Prayer for the Day – Thursday 22 October

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Faithful Lord,
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John 13.31–38
When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’
Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, where are you going?’ Jesus answered, ‘Where I am going, you cannot follow me now; but you will follow afterwards.’ Peter said to him, ‘Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.’ Jesus answered, ‘Will you lay down your life for me? Very truly, I tell you, before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.

Psalm 114
    When Israel came out of Egypt,
   the house of Jacob from a people of a strange tongue,
    Judah became his sanctuary,
   Israel his dominion.
    The sea saw that, and fled;
   Jordan was driven back.
    The mountains skipped like rams,
   the little hills like young sheep.
    What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?
   O Jordan, that you were driven back?
    You mountains, that you skipped like rams,
   you little hills like young sheep?
    Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the God of Jacob,
    Who turns the hard rock into a pool of water,
   the flint-stone into a springing well.