Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
This is the Collect of the day for the first Sunday of September. I love it- and I think that it gives a great reminder of the spirit in which we enter into fall.
We will begin a new book for our between services book group this fall, and this collect points to both books that I am seriously considering having us explore: Pastorix, by Nadia Bolz-Weber, and The Ragamuffin Gospels, by Brennan Manning. I do not yet have my final answer for the selection, so please feel free to suggest another book, or to put in a vote for one of these.
Fall will also bring us the Diocesan Convention, St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals, a 12 Step Eucharist, Youth Sunday, A Forum on End of Life Issues, and the beginning of another year of CDI, as well as continued Bible Study between services, and invitations to find the committee that suits your interest for service and ministry. As our last Open Forum with the Bishop’s Committee highlighted, there is a lot going on, and your participation and prayers are treasured.
Mission and ministry in our community, as well as the world as a whole, continues to be strong. We have had great food and backpack collections, as well as volunteers for the Douglas /Elbert County Task Force. St. Francis Center volunteers help out in Denver the third Saturday of every month; we have supported relief efforts in Nepal, Haiti and Sudan, and more events for Colorado Haiti Project are on the horizon.
So get ready—the dog days of summer are drawing to a close and the beautiful, life-giving, cooler days of fall approach!
Keep running—and in it all, let us remember God’s Amazing Grace, Love, Mercy, and Peace. A reminder is in the collect for the last Sunday of the month:
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and Blessings to you all,