The Collect Call: For the Fourth Sunday of Easter

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. In the fourth episode, we tackle the collect for the fourth Sunday of Easter, and we learn that sheep are smarter than you think.

The Collect Call is a pilot project offered by the Acts 8 Moment through Easter Season. Will it last past Easter or burn in the tongues of flame on Pentecost? You tell us! If you like this show, please share it, comment here or on Facebook, and leave us a review on iTunes.


This Week’s Prayer

(page 225 of the Book of Common Prayer, or


O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Things we referred to in the show:


The Restoration Project – A movement devoted to nurturing mature followers of Jesus with a clear call


Holli’s Sermon for Good Shepherd Sunday – wherein we learn that sheep will hold you accountable


Listening Hearts – a slim volume about discernment


Easter People – a podcast featuring four friends talking lightheartedly about faith


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.

Holli And Brendan

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.

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