Bible Readings for 28 January 2024

Psalm 111

Alleluia.
      I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, ♦︎
   in the company of the faithful and in the congregation.
  The works of the Lord are great, ♦︎
   sought out by all who delight in them.
  His work is full of majesty and honour ♦︎
   and his righteousness endures for ever.
  He appointed a memorial for his marvellous deeds; ♦︎
   the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
  He gave food to those who feared him; ♦︎
   he is ever mindful of his covenant.
  He showed his people the power of his works ♦︎
   in giving them the heritage of the nations.
  The works of his hands are truth and justice; ♦︎
   all his commandments are sure.
  They stand fast for ever and ever; ♦︎
   they are done in truth and equity.
  He sent redemption to his people;
      he commanded his covenant for ever; ♦︎
   holy and awesome is his name.
  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
      a good understanding have those who live by it; ♦︎
   his praise endures for ever.

Mark 1:21-28

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Collect Prayer

God our creator,
who in the beginning
commanded the light to shine out of darkness:
we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ
may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief,
shine into the hearts of all your people,
and reveal the knowledge of your glory
in the face of 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.

Post Communion Prayer

Generous Lord,
in word and eucharist we have proclaimed the mystery of your love:
help us so to live out our days
that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

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