The Collect Call: For the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

After Adventures in Cruising: Norovirus Edition!, Brendan & Holli move on to discuss the peace of God in worship and grief. Also, Holli punks Brendan on what she really thinks about shaking hands in church.

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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This Week’s Prayer

(page 215 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

Almighty and everlasting God, you govern all things both in heaven and on earth: Mercifully hear the supplications of your people, and in our time grant us your peace; 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 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.

One thought on “The Collect Call: For the Fourth Sunday After Epiphany”

  1. In terms of God’s governance/authority… when you guys were having the conversation about which word to use, I was reminded of the interview Walter Brueggeman had on Krtista Tippet’s show. He described God’s interaction with us, in our world, as “disruptive,” and that description has really stuck with me. He elaborated like this:
    “Yeah, well, I think we think in terms of systems and continuities and predictability and schemes and plans. I think the Bible is to some great extent focused on God’s capacity to break those schemes open and to violate those formulae. When they are positive disruptions, the Bible calls them miracles. We tend not to use that word when they are negative, but what it means is that the reality of our life and the reality of God are not contained in most of our explanatory schemes.
    “And whether one wants to explain that in terms of God or not, it is nonetheless the truth of our life that our lives are arenas for all kinds of disruptions because it doesn’t work out the way we planned. I think our recent economic collapse is a huge disruption for many people who had their retirement mapped out or whatever like that, and it isn’t going to be like that. What the Bible pretty consistently does is to refer all of those disruptions to the hidden power of God.”

    Full transcript and audio of the interview can be found here: http://www.onbeing.org/program/walter-brueggemann-on-the-prophetic-imagination/transcript/6088#main_content

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