O God, for as much as without you we are not able to please you: mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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.
Job 23. 1-9, 16, 17
Then Job answered: ‘Today also my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy despite my groaning. O that I knew where I might find him, that I might come even to his dwelling! I would lay my case before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would learn what he would answer me, and understand what he would say to me. Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power? No; but he would give heed to me. There an upright person could reason with him, and I should be acquitted for ever by my judge. ‘If I go forward, he is not there; or backward, I cannot perceive him; on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him; I turn to the right, but I cannot see him.
God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me; If only I could vanish in darkness, and thick darkness would cover my face!
Hebrews 4. 12-16
Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.
Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Psalm 22. 1-15
My God, my God, why have / you for/saken me :
and are so far from my salvation,
from the / words of / my dis/tress?
O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you / do not / answer :
and by night also, / but I / find no / rest.
Yet you / are the / Holy One :
enthroned up/on the / praises of / Israel.
Our forebears / trusted in / you :
they / trusted, and / you de/livered them.
They cried out to you and / were de/livered :
they put their trust in you / and were / not con/founded.
But as for me, I am a worm and / no / man :
scorned by all / and des/pised • by the / people.
All who see me / laugh me to / scorn :
they curl their lips and / wag their / heads, / saying,
‘He trusted in the Lord; / let him de/liver him :
let him de/liver him, if / he de/lights in him.’
But it is you that took me / out of the / womb :
and laid me safe up/on my / mother’s / breast.
On you was I cast ever since / I was / born :
you are my God even / from my / mother’s / womb.
Be not far from me, for trouble is / near at / hand :
and / there is / none to / help.
Mighty oxen / come a/round me :
fat bulls of Bashan close me / in on / every / side.
They gape upon me / with their / mouths :
as it were a / ramping • and a / roaring / lion.
I am poured out like water;
all my bones are / out of / joint : my heart has become like wax
/ melting • in the / depths of my / body.
My mouth is dried up like a potsherd;
my tongue / cleaves to my / gums :
you have laid me / in the / dust of / death.
Mark 10. 17-31
As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’
Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age – houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions – and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’
Post Communion Prayer
Holy and blessed God, you feed us with the body and blood of your Son and fill us with your Holy Spirit: may we honour you, not only with our lips but in lives dedicated to your service in Jesus Christ our Lord.