Wednesday 4 August

  Amen. Almighty God,
who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open our hearts to the riches of your grace,
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
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.

Mark 1.21–28
 They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Psalm 119.57–80
      You only are my portion, O Lord;
   I have promised to keep your words.
      I entreat you with all my heart,
   be merciful to me according to your promise.
      I have considered my ways
   and turned my feet back to your testimonies.
      I made haste and did not delay
   to keep your commandments.
      Though the cords of the wicked entangle me,
   I do not forget your law.
      At midnight I will rise to give you thanks,
   because of your righteous judgements.
      I am a companion of all those who fear you,
   those who keep your commandments.
      The earth, O Lord, is full of your faithful love;
   instruct me in your statutes.
      You have dealt graciously with your servant,
   according to your word, O Lord.
      O teach me true understanding and knowledge,
   for I have trusted in your commandments.
      Before I was afflicted I went astray,
   but now I keep your word.
      You are gracious and do good;
   O Lord, teach me your statutes.
      The proud have smeared me with lies,
   but I will keep your commandments with my whole heart.
      Their heart has become gross with fat,
   but my delight is in your law.
      It is good for me that I have been afflicted,
   that I may learn your statutes.
      The law of your mouth is dearer to me
   than a hoard of gold and silver.
      Your hands have made me and fashioned me;
   give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments.
      Those who fear you will be glad when they see me,
   because I have hoped in your word.
      I know, O Lord, that your judgements are right,
   and that in very faithfulness you caused me to be troubled.
      Let your faithful love be my comfort,
   according to your promise to your servant.
      Let your tender mercies come to me, that I may live,
   for your law is my delight.
      Let the proud be put to shame, for they wrong me with lies;
   but I will meditate on your commandments.
      Let those who fear you turn to me,
   even those who know your testimonies.
      Let my heart be sound in your statutes,
   that I may not be put to shame.

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