Dear Christ Church Family,
What is a collect? We pray one every Sunday, but maybe you’ve wondered about its name and purpose. It conveys a gathering of our hearts of minds—a recollection of the self—and a gathering of God’s people in united prayer. And it follows a pattern, first with a statement of some attribute or action of God that reveals who he is, then with a related request based on his character and appropriate to the day/season of the church calendar. There are also collects written for certain themes or occasions.
Here are some samples to gather Christ Church today in united prayer, pulling together several strands of this week in our church and nation, such as: (1) a weekday following the second Sunday of Epiphany; (2) Martin Luther King Day earlier this week; (3) today’s inauguration; (4) a collect for Fridays [liturgically, a day of remembering the cross], and finally; (5) this Sunday’s Local Mission Fair [be sure to visit a table!].
These were the collects presented as I prayed the daily office this morning. Please join me in prayer for our church and nation:
Collect of the Day: The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ's glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen.
A Collect for Fridays
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
For Social Justice
Grant, O God, that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart, that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease; that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
P.S. We also request your intercession for our Vestry retreat this weekend, as we share our lives and long to be good stewards of the gift of Christ Church and her mission.
Dear Christ Church Family,