Prayer for the Day – Saturday 12 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 9.30-37
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

from Psalm 148
      Praise the Lord from the heavens;
   praise him in the heights.
    Praise him, all you his angels;
   praise him, all his host.
    Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, all you stars of light.
    Praise him, heaven of heavens,
   and you waters above the heavens.
    Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for he commanded and they were created.
    He made them fast for ever and ever;
   he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
    Praise the Lord from the earth,
   you sea monsters and all deeps;
    Fire and hail, snow and mist,
   tempestuous wind, fulfilling his word;
    Mountains and all hills,
   fruit trees and all cedars;
      Wild beasts and all cattle,
   creeping things and birds on the wing;
      Kings of the earth and all peoples,
   princes and all rulers of the world;
      Young men and women,
      old and young together;
   let them praise the name of the Lord.
      For his name only is exalted,
   his splendour above earth and heaven.