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 SEASON READING FOR SUNDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
Many, at this time, celebrate Creation Season.
This site is committed to the three year lectionary (RC) and its derivative, the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL). Rather than departing from that lectionary, resources will be provided here that can be used to have a particular focus.
A creation reading of the lectionary for the Sunday between 25 September and 1 October:
Psalm 124 speaks of the power of water, the precariousness of birdlife (as a representative of life generally), the predatory nature of humanity, and God as maker of “heaven and earth”.
Numbers presents the human yearning for bounty in creation.
James images the need for water and the difficulties of drought.
Mark also shows the positive and negative possibilities of water and other elements of creation.