Old Woman Praying
Aert de Gelder (1645-1727) – Old Woman Praying c 1700

Let us pray (in silence) [that God may continue to guide and gather us]

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Almighty and everlasting God,
in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations:
Preserve the works of your mercy,
that your Church throughout the world
may persevere with steadfast faith
in the confession of your Name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or

Let us pray (in silence) [that the God who entices us may also enable us to be transformed]

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Almighty and everliving God,
conform our wills freely to yours,
and direct our hearts
to share your glory by our undivided service;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

I am in a quandary. Two collects vie for this coming week’s shared-ancient-collects spot. The first (first, above) is from TEC’s Book of Common Prayer (p.235) – an ancient, shared prayer – the commentary is here. The second (directly above) is the Roman Catholic collect assigned for this Sunday. Again it has an ancient, shared history – the commentary is here.

In time (you may have an opinion that would help me) I will put one, for this Sunday, into my Book of Prayers in Common.

You can add your ideas and resources in the comments area below.

Resources off this site:
Resourcing Preaching Down Under
Textweek
Girardian Reflection

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