Collect for 12th Sunday after Trinity

Almighty and everlasting God, who art always more ready to hear than we to pray, and art wont to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of thy mercy; forgiving us those things whereof our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask, but through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

 Morning Prayer, Canadian BCP,  1962

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, We thine unworthy servants do give thee most humble and hearty thanks for all thy goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all men. We bless the for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; But above all for thine inestimable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; For the means of grace, And for the hope of glory. And we beseech thee, give us that due sense of all thy mercies, That our hearts may be unfeignedly thankful, And that we show forth thy praise, Not only with our lips, but in our lives; By giving up ourselves to thy service, And by walking before thee in holiness and righteousness all our days; Through Jesus Christ our Lord, To whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Renewal of the Covenant

From Prayers on Epiphany Sunday

 

Leader

In the Old Covenant, God chose Israel to be his people and to obey his laws. Our Lord Jesus Christ, by his death and resurrection, has given a New Covenant to all who trust in him.  We stand within this Covenant and we bear his name.

On the one side, God promises to give us new life in Christ. On the other side, we are pledged to live no more for ourselves but for him.

Let us now renew our part in this Covenant which God has made with his people, and take the yoke of Christ upon us.

Christ has many services to be done; some are easy, others are difficult; some bring honour, others breing reproach; some are suitable to our natural inclinations and material interests, others are contrary to both.  In some we may please Christ and please ourselves, in others we cannot please Christ except by denying ourselves.  Yet the power to do all these things is given us in Christ who strengthens us.

Lord God,

In our baptisms you called us and brought us into your Church, commissioning us to witness to the Faith of the Crucified Christ and to be his faithful disciples to the end of our lives; so now with joy we take upon ourselves the yoke of obedience and for love of you engage ourselves to seek your perfect will.

We are no longer our own, but yours.

All

We are no longer our own, but yours. Put us to what you will, rank us with whom you will; put us to doing put us to suffering; let us be employed for you or laid aside for you, exalted for you or brought low for you; let us be full, let us be empty; let us have all things, let us have nothing; We freely and wholeheartedly yield all things to your pleasure and disposal.

And now, glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, you are ours and we are yours. So be it. And the covenant which we have made on earth, let it be ratified in heaven.