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The Collect Call: For the Good Use of Leisure

We belatedly announce our summer break and pray for its good use. Also, major #catdisclaimer. This week’s text (BCP p. 825): O God, in the course of this busy life, give us times of refreshment and peace; and grant that we may so use our leisure to rebuild our bodies and renew our minds, that our […]


The Collect Call: Nunc Dimittis

We interrupt this Holy Week to talk about the Nunc Dimittis, and interrupt it even more with Britney. You’re welcome. This week’s text (BCP p. 93): Lord, you now have set your servant free * to go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you […]


The Collect Call: Lent Collect from the Order of Worship for the Evening

Unearthing a gem of a prayer from the seldom used Order of Worship for the Evening. This week’s prayer (BCP p. 111): Almighty and most merciful God, kindle within us the fire of love, that by its cleansing flame we may be purged of all our sins and made worthy to worship you in spirit […]


The Collect Call: Suffrages A

A set of prayers so good you can say them twice a day – we take a look at Suffrages A from Morning & Evening Prayer. Featured link: St. Bede’s Breviary, an excellent resource for daily prayer: BCP p. 97 V. Show us your mercy, O Lord; R. And grant us your salvation. V. Clothe […]


The Collect Call: For the Judiciary & Local Government

It’s a double-feature! We pray for courts of justice, for local government, and at long last, we meet George Albert Zabriskie, who achieved the hat trick in collects for the branches of government. This week’s prayers (BCP p. 821 and 822) For Courts of Justice Almighty God, who sittest in the throne judging right: We […]


The Collect Call: For Congress

As our series on praying for the government continues, we look at the BCP’s collect praying for Congress or a state legislature. Also, we begin our campaign to get a Kindle edition of Hatchett. We need your help! This week’s prayer (BCP p. 821) O God, the fountain of wisdom, whose will is good and […]


The Collect Call: For Our Country

We look at the prayer for our country on page 820, and find at least one good reason to look at prayer book revision. Also, lectors – take note of a name that might trip you up this Sunday. This week’s prayer (BCP p. 820) Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for […]


The Collect Call: For the President and All in Civil Authority

On praying for those in authority, plus, taking Paul out of context when he’s cranky in this week’s lectionary. This week’s prayer (BCP p. 820) O Lord our Governor, whose glory is in all the world: We commend this nation to thy merciful care, that, being guided by thy Providence, we may dwell secure in […]


The Collect Call: #collectlove

We don’t presume to know how you voted, nor do we even care. But we do know that a lot of people are hurting and scared right now, and we all have to live with each other now that the election is over. We have a homework assignment for you: tell us about ways you […]


The Collect Call: Mercy and Pity and Power, Oh My! (Proper 21)

Image by ocean_of_stars. Used under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. Luci Hoad and Jordan Ware, co-hosts of Two Feminists Annotate the Bible (subscribe on iTunes), join us for a second week to talk about the mysteries of using your power to show mercy and pity. This week’s prayer: Proper 21 (BCP p. 234) O God, […]


The Collect Call: Social Media Sunday – The Origin Story

As Social Media Sunday approaches again on September 25, 2016, it appears to be increasingly embraced by the institutional church. But we love that the origin story of Social Media Sunday is two laypeople doing their thing on the internet. Here’s our interview with Carolyn Clement, one of the people who gave Social Media Sunday its […]


The Collect Call: Judge Not the Pumpkin Spice Latte (Proper 19)

This week we totally solve the mystery of why we need God’s help to love God, and then we fight about the merits of the Pumpkin Spice Latte. This week’s prayer: Proper 18 (BCP p. 233) O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may […]


The Collect Call: Seven Jeans and True Religion (Proper 17)

It was basically inevitable that this week’s prayer would lead Holli to imitate Fergie. You’re welcome. This week’s prayer: Proper 17 (BCP p. 233) Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with […]


The Collect Call: They Say It’s Your Birthday (Proper 16)

The final episode of the show to be released while Brendan is in his 30s. We bewail the lack of Christian unity, again, and debate the merits of the BCP’s birthday prayers. This week’s prayers: Proper 16 (BCP page 232) Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy […]


The Collect Call: For Transfiguration (Encore Edition)

One of our cohosts is under the weather this week, so we’re publishing an encore edition of our eighteenth episode, featuring special guest The Rev. Megan Castellan – the first clergy person to appear on The Collect Call. Megan, Holli, and Brendan grapple with the strange vision of a sparkly Jesus, Jacob’s Ladder, and what […]


The Collect Call: Angelic Custodians with Machine Guns

Holli and Brendan discuss the proper 13 collect and what it means for the church to be cleansed and defended. This week’s collect: Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ […]


The Collect Call: Jesus Said, “Love the Trolls”

What Bible verse was it where Jesus said to “Love the trolls?” Plus, reflections on the collect for proper 12, allegedly one of the most frequently memorized prayers (call us skeptical). Also: buy a lying down desk for Holli! This week’s collect: O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing […]


The Collect Call: For Peace (with the DioWeMo Youth)

As the youth of the Diocese of West Missouri made their way east for a pilgrimage, they stopped for the night at the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, and we recorded a show. This week’s collect: Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but […]


The Collect Call: For Proper 9

This coming Sunday is July 3…but avoid the temptation to use the Independence Day propers! This week’s collect: O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one […]


The Collect Call: For Proper 8

Does God really help and govern those set on the foundation of God’s loving-kindness? Plus, demons, pigs, and why people need to stop saying “you don’t have to check your brain at the door” of the Episcopal Church. This week’s collect: O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you […]


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