Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2011 Preparation

July 17, 2011 is the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost. I’ll be meditating on these.

Free Church Book of Common Prayer (1929)


O God, the Protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we finally lose not the things eternal: grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake our Lord. Amen.

  • Epistle: Rom. viii, 18-23
  • Gospel: Luke vi, 36-42

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


O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing holy; increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, though being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not those things which are eternal. Amen.

  • St. Luke vi. 36.
  • Rom. viii. 31


By Scott Wells

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


  1. Which lectionary and matching prayers of collection, are you inclined to follow? The Free Church set, or the Universalist set?

    I am interested in following your thoughts about interpretation and preaching, and maybe even having some discussion here.

  2. I’m trying to find convergences, but I’d where there’s a difference I’d look for Lutheran and Anglican lectionaries and see which (Free Church or Universalist) has the main line. If they’re the similiar, I’d lean to the Universalist.

  3. I notice that the Universalist lectionary leans towards brevity in its selections, which may have some pragmatic benefits when proclaiming to modern ears that have difficulty following lengthy oral narratives.

    The downside is fragmentation of scripture in the minds of listeners – such that some connections between sections are not realized.

  4. Ahhh… I see. I wasn’t reading the citations correctly. That does give some room for setting your own boundaries on the length of the reading.

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