For my morning devotional during this Epiphany Season, I have been reading through for about the third time, the very fine book, “The Collects of Thomas
Cranmer” by C. Frederick Barbee and Paul F. M. Zahl. The meditation for
The First Sunday after the Epiphany is based on the Collect. It reads:
“Lord, we beseech Thee mercifully to receive the prayers
of Thy people which call upon Thee, and grant that they
may both perceive and know what things they ought to do,
and also have grace and power to fulfill the same.”
The devotional that accompanies the Collect follows. How fitting it is for us
in the beginning of a new year of ministry and service to the Lord.
“What ought I to do? How can I perceive or discern what the right thing to do
is, especially when there is more than one possibility?
Moreover, if I am given to know what to do in the midst of quandary, how can I
do it? Will I have gas in the engine to follow through on what I know to be
right? Or, knowing full well the right direction, will I sputter and stall at
the starting line?
This prayer is a model of verticality. Vertical prayer is prayer that is not
horizontal. Vertical prayer does not speak to the people around you as in ‘O Lord, our friend here has a problem and will make sure he does the right
thing’ (which you, the petitioner, have already decided – and are suggesting!).
Rather, the Collect makes no presumptions or assumptions. It takes us straight
to God. The prayer is entirely without judgment. It puts the matter of ‘the
right thing to do’ squarely between the speaker and the Listener. This shows
that in prayer, prior judgments are out!
All the Collect asks of God is that He hear or receive the asking and that He
help the one who prays to perceive what he or she ought to do. And whatever
that turns out to be, to aid the person in doing it. A more succinct, less
pompous prayer could scarcely exist. Pray it today, specifically in the area
of confusion where you really do not know what to do. If the prayer is spoken
as open-endedly as it is written, you will get answers.”
-By Bishop Royal U. Grote
COLLECTS FOR FEBRUARY
January 30-February 5
ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities, and in all
our dangers and necessities stretch forth Thy right hand to help and defend us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O LORD, we beseech Thee to keep Thy Church and household continually in Thy
true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of Thy heavenly grace
may evermore be defended by Thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O GOD, whose blessed Son was manifested that He might destroy the works of
the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life; Grant us,
we beseech Thee, that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as He is
pure; that, when He shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be
made like unto Him in His eternal and glorious kingdom; where with Thee,
O Father, and Thee, O Holy Ghost, He liveth and reigneth ever, one God, world
without end. Amen.
O LORD, we beseech Thee favourably to hear the prayers of Thy people; that we,
who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by Thy
goodness, for the glory of Thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Saviour, who
livest and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without
February 27-March 5
O LORD GOD, who seeth that we put not our trust in any thing that we do;
Mercifully grant that by Thy power we may be defended against all adversity;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Over 100 relatives and friends filled the church on Saturday, January 15, 2011
for the Memorial Service of Carmen D. Greco, Jr. The Greco family expressed
their gratitude, saying, “Dear Christian Friends, Our thanks and appreciation
for your kindness and helpfulness at this time of the loss of our son and brother,
Carmen. God bless you!” The service was followed by a time of refreshments
and fellowship in the Parish Hall.
Mrs. Jacky’s Soldiers - Woman’s Guild Project
Thanks for bringing items to send to help and cheer up area soldiers oversees.
PASS (Pregnancy Aid South Suburbs)
Thank you to anyone who gave funds to help the PASS Crisis Pregnancy Center in
Tinley Park. It is greatly appreciated.
Please sign-up to host a 2011 Coffee Hour which is the 2nd Sunday of each month.
The list is posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. Thanks for volunteering.
COFFEE HOUR BAKE SALE
There will be a Bake Sale during the February Coffee Hour, hosted by the
Woman’s Guild. Funds will be used for missions.
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
Sunday, April 3, 2011 following church in the Parish Hall
The meeting will be preceded by a luncheon.
All reports should be turned in to the church office by Sunday, March 27.
MISSIONARY OF THE MONTH
Please pray for Sue Brodish, former missionary to Germany. She is now living
in Florida to take care of her parents. Sue is the sister of Grace Meyer,
another missionary in Germany along with her husband, Bishop Gerhard Meyer.
3 - Adele O'Brien
9 - Mike Acke, Sr.
12 - Sara Hassert
12 - Jason Casper
14 - Edwina Greco
15 - Tommy Kelly
18 – Lawrence Klingen
23 - Lorie Stultz
28 - Dorothy Novak
A MORNING PRAYER
By Estella Wright Szegedin
Lord, in the quiet of this morning hour,
Let me feel Thy love and power.
Let me so full of Thy spirit be,
That others can see the Christ in me.
Let me reflect Thy presence sweet
To every one I chance to meet.
Let me a friend to people be
That they, too, will search for Thee.
Let me add to this, Thy day,
Love and peace in every way.
PRAYER COMFORT LOSS
By Helen Kitchell Evan
My dear one is no longer
A part of my daily life.
No longer faces illness
In this world of pain and strife.
But is still my very own
For warm memories surround me
And I never feel alone.
God comforts, gives me courage
To face my challenges each day;
He gives sustaining strength
And takes the pain of loss away.
Life, I know, is eternal and
I find comfort in my prayers,
In knowing that my loved one’s
Soul is with the “Lord Upstairs”.