Sunday 19 September

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear the prayers
   of your people who call upon you;
and grant that they may both perceive and know
   what things they ought to do,
and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil them;
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.

Matthew 8.23–34
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We are perishing!’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a dead calm. They were amazed, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?’
 When he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs coming out of the tombs met him. They were so fierce that no one could pass that way. Suddenly they shouted, ‘What have you to do with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?’ Now a large herd of swine was feeding at some distance from them. The demons begged him, ‘If you cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ And he said to them, ‘Go!’ So they came out and entered the swine; and suddenly, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and perished in the water. The swineherds ran off, and on going into the town, they told the whole story about what had happened to the demoniacs. Then the whole town came out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their neighbourhood.

Psalm 119.137–152
        Righteous are you, O Lord,
   and true are your judgements.
        You have ordered your decrees in righteousness
   and in great faithfulness.
        My indignation destroys me,
   because my adversaries forget your word.
        Your word has been tried to the uttermost
   and so your servant loves it.
        I am small and of no reputation,
   yet do I not forget your commandments.
        Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness
   and your law is the truth.
        Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me,
   yet my delight is in your commandments.
        The righteousness of your testimonies is everlasting;
   O grant me understanding and I shall live.
        I call with my whole heart;
   answer me, O Lord, that I may keep your statutes.
        To you I call, O save me!
   And I shall keep your testimonies.
        Early in the morning I cry to you,
   for in your word is my trust.
        My eyes are open before the night watches,
   that I may meditate on your word.
        Hear my voice, O Lord, according to your faithful love;
   according to your judgement, give me life.
        They draw near that in malice persecute me,
   who are far from your law.
        You, O Lord, are near at hand,
   and all your commandments are true.
        Long have I known of your testimonies,
   that you have founded them for ever.