Prayer for the Day – Saturday 26 September

Collect
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 12.18-27
Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, ‘Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no child, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. There were seven brothers; the first married and, when he died, left no children; and the second married her and died, leaving no children; and the third likewise; none of the seven left children. Last of all the woman herself died. In the resurrection whose wife will she be? For the seven had married her.’
Jesus said to them, ‘Is not this the reason you are wrong, that you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God? For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the story about the bush, how God said to him, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob”? He is God not of the dead, but of the living; you are quite wrong.’

Psalm 46
    God is our refuge and strength, 
   a very present help in trouble;
    Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, 
   and though the mountains tremble in the heart of the sea;
    Though the waters rage and swell, 
   and though the mountains quake at the towering seas.
    There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, 
   the holy place of the dwelling of the Most High.
    God is in the midst of her;
      therefore shall she not be removed; 
   God shall help her at the break of day.
    The nations are in uproar and the kingdoms are shaken, 
   but God utters his voice and the earth shall melt away.
    The Lord of hosts is with us; 
   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
    Come and behold the works of the Lord, 
   what destruction he has wrought upon the earth.
    He makes wars to cease in all the world; 
   he shatters the bow and snaps the spear
      and burns the chariots in the fire.
      ‘Be still, and know that I am God; 
   I will be exalted among the nations;
      I will be exalted in the earth.’
      The Lord of hosts is with us; 
   the God of Jacob is our stronghold.