Thursday 9 September

Merciful God,
your Son came to save us
and bore our sins on the cross:
may we trust in your mercy
and know your love,
rejoicing in the righteousness
that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 10.32–34
 They were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them what was to happen to him, saying, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles; they will mock him, and spit upon him, and flog him, and kill him; and after three days he will rise again.’

Psalm 16
    Preserve me, O God, for in you have I taken refuge;
   I have said to the Lord, ‘You are my lord,
      all my good depends on you.’
    All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land,
   upon those who are noble in heart.
    Though the idols are legion
      that many run after,
   their drink offerings of blood I will not offer,
      neither make mention of their names upon my lips.
    The Lord himself is my portion and my cup;
   in your hands alone is my fortune.
    My share has fallen in a fair land;
   indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
    I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel,
   and in the night watches he instructs my heart.
    I have set the Lord always before me;
   he is at my right hand; I shall not fall.
    Wherefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices;
   my flesh also shall rest secure.
    For you will not abandon my soul to Death,
   nor suffer your faithful one to see the Pit.
      You will show me the path of life;
      in your presence is the fullness of joy
   and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.