The Collect Call: It’s Fine (Proper 22)

 

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On hearing that God is more ready to hear than we are to pray, Holli observes that she always asks her daughter how her day was, and mostly all she has to say is that things are fine.

This week’s prayer: Proper 21 (BCP p. 234)

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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BLOGFORCE Response – Alberto Moreno – Como a afectado tu vida espiritual el donar económicamente?

” Como a afectado tu vida espiritual el donar económicamente?”

Desde una antropología bíblico – teológica, el ser humano es una realidad holística compuesta por cuerpo, alma y espíritu(1 Ts 5,23), la unidad de estos elementos conforman al ser humano y es difícil además de imposible separarlos, o sea, que no podríamos decir; Lo que hace alguna parte de mi cuerpo, por ejemplo la mano, es algo separado de mi mente o de mis deseos. En el universo, la naturaleza y en la sociedad, todo está en conectado, lo que hacemos, pequeño o grande, bueno o malo, sea en el espacio privado o en la vida pública afecta a los demás. Por consiguiente en una primera aproximación a la respuesta de la pregunta inicial podría decir que mis donaciones económicas a la Iglesia, a las campañas de apoyo en favor de los necesitados, o el apoyo a mis familiares en necesidad están en una relación directamente proporcional a mi crecimiento espiritual, así como la falta de ellas afectara el estancamiento en mi vida espiritual y humana.

Las congregaciones cristianas de cualquier latitud geográfica, étnica o nivel socio-económico se enfrentan ante esta misma constante, que parece ser una ley del crecimiento espiritual y comunitario, que Jesús mismo formula en la siguiente frase:

“Dad y se os dará”. Desde mi experiencia puedo decir que he experimentado la bendición de dar todas mis ganancias a la comunidad en las primeras etapas de mi vida espiritual siendo soltero, es decir, sin estar casado. Después de pasar a la etapa de matrimonio y tener la bendición de dos hijas, he cambiado mi patrón de ofrenda económica, ya no ofrendo todo, sino solo una parte que sea significativa, pues es obvio que Dios me pide nutrir y educar a mi familia, es decir mi esposa e hijas. Esta etapa de matrimonio también me ha hecho madurar como persona en otros ángulos de la realidad humana y espiritual, que son dos realidades que están íntimamente relacionadas. Finalmente el dar económicamente es una realidad que no he terminado de aprender y que siempre me desafía a salir de mi “zona de confort” para ir a los demás en necesidad. Desde mi experiencia de servir en una congregación latina, ha sido también una tarea desafiante enseñar y dar testimonio de ofrendar, pues muchos latinos han desarrollado su vida espiritual con un bajo aprecio por ofrendar económicamente a la iglesia, pero a veces siendo más generosos para ayudar a las personas y familiares en necesidad.

Rev. Alberto Moreno

ONGOING BLOGFORCE: What’s the Spiritual Role of Financial Giving?

BlogforcelogoOur BLOGFORCE continues this week with the following question:

“How has financial giving affected your spiritual life?

Anyone can participate in the BLOGFORCE!  Responses and abstracts are due by 5PM Central Time on Monday, October 3rd and the roundup will be posted on the 4th.

David Simmons
Acts8 BLOGFORCE Wing Commander


How do I participate in the BLOGFORCE?

Simply blog your answer on your own site, then:

1. Paste the code you can find here 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. It should look like this on your blog when posted or previewed:

2. Send the permanent link and a 120 word or less abstract to blogforce@acts8moment.org.  This should be done by no later than 5PM Central Time on Monday, October 3rd .  On Tuesday, the abstracts 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.

The Collect Call: Mercy and Pity and Power, Oh My! (Proper 21)

Image by ocean_of_stars. Used under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

Image by ocean_of_stars. Used under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

Luci Hoad and Jordan Ware, co-hosts of Two Feminists Annotate the Bible (subscribe on iTunes), join us for a second week to talk about the mysteries of using your power to show mercy and pity.

This week’s prayer: Proper 21 (BCP p. 234)

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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The Collect Call: Social Media Sunday – The Origin Story

social-mediaAs Social Media Sunday approaches again on September 25, 2016, it appears to be increasingly embraced by the institutional church. But we love that the origin story of Social Media Sunday is two laypeople doing their thing on the internet. Here’s our interview with Carolyn Clement, one of the people who gave Social Media Sunday its start.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out the Acts 8 Movement’s resources for ways to proclaim, engage, and invite using social media, available both in English and Spanish. These materials are not Social Media Sunday specific, so if you missed the date, you should still feel free to use them whenever seems best.

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15 Ways to Reach Out on Social Media Sunday

social-mediaSunday, Sept. 25 is Social Media Sunday – a great time to let others know about the wonderful things that are happening at your church! The resource below offers 15 ways that members of your church can use social media to PROCLAIM the good news, ENGAGE your networks, and INVITE others to join you. Feel free to copy/share/reproduce/tweet/anything-that-works for you on social media or on paper.

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BLOGFORCE: What’s the Spiritual Role of Financial Giving?

BlogforcelogoIt’s the time of the year where churches start looking at stewardship campaigns and talk about the role of financial giving in our lives.  Therefore, Acts8 proposes this simple question to the BLOGFORCE:

“How has financial giving affected your spiritual life?

Anyone can participate in the BLOGFORCE!  Responses and abstracts are due by 5PM Central Time on Monday, October 3rd and the roundup will be posted on the 4th.

David Simmons
Acts8 BLOGFORCE Wing Commander


How do I participate in the BLOGFORCE?

Simply blog your answer on your own site, then:

1. Paste the code you can find here 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. It should look like this on your blog when posted or previewed:

2. Send the permanent link and a 120 word or less abstract to blogforce@acts8moment.org.  This should be done by no later than 5PM Central Time on Monday, October 3rd .  On Tuesday, the abstracts 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.

The Collect Call: Things That Are Passing Away (Proper 20)

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Luci Hoad and Jordan Ware, co-hosts of Two Feminists Annotate the Bible (subscribe on iTunes), join us to talk about repelling barbarians and new collects for the modern inconvenience of ailing technology.

This week’s prayer: Proper 20 (BCP p. 234)

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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New Collects for Ailing Technology







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One of the things the authors and revisers of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer could never have anticipated was how, nearly 40 years on, the technology replacement cycle would become a pervasive, painful feature of the lives of the faithful. Two weeks ago, Holli Powell, co-host of The Collect Call podcast, faced an ailing laptop. Finding nothing in the Prayers and Thanksgivings or Burial of the Dead sections of the prayer book to ease her despair, she and co-host Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale appealed to their listeners for a new collect.

Listeners delivered! The submissions we received combined an ancient form of prayer with modern #firstworldproblems. We hope these prayers help you turn your mind to higher things next time your laptop crashes. To aid you, we’ve also combined selected words with images, in homage to the prayers The Episcopal Church posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram daily.

From Tyler Richards, a collect wrestling with the love-hate relationship we have with technology:

Grant peace, O merciful God, to your people, who are pressed on all sides by the onslaught of technology, that we, working through the power of your spirit, might strive to maintain and utilize the technology that is set before us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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