Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity – 20 September

God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
   upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
   in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive 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 119
        I hate those who are double-minded, 
   but your law do I love.
        You are my hiding place and my shield 
   and my hope is in your word.
        Away from me, you wicked! 
   I will keep the commandments of my God.
        Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live, 
   and let me not be disappointed in my hope.
        Hold me up and I shall be saved, 
   and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.
        You set at nought those who depart from your statutes, 
   for their deceiving is in vain.
        You consider all the wicked as dross; 
   therefore I love your testimonies.
        My flesh trembles for fear of you 
   and I am afraid of your judgements.
        I have done what is just and right; 
   O give me not over to my oppressors.
        Stand surety for your servant’s good; 
   let not the proud oppress me.
        My eyes fail with watching for your salvation 
   and for your righteous promise.
        O deal with your servant according to your faithful love 
   and teach me your statutes.
        I am your servant; O grant me understanding, 
   that I may know your testimonies.
        It is time for you to act, O Lord, 
   for they frustrate your law.
        Therefore I love your commandments 
   above gold, even much fine gold.
        Therefore I direct my steps by all your precepts, 
   and all false ways I utterly abhor.