Prayer for the Day – Friday 18 September

Collect
Lord God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 10.35-45
James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’
When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

from Psalm 22
    My God, my God, why have you forsaken me, 
   and are so far from my salvation,
      from the words of my distress?
    O my God, I cry in the daytime,
      but you do not answer; 
   and by night also, but I find no rest.
    Yet you are the Holy One, 
   enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
    Our forebears trusted in you; 
   they trusted, and you delivered them.
    They cried out to you and were delivered; 
   they put their trust in you and were not confounded.
    But as for me, I am a worm and no man, 
   scorned by all and despised by the people.
    All who see me laugh me to scorn; 
   they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,
    ‘He trusted in the Lord; let him deliver him; 
   let him deliver him, if he delights in him.’
    But it is you that took me out of the womb 
   and laid me safe upon my mother’s breast.
      On you was I cast ever since I was born; 
   you are my God even from my mother’s womb.
      Be not far from me, for trouble is near at hand 
   and there is none to help.

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