Prayer for the Day – Thursday 10 September

Collect
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 9.2-13
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. Then they asked him, ‘Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ He said to them, ‘Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.’

Psalm 138
    I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods will I sing praise to you.
    I will bow down towards your holy temple and praise your name,
      because of your love and faithfulness;
   for you have glorified your name
      and your word above all things.
    In the day that I called to you, you answered me;
   you put new strength in my soul.
    All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth.
    They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
   that great is the glory of the Lord.
    Though the Lord be high, he watches over the lowly;
   as for the proud, he regards them from afar.
    Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
      you will preserve me;
   you will stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies;
      your right hand will save me.
    The Lord shall make good his purpose for me;
   your loving-kindness, O Lord, endures for ever;
      forsake not the work of your hands.