Saturday 4 September

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help us to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Mark 9.30–37
They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

Psalm 147
      How good it is to make music for our God,
   how joyful to honour him with praise.
    The Lord builds up Jerusalem
   and gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
    He heals the brokenhearted
   and binds up all their wounds.
    He counts the number of the stars
   and calls them all by their names.
    Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
   his wisdom is beyond all telling.
    The Lord lifts up the poor,
   but casts down the wicked to the ground.
    Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
   make music to our God upon the lyre;
    Who covers the heavens with clouds
   and prepares rain for the earth;
    Who makes grass to grow upon the mountains
   and green plants to serve our needs.
      He gives the beasts their food
   and the young ravens when they cry.
      He takes no pleasure in the power of a horse,
   no delight in human strength;
      But the Lord delights in those who fear him,
   who put their trust in his steadfast love.
      Sing praise to the Lord, O Jerusalem;
   praise your God, O Zion;
      For he has strengthened the bars of your gates
   and has blest your children within you.
      He has established peace in your borders
   and satisfies you with the finest wheat.
      He sends forth his command to the earth
   and his word runs very swiftly.
      He gives snow like wool
   and scatters the hoarfrost like ashes.
      He casts down his hailstones like morsels of bread;
   who can endure his frost?
      He sends forth his word and melts them;
   he blows with his wind and the waters flow.
      He declares his word to Jacob,
   his statutes and judgements to Israel.
      He has not dealt so with any other nation;
   they do not know his laws.