Saturday 9 October

Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
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 16.9–20
Now after he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. She went out and told those who had been with him, while they were mourning and weeping. But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
After this he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: by using my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes in their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.’
So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by the signs that accompanied it.        [This is the longer ending of Mark]

Psalm 97
  The Lord is king: let the earth rejoice;
   let the multitude of the isles be glad.
  Clouds and darkness are round about him;
   righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
  Fire goes before him
   and burns up his enemies on every side.
  His lightnings lit up the world;
   the earth saw it and trembled.
  The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
  The heavens declared his righteousness,
   and all the peoples have seen his glory.
  Confounded be all who worship carved images
      and delight in mere idols.
   Bow down before him, all you gods.
  Zion heard and was glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoiced,
   because of your judgements, O Lord.
  For you, Lord, are most high over all the earth;
   you are exalted far above all gods.
  The Lord loves those who hate evil;
   he preserves the lives of his faithful
      and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
  Light has sprung up for the righteous
   and joy for the true of heart.
  Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
   and give thanks to his holy name.