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Collects and Prayers

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A Collect for the 8th Week after Pentecost

Almighty One, whose worth is greater than all treasures that we might discover, for you made them, and apart from you, no treasure would exist, give us patience and strength to endure whatever we must in order to take hold of you and allow you to work in us in ways too deep for us to understand, through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever with you and the Holy Spirit, Lord, Father, Teacher, Friend, and King. Amen. Jacob Reproaching Laban by Hendrick Terbrugghen #Collect #jacob #Treasure #pearlofgreatprice #RachelLeah

A Collect for the 7th Week after Pentecost

Teacher, who sows wisdom into our hearts, teach us to live connected to you through your Spirit in us, so that, as we and all creation waits in anticipation for your return, we would be a blessing to all the families of the earth, through you who with the Father and Holy Spirit reign in heaven with your holy angels now and forever. Amen. Jacob's Dream by Sanzio Raffaello #Collect #jacob #Heaven

A Collect for the 6th Week after Pentecost

O Lord, who spoke wisdom in parables and taught many through stories that mirrored the people's lives and hearts, teach us to recognize when wisdom is being stolen from us, when we are tempted to give up in the face of trials, and when our hearts are being choked by promises of pleasure and wealth and vanity, so that we might seek out the richness of life with you and grow in love, joy, and peace, who was and is and is to come. Amen. The Sower by Van Gogh #Collect #Prayer #parable #sower #fruit

A Collect for the 5th Week after Pentecost

Patient Lord, who understands our weaknesses, having walked this life as we do now, be merciful with us as we war within ourselves, and help us to take on your yolk and walk with you, that going forth tied to you, we might find rescue and rest, through you who lives and reigns with the Father and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. Scene from the Story of Jacob by Dario the Elder Varotari #Collect #Prayer #sin #rest

A Collect for the 4th Week after Pentecost

Father, who knows us better than we know ourselves, give us courage to offer to you that which is most precious to us and the things that we cling to and feel we cannot live without, trusting that while you may burn the profane, you will not take away the things that we need most, but will give them back to us with a blessing, in the name of your Son, who with you and the Holy Spirit abound in wisdom, forever and ever. Amen. The Sacrifice of Isaac by Caravaggio #Collect #Prayer #sacrifice #abraham #isaac