Friday 10 September

Lord God, the source of truth and love,
keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship,
united in prayer and the breaking of bread,
and one in joy and simplicity of heart,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 10.35–45
 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, ‘Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.’ And he said to them, ‘What is it you want me to do for you?’ And they said to him, ‘Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.’ But Jesus said to them, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?’ They replied, ‘We are able.’ Then Jesus said to them, ‘The cup that I drink you will drink; and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.’
 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. So Jesus called them and said to them, ‘You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

Psalm 17
    Hear my just cause, O Lord; consider my complaint;
   listen to my prayer, which comes not from lying lips.
    Let my vindication come forth from your presence;
   let your eyes behold what is right.
    Weigh my heart, examine me by night,
   refine me, and you will find no impurity in me.
    My mouth does not trespass for earthly rewards;
   I have heeded the words of your lips.
    My footsteps hold fast in the ways of your commandments;
   my feet have not stumbled in your paths.
    I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me;
   incline your ear to me, and listen to my words.
    Show me your marvellous loving-kindness,
   O Saviour of those who take refuge at your right hand
      from those who rise up against them.
    Keep me as the apple of your eye;
   hide me under the shadow of your wings,
    From the wicked who assault me,
   from my enemies who surround me to take away my life.
      They have closed their heart to pity
   and their mouth speaks proud things.
      They press me hard, they surround me on every side,
   watching how they may cast me to the ground,
      Like a lion that is greedy for its prey,
   like a young lion lurking in secret places.
      Arise, Lord; confront them and cast them down;
   deliver me from the wicked by your sword.
      Deliver me, O Lord, by your hand
   from those whose portion in life is unending,
      Whose bellies you fill with your treasure,
   who are well supplied with children
      and leave their wealth to their little ones.
      As for me, I shall see your face in righteousness;
   when I awake and behold your likeness, I shall be satisfied.