Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost preparation

September 18, 2011 is the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost. It’s worth noting the variance in the appointed epistles. The collect, focused on our dependence on grace to serve God in holiness, is easier to pray through the 1965 Melanesia (English) Anglican version, seen at the end.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)

Collect:

Almighty and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Epistle: Gal. iii. 16-22, or Heb. xiii. 1-6
Gospel: Luke x, 23-37

A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)

Collect:

Almighty and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh, that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain the heavenly inheritance which thouse hast set before us by thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Epistle: 1 Thess. v. 14.
Gospel: Luke x. 23.

From A Melanesian English Prayer Book

Almighty and merciful God, through your gift alone your faithful people serve you well and truly, grant, we pray you, that we may so faithfully serve you in this life, that we shall not fail in the end to receive your heavenly promises, through the life and death of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Author: Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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