Let us pray (in silence) [that we may run to receive God’s gift of God’s divine life]


O God, [or God of heaven and earth]
you declare your almighty power
above all by showing mercy and compassion;
grant us the fullness of your grace,
that we, who are running to obtain your promises,
may be partakers of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The above ancient prayer is used by Roman Catholics and Episcopalians/Anglicans and others – and on the same day! It has a long, shared history which you can find here with commentary and reflection: Ordinary 26. The above is my rendering in my Book of Prayers in Common.

A creation reading of the lectionary for the Sunday between 25 and 1 October:
Exodus could lead in to a very effective reflection on issues relating to water, its use, abuse, shortage, problems,… Ezekiel points to everything belonging to God, we are caretakers of everything. This fits with the Matthew reading in which we co-operate with God in God’s work in creation. Philippians can lead to a reflection on incarnation, God takes on full humanity and is united to creation which is sacred and good.

Other resources, if you are celebrating Creation Season.

My Introduction to the lectionary readings (the usual introduction format)

Resources beyond this site:
Textweek resources
Girardian Reflections on the lectionary readings
Preaching Resources Down Under

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