Friday 24 September

Almighty God,
you have taught us through your Son
that love is the fulfilling of the law:
grant that we may love you with our whole heart
and our neighbours as ourselves;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Mark 13.24–31
 ‘But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
   and the moon will not give its light,
 and the stars will be falling from heaven,
   and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.
Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
 ‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

Psalm 54
    Save me, O God, by your name
   and vindicate me by your power.
    Hear my prayer, O God;
   give heed to the words of my mouth.
    For strangers have risen up against me,
      and the ruthless seek after my life;
   they have not set God before them.
    Behold, God is my helper;
   it is the Lord who upholds my life.
    May evil rebound on those who lie in wait for me;
   destroy them in your faithfulness.
    An offering of a free heart will I give you
   and praise your name, O Lord, for it is gracious.
    For he has delivered me out of all my trouble,
   and my eye has seen the downfall of my enemies.