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week starting August 14

collect/opening prayer reflection for August 14 and the week following (NZPB)
collect/opening prayer reflection for August 14 and the week following (BCP USA TEC)

Common Worship (CofE) – The Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
both our hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws
and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
we may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Mary mother of Jesus collect/opening prayer reflection for August 15
The Blessed Virgin Mary

newly-announced-here online lectionary resources

Plenty of ideas around Jesus changing his mind; the blind leading the blind; the bland leading the bland…

Commentary on the Sunday reading from Waiapu Academy

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

You can share any comments as well as any resources, ideas, sermon-starters, children’s activities, hymns, prayers, etc. in the comments section below.

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2 thoughts on “week starting August 14”

  1. Does the Kyrie find it’s basis in this Sunday’s Gospel text (Matthew 15:21-28). There are three appeals using “Lord.”

    The Kyrie is not something our congregation has done before, but we’re going to try it this Sunday because of the reading – I think the change will be more well received when folks can hear it in the Gospel.

    1. The Kyrie eleison, Joel, has, as so much in the liturgy, a very complex history. It draws from Jewish and non-Jewish sources – so certainly this Sunday’s Gospel reading stands in that tradition. Within the liturgy it appears first as a refrain for a litany. It is there in fourth century Jerusalem and Antioch and fifth century Rome. It is one of those parts of the liturgy that has survived in the original language – Greek, even when the rest went to Latin. Go well with its re-introduction in your community. Blessings.

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