Prayer for the Day – Saturday 19 September

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 10.46-52
They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Psalm 24
    The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, 
   the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.
    For he has founded it upon the seas 
   and set it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
    ‘Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord, 
   or who can rise up in his holy place?’
    ‘Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, 
   who have not lifted up their soul to an idol,
      nor sworn an oath to a lie;
    ‘They shall receive a blessing from the Lord, 
   a just reward from the God of their salvation.’
    Such is the company of those who seek him, 
   of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
    Lift up your heads, O gates;
      be lifted up, you everlasting doors; 
   and the King of glory shall come in.
    ‘Who is the King of glory?’ 
   ‘The Lord, strong and mighty,
      the Lord who is mighty in battle.’
    Lift up your heads, O gates;
      be lifted up, you everlasting doors; 
   and the King of glory shall come in.
      ‘Who is this King of glory?’ 
   ‘The Lord of hosts,
      he is the King of glory.’

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