The editor regrets that in the shuffle of life the following “Collects of a Personal Sort,” artfully penned by the Rev. William Flewelling, which should be available for the future in each Sunday’s postings, were not included in recent weeks. I’m grateful that this servant of God shares his work with the wider church, and hope that many of you will join him, as you’re able, by emailing me. – DC
Neglected Prayers for 9/4-25
September 27, 2011 by WV-PAdisciples
4 September 2011 Matthew 18:15-20
In the name of Jesus, O God, let us gather
that, filled with the Spirit of Christ,
we might stand in unity
and in union with him
who is our life.
In the name of Jesus, O God, let us stand
to be in humility the vessels of your grace
and your truth all our days.
11 September 2011 Matthew 18:21-35
Forgiveness, O God, strains us,
leads us to the limits of our patience
into the excess of endurance
toward the boundless wonder
you plant in the heart of faith.
Bring us to forgive
even the limit of arrogance and vengeance
that the fullness of Jesus be known
in his own.
18 September 2011 Matthew 20:1-16
Gathered, some early some late, to your vineyard, O God,
we end our day with a day’s wage.
By your bounty, we are fed;
by your mercy, we are led
into the joy of your harvest
and the bliss of your delight,
beyond discrimination in the sheer wonder
of your love in Jesus Christ.
25 September 2011 Matthew 21:23-32
The bold irrelevance of authority begins
our answer in the throes of your delight, O God.
Begin in us the freedom
of heaven’s ways the lithe freedom
of sacred dancers in your fresh light
that we may resonate
the doing of the mercy and the love
that is ours in Jesus our Lord.