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The collect for the third Sunday after Pentecost - 



The collect for the second Sunday after Pentecost - 




The collect for Trinity Sunday -






The collect for The Day of Pentecost -



Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

~Proverbs 3:5-6




The collect for the Seventh Sunday of Easter -



The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

~Psalm 19:1


 Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you."  

"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”  ~John 14:15-21 NIV


The collect for the sixth Sunday of Easter - 


Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



The collect for the fifth Sunday of Easter - 



“Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.” John 14:1-3 MSG



My Mother's Prayer

I never can forget the day
I heard my mother kindly say,
You’re leaving now my tender care;
Remember, child, your mother’s prayer.

Whene’er I think of her so dear,
I feel her angel spirit near;
A voice comes floating on the air,
Reminding me of Mother’s prayer.

I never can forget the voice
That always made my heart rejoice;
Though I have wandered God knows where,
Still I remember Mother’s prayer. [Refrain]

Though years have gone, I can’t forget
Those words of love—I hear them yet;
I see her by the old arm chair,
My mother dear, in humble prayer. [Refrain]

I never can forget the hour
I felt the Savior’s cleansing pow’r.
My sin and guilt be canceled there,
’Twas there He answered Mother’s prayer.

O praise the Lord for saving grace!
We’ll meet up yonder face to face;
The home above together share,
In answer to my mother’s prayer.

~ Judson W. Van De Venter (1855-1939)


  The collect for the fourth Sunday of Easter -




Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion us into one united people. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in you to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The collect for the third Sunday of Easter - 





The collect for the second Sunday of Easter -





"Now into the keeping of God I put all things today.  All disappointments, hindrances, forgotten things, negligences;  all gladness and beauty, love, delight, achievement;  all that people have done for me,  all that I have done for them, my work and my prayers.  And I commit all the people whom I love to his shepherding, to his healing and restoring, to his calling and making; for the sake of him who is the light which darkness shall never overcome." 

~ Margaret Cooper, 1886-1980