Thursday 2 September

Collect
Almighty God,
you search us and know us:
may we rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all our days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 9.2–13
 Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.
 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead could mean. Then they asked him, ‘Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?’ He said to them, ‘Elijah is indeed coming first to restore all things. How then is it written about the Son of Man, that he is to go through many sufferings and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written about him.’

Psalm 143
    Hear my prayer, O Lord,
      and in your faithfulness give ear to my supplications;
   answer me in your righteousness.
    Enter not into judgement with your servant,
   for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
    For the enemy has pursued me,
      crushing my life to the ground,
   making me sit in darkness like those long dead.
    My spirit faints within me;
   my heart within me is desolate.
    I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds;
   I consider the works of your hands.
    I stretch out my hands to you;
   my soul gasps for you like a thirsty land.
    O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me;
   hide not your face from me
      lest I be like those who go down to the Pit.
    Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
      for in you I put my trust;
   show me the way I should walk in,
      for I lift up my soul to you.
    Deliver me, O Lord, from my enemies,
   for I flee to you for refuge.
      Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;
   let your kindly spirit lead me on a level path.
      Revive me, O Lord, for your name’s sake;
   for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble.
      In your faithfulness, slay my enemies,
      and destroy all the adversaries of my soul,
   for truly I am your servant.