Truth be told, there’s nowhere to go but down after the debut of the “Retraction” theme song, but that doesn’t stop Brendan & Holli from going deep on verb choices in this prayer about what God’s power is chiefly about.
The Collect Call is a podcast that unpacks and reflects upon the meaning of the collect of the week â€“ that prayer at the start of the service that changes every week. Turns out thereâ€™s a lot in those little paragraphs! Hosts Brendan Oâ€™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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This Weekâ€™s Prayer
(page 234 of theÂ Book of Common Prayer, orÂ bcponline.org):
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.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.
About the hosts:
Brendan Oâ€™Sullivan-Hale is a member of theÂ Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Holli Powell is a member of theÂ Church of the Holy Trinity, Georgetown, Kentucky.
Theme Music:Â Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, performed by Aaron DeVries, distributed under aÂ CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.
Image:Â Grant C., distributed under aÂ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.
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