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week starting August 28

The Collect

collect/opening prayer reflection for August 28 and the week following (BCP USA TEC)

Common Worship (CofE)

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,
be open to the prayers of your humble servants;
and that they may obtain their petitions
make them to ask such things as shall please you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Regulars will know that each week commentaries are provided on collects (as above). Recently maintaining the collect tradition has been significant here.

The Readings

scripture readings
textweek resources

Those who, last Sunday, spoke, for example, about Peter’s gift to receive revelation from God, the father in heaven, and passing on this gift, for example, to the current bishop of Rome – now need to be consistent, and speak this week of Peter’s (and his successors’) standing in the way of God’s mission, and God’s will, and hindering it to the point of Jesus calling him, “Satan!”

Worthy of reflection: how difficult it is to find an art representation of today’s Gospel story.

Commentary on the Sunday reading from Waiapu Academy

Anglican Communion Sunday

The NZ Lectionary calls this Sunday “Anglican Communion Sunday”. The 12th meeting of the ACC, held in Hong Kong in September 2002, passed a resolution urging provinces to observe Anglican Communion Sunday. The idea of celebrating it on the Sunday closest to the feast of St. Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury (May 26) seems a good one. This Sunday is, of course, well away from that date – in fact the NZ Lectionary indicates that here it is the last Sunday in August. Maybe the NZ liturgical authorities have got their Augustines confused! The feast of Augustine of Hippo is August 28. It wouldn’t surprise me! LOL! The Anglican Communion has given up seeking agreement on when to have an “Anglican Communion Sunday”. The Anglican Cycle of Prayer 2001 says, “Anglican Communion Sunday (This day may the observed at anytime in the year)”. Is the Anglican Communion so lacking in unity, small as it is, that it cannot even agree on an Anglican Communion Sunday to pray for the Anglican Communion?!

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2 Responses to week starting August 28

  1. Maybe it would be better to go in the other direction for Anglican Communion Sunday. If every Province had its own ACS, that would mean that on 38 of the 52 or so Sundays in a year, there would be someone praying for the AC. It wouldn’t be too hard to take care of the remaining 14 Sundays. You’d just have to assign some Provinces more than one Sunday. Perhaps one Sunday for Canterbury and another one for York. Or maybe one Sunday for each of the three tikanga in ACANZP. That seems like a more prudent use of prayer resources than to have everyone praying for the AC on the same Sunday. 😉

    • Interesting lateral thinking, Paul. We already have the cycle praying for each province – you are suggesting the reverse. The province being prayed for could, that Sunday pray for the Communion.

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