A digitally remastered picture disk edition of our first show! We didn’t know what we were doing when we started, so the audio was terrible…now, with our acquired skills, experience the early episodes of The Collect Call like never before.
This Week’s Prayer
Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of the Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
With special guest Corban Qualls, we explore hope and the afterlife, and why the various occasions these collects were composed for exist in the first place.
This Week’s Prayer
Almighty God, we remember before you today your faithful servant N.; and we pray that, having opened to him the gates of larger life, you will receive him more and more into your joyful service, that, with all who have faithfully served you in the past, he may share in the eternal victory of Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
An encore edition of one of our greatest hits – Wherein we find ourselves at a loss answering deep theological questions from the five year old mind, and marvel at some truly confounding cake recipes.
This Week’s Prayer
Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Your friends at the Acts 8 Movement are glad to offer the Episcopal Church a video for congregations to promote their Easter liturgies. The video above is our gift to you. You may post it as is, or you can download a high resolution video and with some basic video editing skills create a customized video for your congregation.
We thank the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for his voiceover cameo role in the English language video. We also offer the video in more of the languages our churches worship in with Spanish, French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Tagalog, Ilocano, and Dinka language versions.
A Note About Customizing this Video
When we launched our Christmas and Ash Wednesday videos, we added a blank spot right before the closing “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” for congregations to add their service times or other information into the video itself. Now with experience, we see that the process takes time and gives an easy spot for those watching the video to move on as many users watch 95% of the video. We’ve omitted this blank space in the Easter video, realizing that the effort does not provide the desired results. This is an iterative process and we are seeking to learn. To find out more of what we have discovered along the way, please read Nurya Love Parish’s helpful post 7 Lessons from the Ash Wednesday Video Experiment.
Those with video editing skill may still customize the video. You could add your church name, the URL of the church website, or the logo to the video itself. You may even add a photo from your congregation with some information during “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You.”
The files you need are linked below each video. Simply Right Click the links to save the files, then upload to your congregation’s Facebook page as a video. Add a brief invite and service times and you are done. Or just embed or link the YouTube video above or any of these videos at our Acts8 YouTube Channel.
Advertise on Facebook
We encourage you to use this video as if it were your own in sharing the Good News this Easter. The following tutorial is provided to walk you through the process of downloading the video from this post, uploading it to Facebook, and creating a Facebook ad.
Facebook automatically plays videos uploaded to the site which is why we recommend this option. If the downloading and uploading process is a challenge, feel free to simply post a link to the video on YouTube in your invitation.
There is no charge for using this video, it is simply our gift to you.
We wish you a most joyous Easter,
The Acts 8 Movement
We Are Still Learning – Give Us Feedback
The Acts 8 Movement continues to learn based on your feedback. Nurya Love Parish will be conducting another survey of churches who use the Acts 8 Movement ad in the Easter season. To participate, please provide your email address using the form at the end of this post.
Thank You to the Many People Who Worked on this Project
Thanks to David Simmons who wrote and recorded the original score for this video edited and produced by Frank Logue. We give thanks to Alex Montes-Vela and his sister Sandra Vela for once again translating and recording the Spanish language video. Ada Wong-Nagata once again came through with a Cantonese language video and worked with the Episcopal Asian Ministries Chinese Convocation to record this in many voices as well as to create a Mandarin language video. Aidan Koh worked with the Korean convocation to create a Korean language version. Fred Vergara translated a Tagalog text for Filipino congregations and Leonard Oakes and Ruth Paguio worked with others to record the audio. Leonard Oakes also added a second of the major Filipino languages working to translate and record the voiceover in the Ilocano language. John Deng pulled together a group to create the Dinka language version for South Sudanese congregations. Pierre-Henry and Sophia Buisson provided the translation and audio for the French language version.
A Note About Permissions
You may use this video without concern for copyright infringement or incurring any fees for this usage.
We created this video using original video recorded for this project together with clips purchased from videoblock.com and are using them within that licensing agreement. Everyone participating donated their time and work product to the project.
Regular readers of the Daily Office probably know this collect by heart and it was for hundreds of years required to be said daily. BONUS: What does the Rev. Dr. Massey Shepherd, Jr. have against compline?
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This Week’s Links
Friend of the show Fr. David Kendrick’s recordings of the Daily Office on Soundcloud.
The Feast of the Confession of St, Peter: Come for the reflection on the unity of the church; stay for the Duane Johnson jokes.
This week’s collect:
Almighty Father, who inspired Saint Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This week’s prayer was written by a former Archbishop of Canterbury, but Holli notes that he may have misinterpreted the Gospel. Plus! We solve a listener’s liturgical mystery.
This week’s collect:
Almighty Father, whose blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one: Grant that your Church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.