July 31, 2011 is the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.
These collects are very different in tone. Since the readings are the same, Iâ€™ll end each passage with the Free Church book. For Revised Common Lectionary users, the Romans lesson is used in the Easter vigil all years and for Proper 6, year A; the Matthew lesson is used on Epiphany 6, year A.
Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)
O God, who has prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man’s understanding; pour into our hearts such love towards thee, that we, loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desired; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Epistle: Rom. vi. 3-11
- Gospel: Matt. v, 20-26.
A book of prayer for the church and the home (Universalist, 1866)
O God, whose promises exceed all that we could desire or understand; grant us, we beseech thee, the greatest of all blessings, thy love shed abroad in our hearts; thy we may render to thee a ready and joyful obediance as true disciples of thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
- Gospel, St. Matt. v. 20.
- Epistle, Rom. vi. 3.