
      The idols of the nations are but silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
      They have mouths, but cannot speak;
eyes have they, but cannot see;
      They have ears, but cannot hear;
neither is there any breath in their mouths.
      Those who make them shall become like them,
and so will all who put their trust in them. [R]
      Bless the Lord, O house of Israel;
O house of Aaron, bless the Lord.
      Bless the Lord, O house of Levi;
you who fear the Lord, bless the Lord.
      Blessed be the Lord from Zion,
who dwells in Jerusalem.