Acts 8 Moment Gathering at Convention

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The Acts 8 Moment calls on Episcopalians to pray for the Church at our gathering at General Convention. On Thursday, June 25 at 9:15 p.m. at the Hilton Salt Lake City, Alpine East Room, we’ll get together. We’ll pray for the Presiding Bishop election, for re-imagining the church, and for the other important decisions to be made at this Convention. We will read the Scriptures together and consider what God is saying to us in this moment. And all present will be invited to share their own prayers for the mission of the church. Join us in praying for the Church!

Pray for the Church at 5:08 pm

You are invited to join in a practice of daily prayer for the upcoming General Convention of the Episcopal Church! The Acts 8 Moment asks Episcopalians to set their smart phones and watches to alarm each day at 5:08 pm in their own time zone to pray for the church.

Why 5:08? For Acts 8. Acts is the 5th book of the New Testament, and the 8th chapter is the one in which the church responded to a culture hostile to the Gospel with greater faithfulness. The stoning of Stephen at the end of Acts Chapter 7 created a crisis. But the Holy Spirit led the church into new neighborhoods, and out into the wilderness to proclaim the gospel in new ways.

In advance of the 2012 General Convention, a movement called the Acts 8 Moment came together to call the church to make room for prayer, discernment, and reflection on the scriptures. During the General Convention, interested people met to do just that, to join together in prayer for the church. The Acts 8 Moment has continued since 2012, calling the church to faithfulness, prayer, and proclaiming the Resurrection. Before and during the 2015 Convention, join the Acts 8 Moment in praying daily for the Presiding Bishop’s election and discernment for deputies and bishops as they prepare to discuss and vote on restructuring, reimagining, and new ways to follow God’s call.

Pray for inspiration. Pray for discernment. Pray for us all to have the courage to go where the Holy Spirit will send us. We are in a moment pregnant with potential, and we hope for a Church up to the task of being the Body of Christ to a lost and hurting world.

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.

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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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This Week’s Links

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More about this podcast

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.

On Soundcloud:

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Links of the Week:

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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@thecollectcall

Email (listen to the show for the address)

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Or leave us a comment here!

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:

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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.