Saturday 11 September

Almighty God,
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
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 10.46-52
They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

Psalm 20
    May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble,
   the name of the God of Jacob defend you;
    Send you help from his sanctuary
   and strengthen you out of Zion;
    Remember all your offerings
   and accept your burnt sacrifice;
    Grant you your heart’s desire
   and fulfil all your mind.
    May we rejoice in your salvation
      and triumph in the name of our God;
   may the Lord perform all your petitions.
    Now I know that the Lord will save his anointed;
   he will answer him from his holy heaven,
      with the mighty strength of his right hand.
    Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses,
   but we will call only on the name of the Lord our God.
    They are brought down and fallen,
   but we are risen and stand upright.
    O Lord, save the king
   and answer us when we call upon you.