Friday 6 August

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Gracious Father,
revive your Church in our day,
and make her holy, strong and faithful,
for your glory’s sake
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 2.1-12
When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, ‘Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and take your mat and walk”? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the paralytic— ‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.’ And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’

Psalm 72
    Give the king your judgements, O God,
   and your righteousness to the son of a king.
    Then shall he judge your people righteously
   and your poor with justice.
    May the mountains bring forth peace,
   and the little hills righteousness for the people.
    May he defend the poor among the people,
   deliver the children of the needy and crush the oppressor.
    May he live as long as the sun and moon endure,
   from one generation to another.
    May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,
   like the showers that water the earth.
    In his time shall righteousness flourish,
   and abundance of peace
      till the moon shall be no more.
    May his dominion extend from sea to sea
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    May his foes kneel before him
   and his enemies lick the dust.
      The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute;
   the kings of Sheba and Seba shall bring gifts.
      All kings shall fall down before him;
   all nations shall do him service.
      For he shall deliver the poor that cry out,
   the needy and those who have no helper.
      He shall have pity on the weak and poor;
   he shall preserve the lives of the needy.
      He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence,
   and dear shall their blood be in his sight.
      Long may he live;
      unto him may be given gold from Sheba;
   may prayer be made for him continually
      and may they bless him all the day long.
      May there be abundance of grain on the earth,
      standing thick upon the hilltops;
   may its fruit flourish like Lebanon
      and its grain grow like the grass of the field.
      May his name remain for ever
      and be established as long as the sun endures;
   may all nations be blest in him
      and call him blessed.
      Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   who alone does wonderful things.
      And blessed be his glorious name for ever.
   May all the earth be filled with his glory.
      Amen. Amen.