Wednesday 18 August

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to us such a measure of your grace,
that we, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made partakers of your heavenly treasure;
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 5.35-43
 While he was still speaking, some people came from the leader’s house to say, ‘Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the teacher any further?’ But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the leader of the synagogue, ‘Do not fear, only believe.’ He allowed no one to follow him except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James. When they came to the house of the leader of the synagogue, he saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. When he had entered, he said to them, ‘Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping.’ And they laughed at him. Then he put them all outside, and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’, which means, ‘Little girl, get up!’ And immediately the girl got up and began to walk about (she was twelve years of age). At this they were overcome with amazement. He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.

Psalm 119.105–128
        Your word is a lantern to my feet
   and a light upon my path.
        I have sworn and will fulfil it,
   to keep your righteous judgements.
        I am troubled above measure;
   give me life, O Lord, according to your word.
        Accept the freewill offering of my mouth, O Lord,
   and teach me your judgements.
        My soul is ever in my hand,
   yet I do not forget your law.
        The wicked have laid a snare for me,
   but I have not strayed from your commandments.
        Your testimonies have I claimed as my heritage for ever;
   for they are the very joy of my heart.
        I have applied my heart to fulfil your statutes:
   always, even to the end.
        I hate those who are double-minded,
   but your law do I love.
        You are my hiding place and my shield
   and my hope is in your word.
        Away from me, you wicked!
   I will keep the commandments of my God.
        Sustain me according to your promise, that I may live,
   and let me not be disappointed in my hope.
        Hold me up and I shall be saved,
   and my delight shall be ever in your statutes.
        You set at nought those who depart from your statutes,
   for their deceiving is in vain.
        You consider all the wicked as dross;
   therefore I love your testimonies.
        My flesh trembles for fear of you
   and I am afraid of your judgements.
        I have done what is just and right;
   O give me not over to my oppressors.
        Stand surety for your servant’s good;
   let not the proud oppress me.
        My eyes fail with watching for your salvation
   and for your righteous promise.
        O deal with your servant according to your faithful love
   and teach me your statutes.
        I am your servant; O grant me understanding,
   that I may know your testimonies.
        It is time for you to act, O Lord,
   for they frustrate your law.
        Therefore I love your commandments
   above gold, even much fine gold.
        Therefore I direct my steps by all your precepts,
   and all false ways I utterly abhor.