The Collect Call: For the Third Sunday After Epiphany

After griping about how almost no one on Survivor ever knows how to build a fire…oh, no! “Salvation! Back up for grabs!” Holli and Brendan challenge themselves to deploy some unfamiliar language in describing their relationship with God.

The Collect Call unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

On Soundcloud:

And now–the word cloud! Here’s the one for all the words in the contemporary collects.

WordCloud All Words in Contemporary Collects

And here’s the cloud with the petitions and attributions stripped out.

WordCloud Petitions (Better)

The Collect Call is proud to be associated with the Via Media Collective! Come follow the Collective on Twitter.

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 215 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The Collect Call: For the Second Sunday after Epiphany

After debating the investment merits of Queen Amidala dolls and Beanie Babies, Brendan and Holli get down to the important business of determining whether Epiphany is even a real season.

The Collect Call unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

 

On Soundcloud:

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 215 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

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.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The Collect Call: For Epiphany

 

Brendan throws Yoda under the bus and reveals a shocking anti-We Three Kings stance in our special bonus Epiphany episode, then retracts it before you even hear it. Featuring Holli as the voice of reason.

The Collect Call unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

On Soundcloud:

Link of the Week:

The rendition of “We Three Kings” that melted Brendan’s heart

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 214 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the Peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The Collect Call: For the First Sunday After Christmas

 

For the first Sunday of Christmas, Brendan and Holli contemplate images of light and darkness, and what The Walking Dead and Saturday Night Live have to say to the church.

The Collect Call unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

On Soundcloud:

Link of the week:

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 213 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The Collect Call: For Christmas Day

 

Holli and Brendan go back to basics on Christmas and longing for Jesus.

The Collect Call is a podcast that unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

On Soundcloud:

Link of the week:

Brendan’s YouTube video for Christmas

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 212 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

O God, you make us glad by the yearly festival of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, may with sure confidence behold him when he comes to be our Judge; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The Collect Call: For Advent 4

Ok, ok, even though this episode features something called “Man Town” we swear this podcast is not NSFW, though Holli does drop a little heresy. For real, though, we ponder the possibility of daily encounter with God, and what it means to prepare a home for God in our hearts.

The Collect Call is a podcast that unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

On Soundcloud:

Link of the week:

Brendan’s video for Advent 4

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 212 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The Collect Call: For Advent 3

Come for Holli’s Smorgasbord of Outrage™; stay for Brendan’s ruminations on Pope John Paul II’s funeral. Featuring, for the second week, special guest Kyle Oliver!

The Collect Call is a podcast that unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

On Soundcloud:

Links of the week:

Brendan’s video for Advent 3

Panikhilda for Pope John Paul II on YouTube

NPR News story about Pope John Paul II’s funeral (from which we took audio for this podcast)

Kyle’s Easter People podcast

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 212 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The Collect Call: For Advent 2

Along with special guest Kyle Oliver, Holli and Brendan consider the parallels between the Advent wait for the coming of Christ with the present wait for justice and reconciliation.

The Collect Call is a podcast that unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

On Soundcloud:

Links of the week:

Brendan’s video for Advent 2

Kyle’s Easter People podcast

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 211 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The Collect Call: For Advent 1

Note: We have been informed that the playback link below is not working. While we work on the fix, please feel free to use the Soundcloud link below, which does work, or any of the other ways to find us (iTunes or Stitcher).

Special guest Steve Pankey joins Holli and Brendan to talk about Advent traditions, the Domino’s Noid, and Christ’s Second Coming. As one does.

The Collect Call is a podcast that unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

Or on Soundcloud:

Links of the week:

Brendan’s video for Advent 1

Steve Pankey’s awesome blog, Draughting Theology

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 211 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

The Collect Call: For Christ the King Sunday (Proper 29)

Holli and Brendan learn that Christ the King Sunday is also known as the Sunday of Doom, and reflect on how being in relationship with those in need has affected their lives.

The Collect Call is a podcast that unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week – that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out there’s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale and Holli Powell challenge themselves to learn about the history of the prayers, reflect on their spiritual meaning and application to daily life, and, inevitably, reduce them to tweets.

Or on Soundcloud:

Link of the week:

The history of the Feast of Christ the King

Places to listen to us:

Stitcher Radio

Soundcloud

iTunes

Places to talk to us:

@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

Acts 8 Moment Facebook

Places to commune with us pictorally:

Pinterest

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 236 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

About the hosts:

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale is a member of the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Holli Powell is a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.

Other Credits:

Theme Music: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Image: Grant C., distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.