September 15, 2019

Reflections for Trinity 13

The Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity: Let’s get started by reading the collect for today: Almighty and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service: Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Note: A few weeks ago we looked at the difficulty we canRead more

September 8, 2019

Reflections for Trinity 12, listen

The Twelfth Sunday after Trinity: Many of us live in this mental space: we know how God would like us to live, and we know that we fail to meet that standard – repeatedly. Though we know that Jesus died for our sins, we still live with a chronic sense of guilt, an overwhelming idea that our Father is disappointed with us. If this sounds at all familiar, then today’s collect is going to be good, theologically sound, medicine forRead more

September 1, 2019

September 1, Reflections for Trinity 11

The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity: Today’s readings put me in mind of David, and of what it means to be someone “after God’s own heart.” Here’s the Collect: O God, who declarest thy almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we, running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. There’sRead more

August 25, 2019

August 25: Reflections for Trinity 10

The Tenth Sunday after Trinity: Every now and then I am struck by the brilliance of the way the tradition pulls together readings, prayers and psalms. This is one of the weeks when it seems at a glance like a thoroughly bizarre grouping. But then, when you’ve sat with the readings for a time, the connections begin to become clear. The Gospel reading for today is Christ’s cleansing of the temple in Luke. It’s a text that always tempts meRead more

August 18, 2019

Trinity 9

The Ninth Sunday after Trinity: Today’s collect is is one that “sticks in the craw” for many. And although this is true in modern times, it has also been true for generations. Unfortunately for those who struggle with the words of this prayer, they are completely scripture-based. (And this is actually something that shines about the Book of Common Prayer. It is composed of something like 80% actual scripture, but arranged for prayer. Awesome.) So, because it is scripturally sound,Read more

August 11, 2019

Trinity 8

The Eighth Sunday after Trinity: The Collect for Trinity 8 is beautiful, thought-provoking, and a fit prayer for all times: O God, whose never-failing providence ordereth all things both in heaven and earth: We humbly beseech thee to put away from us all hurtful things, and to give us those things which be profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Contemplating the Collect It’s amazing how much is packed into this brief prayer. I love how it opensRead more