The Collect Call: For Proper 11

For a second consecutive week, the Book of Common Prayer serves up a prayer about prayer. It’s kind of meta. Also, the Official Linguist of the Collect Call returns to tell us what propers are and why we call them that.

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 Love:

The Restoration Project

Basic Discipleship

Praying in Color

You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

 

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Prayer

(page 231 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son 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 Proper 10

In our fourteenth episode of the Collect Call, Holli discovers that Marion Hatchett is a man and recalls some beef; Brendan learns that prayer isn’t just advanced wishing.

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:

You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

This Week’s Prayer:

(page 231 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; 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:

The book mentioned by Brendan in our third consecutive retraction can be found here.

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 Proper 8

In our twelfth episode of the Collect Call, Brendan apologizes for messing with Texas (seriously, follow the Diocese of West Texas on Twitter!), and he and Holli both wrestle with what it means to be a temple acceptable to God.

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:

Our shoutout this week is Episcopal Social Media Sunday, which is coming up THIS Sunday, June 29.  It’s super easy to participate (I mean, come on, we’re all on our phones all the time anyway) and a fascinating concept, plus it is the brainchild of two of our favorite Episcopalians on Twitter, Laura Catalano and Carolyn Clements.

 

You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

 

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Prayer

(page 230 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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 Proper 7

In our eleventh episode of the Collect Call, Holli, Brendan, and extra-special guest Brendan’s Dad get World Cup Fever (or don’t), and explain what this week’s collect has to do with online dating and Lord Voldemort.

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:

Special Guest Brendan’s Dad broke the seal this week on our special guesting, but if you would be interested in talking some theology and whatever other random things we come up with, let us know–we’d love to have you!

Our shoutout this week is The Rev. Megan Castellan of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Give her a follow!

 

You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

 

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Prayer

(page 230 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving-kindness;through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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 Trinity Sunday

The Collect Call has hit double digits! And in this tenth episode, we discuss the prayer for the only feast day devoted to doctrine, 1800 year old heresies, and the unexpectedly racy Athanasian Creed. 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:

As we move forward into Ordinary Time, we want to have some special guests! If you would be interested in talking some theology and whatever other random things we come up with, let us know!

 

You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

 

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Prayer

(page 228 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

 

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, 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.

Holli And Brendan

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 Pentecost

In the ninth episode of the Collect Call, we tackle the collect for Pentecost Sunday, wax poetic about the true meaning of Pentecost, and discuss the use of an unusual grammatical flourish by one Alexander Hume, a poet famous enough to have a Wikipedia page, but not famous enough for it to be anything other than a stub article. 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.

Linky Time:

The Pentecost video Brendan mentions

Kyle Oliver’s Twitter account

As we move forward into Ordinary Time, we want to have some special guests! If you would be interested in talking some theology and whatever other random things we come up with, let us know!

 

You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

 

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Prayer

(page 227 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

 

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of 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.

Holli And Brendan

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 Seventh Sunday of Easter

***Note from the Collect Callers: we had some audio issues, which we are working through. Please don’t hate us! We promise to get better. — B&H ***

In the eighth episode of the Collect Call, we tackle the collect for the seventh (and last) Sunday of Easter, where we say goodbye to Easter by reflecting on exaltation and the peripatetic corpse of the Venerable Bede. 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.

As we move forward into Ordinary Time, we want to have some special guests! If you would be interested in talking some theology and whatever other random things we come up with, let us know!

 

You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

 

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Prayer

(page 226 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

 

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son
Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven:
Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to
strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior
Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

The John passage Brendan reads during this podcast can be found here (beginning at verse 20).

Since the collect references the King of Glory, it’s the right time to share this video, which went viral many years ago, with good reason.

And if you want a picture of the tomb of the Venerable Bede (WHO WOULDN’T?), here’s a link.

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.

Holli And Brendan

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 Ascension Thursday

In this special BONUS episode of the Collect Call, we talk about the collect for the Ascension, in the meantime touching on the inscrutability of the Ascension and whether Jesus really ascended into the cloud along with all our data files. 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.

Big News!

The Collect Call was conceived as a pilot project for the Easter Season, but after seeing the interest it’s generated, we’ve decided to keep going! Thanks for all of your support.

We have also launched new ways to stay in touch. You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

Our shoutout for the week is the Rev. David Kendrick, who has been posting about our podcast on Facebook and Twitter. He’s also doing a really interesting project of recording morning and evening prayer on Soundcloud. Thanks David! Follow him on Twitter at @frdavidken.

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Prayer

(page 226 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ
ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things:
Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his
promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end
of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and
reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory
everlasting. Amen.

For extra special bonus points, the collect we didn’t use for Ascension Day is:

Grant, we pray, Almighty God, that as we believe your
only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended
into heaven, so we may also in heart and mind there ascend,
and with him continually dwell; who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

And as not to spoil the fun of hearing the Twitter challenge firsthand, after you’ve listened, click here for a visual representation of Holli’s initial idea.

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.

Holli And Brendan

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 Sixth Sunday of Easter

In the sixth episode of the Collect Call, recorded live at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, we tackle the collect for the sixth Sunday of Easter, where we deal with circular logic and wonder what it’s like to be in seminary. 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.

Big News!

 

The Collect Call was conceived as a pilot project for the Easter Season, but after seeing the interest it’s generated, we’ve decided to keep going! Thanks for all of your support.

 

We have also launched new ways to stay in touch. You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

 

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Prayer

(page 225 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

 

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, 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.

Holli And Brendan

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 Fifth Sunday of Easter

In the fifth episode of the Collect Call, recorded live at Bexley Hall Episcopal Seminary, we tackle the collect for the fifth Sunday of Easter, where we learn about eternal life and the heat death of the universe. 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.

Big News!

 

The Collect Call was conceived as a pilot project for the Easter Season, but after seeing the interest it’s generated, we’ve decided to keep going! Thanks for all of your support.

 

We have also launched new ways to stay in touch. You can now follow us on Soundcloud, you can send us an e-mail (listen to the show for the address), and you can reach us on our new Twitter account – @thecollectcall.

 

If you like the show, please give us a shoutout on Facebook or Twitter, comment here, or leave us a review on iTunes.

 

This Week’s Prayer

(page 225 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

 

Almighty god, whom truly to know is everlasting life: Grant us so perfectly to know your Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Other Things we Referred to on the Show

 

The collect for the fifth Sunday of Easter was previously used for the Feast Day of St. Philip and St. James. Here’s the collect they get today, found on page 240 of the Book of Common Prayer.

 

Almighty God, who gave to your apostles Philip and James grace and strength to bear witness to the truth: Grant that we, being mindful of their victory of faith, may glorify in life and death the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

 

The Wikipedia entry on the heat death of the universe. Honestly we can’t make heads or tails of this.

 

Thank you to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village, Ohio, for helping get the word out about our show. You can follow St. Barnabas on Twitter at @bvbarnabas.

 

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.

Holli And Brendan

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.