Friday 1 January

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Eternal God,
whose incarnate Son was given the Name of Saviour:
grant that we may live out our years
in the power of the Name above all other names,
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Acts 3.1-16
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. And a man lame from birth was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, ‘I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished. When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, ‘You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.

Psalm 115
    Not to us, Lord, not to us,
      but to your name give the glory,
   for the sake of your loving mercy and truth.
    Why should the nations say,
   ‘Where is now their God?’
    As for our God, he is in heaven;
   he does whatever he pleases.
    Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands.
    They have mouths, but cannot speak;
   eyes have they, but cannot see;
    They have ears, but cannot hear;
   noses have they, but cannot smell;
    They have hands, but cannot feel;
      feet have they, but cannot walk;
   not a whisper do they make from their throats.
    Those who make them shall become like them
   and so will all who put their trust in them.
    But you, Israel, put your trust in the Lord;
   he is their help and their shield.
      House of Aaron, trust in the Lord;
   he is their help and their shield.
      You that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;
   he is their help and their shield.
      The Lord has been mindful of us and he will bless us;
   may he bless the house of Israel;
      may he bless the house of Aaron;
      May he bless those who fear the Lord,
   both small and great together.
      May the Lord increase you more and more,
   you and your children after you.
      May you be blest by the Lord,
   the maker of heaven and earth.
      The heavens are the heavens of the Lord,
   but the earth he has entrusted to his children.
      The dead do not praise the Lord,
   nor those gone down into silence;
      But we will bless the Lord,
   from this time forth for evermore.