Sermon on the Mount

Let us pray (in silence) [that our hope in God may influence us daily]

Pause

Keep the household of your church, O God, [or Keep the whānau of…]
safe in your tender compassion,
so that we who entrust ourselves totally to your heavenly grace
may always be defended by your protection;
through Jesus Christ
who is alive with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

The above is part of my attempt to provide a set of collects with history and commentary. It is shared by Roman Catholics, Anglicans (Episcopalians), and others.

Here is my commentary for this collect for Ordinary 5.

We call this Sunday “The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time”, but in NZ Anglicanism, The General Synod Te Hinota Whanui rules have “Ordinary time is the period after the Feast of the Presentation of Christ until Shrove Tuesday”. So, this coming Sunday, 9 February, is the first Sunday in NZ Anglicanism’s Ordinary Time. Our NZ Anglican 2020 Lectionary Booklet does not follow this, however, and (I agree with this rebellion!) calls 9 February, with the majority Christian position, “The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time”. What is now peculiar, in our NZ Anglican Lectionary Booklet’s rebellion against our Church’s rules, is that it has a “Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time”, but no First, Second, Third, or Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time!

Other resources: textweek
Resourcing Preaching Down Under
Girardian reflection on the lectionary
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