The Collect Call: for Palm Sunday

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If you’ve ever been to a Palm Sunday service, you know it’s kind of a whirlwind of emotions. This episode is kind of like that.

We’re also going to be with you every step of the way through Holy Week, with special episodes about the collects for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, in addition to our regularly scheduled Palm Sunday and Easter shows. Stay tuned to iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

 

This Week’s Prayer

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(page 219 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org)

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

 

The Collect Call: For the Second Sunday after Christmas

 

Brendan and emergency guest host the Rev. David Simmons go deeper than you could possibly imagine on adverbs and New Year’s resolutions. Holli needs to get better right quick so we don’t do this again.

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.

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Thanks to The Rev. Emmetri Monica Beane, deacon at Little Fork Episcopal Church in Rixeyville, Virginia, for weighing in on our questions about the Revised Common Lectionary. Find her on Twitter at @deaconem540

Follow special guest host David Simmons on Twitter at @frsimmons

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This Week’s Prayer

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

O God, who wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus Christ; 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.

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 15

In our twentieth episode, Holli and Brendan determine that substitutionary atonement is a shade too heavy on two hours of sleep, and ensample some interesting linguistics without the help of our Linguist in Residence. 

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:

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

Or leave us a comment here!

This Week’s Prayer

(page 232 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Almighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of this redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son 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.

Upcoming Acts8 tweetchat monday at 9 EDT!

tweetcatThis coming Monday, July 14th, Acts8 will host it’s second tweetchat!  Gather around your computer at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central for a facilitated discussion.  The subject, following on the BLOGFORCE Meme challenge, will be humor in the church. The hashtag to follow along is #acts8tc

Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale (@IndyBrendan), world-famous co-host of The Collect Call and renowned owner of Episcopal cats will be hosting.

The conversation will last about an hour, and it’ll be a great chance to meet other folks, and talk about this conversation.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Report from the Acts 8 Steering Committee Meeting

The Acts 8 Steering Committee gathered for its second in-person meeting at Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio from May 5-7. Our agenda was to learn new things from those doing work in all areas of the church, to review what’s worked and what hasn’t over the last year, and to determine ways forward. On this last point, we focused on what Acts 8 is uniquely able to do to proclaim resurrection in the Episcopal Church that does not simply duplicate the efforts of other organizations. We also looked for ways to involve others.

Acts 8 Steering Committee meeting attendees. From left: The Rev. David Sibley, Brendan O'Sullivan-Hale, The Rev. Susan Snook, Holli Powell, The Rev. Steve Pankey, The Rev. Tom Ferguson, The Rev. Adam Trambley, The Rev. David Simmons, The. Rev. Megan Castellan.
Acts 8 Steering Committee meeting attendees. From left: The Rev. David Sibley, Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, The Rev. Susan Snook, Holli Powell, The Rev. Steve Pankey, The Rev. Tom Ferguson, The Rev. Adam Trambley, The Rev. David Simmons, The. Rev. Megan Castellan.

We are grateful to guests who shared their expertise with us about what is going on in the corners of the church and mission field they focus on. Jim Naughton of the Episcopal Cafe and Canticle Communications spoke with us about how the church is getting its message out. Missioners for Fresh Expressions and  in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, The Rev. Jane Gerdsen and the Rev. Kyle Stevens explained how Fresh Expressions can invigorate the church in interacting with the greater culture, but noted that it is a complement to, not a substitute for, the parish model. And the Rev. Tom Ferguson (a.k.a. Crusty Old Dean) gave a wide-ranging presentation on the history of missionary societies in the Episcopal Church. While it is in some ways barely conceivable that at one time the Episcopal Church carried out much of its work through geographically dispersed self-funding voluntary affinity groups, through most of the 18th and 19th century that is exactly what happened – sometimes with good results, sometimes not.

Looking back over the things that have worked over the last year, it seems that the Acts 8 Moment’s strong suit is in facilitating conversations about faith and hope among those doing Christ’s work in the Episcopal Church. We have had two notable successes: The Acts 8 BLOGFORCE and our new podcast, The Collect Call.

The Acts 8 BLOGFORCE, led by fearless Wing Commander David Simmons, which puts out questions to the whole church, seeking a response. These have included the Top 10 Signs of Resurrection in the Episcopal Church and an Elevator Pitch for the Episcopal Church. We see this as an opportunity not only to generate and share ideas, but also as a way to encourage the habits of talking about our faith in new ways. Perhaps most importantly, participation in the BLOGFORCE is open to literally anyone with an internet connection. We’re looking for questions that can capture the imagination of the church. Got ideas? Put them in the comments.

Two of our lay members, Holli Powell and Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, launched The Collect Call podcast (subscribe on iTunes; subscribe using RSS; follow on Soundcloud) as a way to highlight an often-overlooked portion of the Episcopal worship experience, and to share their own stories of faith. We’re thrilled that The Collect Call has received favorable notice, and that what started as an experimental pilot project will continue.

Our efforts going forward will build on these successes. We are working out a more regular BLOGFORCE schedule, and are looking at the possibility of Twitter hashtag parties or other online events to deepen discussion of the questions. We’ll also be looking for opportunities to leverage our podcast learning and infrastructure to introduce new topics in line with our mission to proclaim resurrection.

Over the next year, we plan for more experimentation. Some things will work and others won’t – and that’s ok. But this brings us to how we closed our conversations last month: how do we enable involvement with the Acts 8 Moment? Do we go old school and have a formal membership model with a subscription fee and a newsletter? For now, we’ve decided, no. Our projects over the next year will be very participatory in nature. The more answers we get to BLOGFORCE questions, the better. Holli and Brendan are starting to look for guests to include on the podcast (listen to an episode to learn how to get in touch). So – how to be involved in Acts 8? Participate! We look forward to talking with you online or in person in the coming year.

BLOGFORCE MOBILIZE – The Top Ten Signs of Resurrection

imgresThere’s a lot of talk about “decline” in everything; from the Episcopal Church to all the Mainlines, to Christianity, to all organizations that rely on voluntary membership in general.  But we as Christians are a resurrection people.  Even in the middle of Holy Week, we always live in the reality of the Resurrection of Jesus.

I think if we look at the church around us, we see signs of resurrection. New or re-imagined ministry in worship, outreach, education and discipleship that is making a difference in people’s lives.  What are the top ten signs of resurrection you see in the Episcopal Church?


How do I participate in the BLOGFORCE?

Simply blog your answer on your own site, then:

1. Paste this code at the bottom of your post – note that it is code so you will probably need to switch to HTML view in your blog editor:

<p align="center"><a href="http://bf3.frdavid.org"><img alt="" src="http://www.acts8moment.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/blogforceparticipant.gif" width="290" height="73" /></a></p>

It will look like this:

2. Send the permanent link and just the 10 items (no explanations – that’s on your blog) to blogforce@acts8moment.org.  This should be done by no later than 5PM Central Time on Sunday.  On Monday, the lists will be re-posted with links.  At that point, the provided code will point to the round-up page instead of here.

The editorial board of Acts8 reserves the right to decline submissions that are deemed offensive or do not uphold the Guiding Principles.

David Simmons, BLOGFORCE Wing Commander