(5 October 2014, 20 Sept. 2015)
O LORD, we beseech you, let your continual pity cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your aid, preserve it evermore by your help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Kings 17:17-24; Psalm 102:12-17; Ephesians 3:13-21; Luke 7:11-17
This Sunday we are reminded that no matter how young or mature we are as Christians, we always need to rely upon God’s continual help and pity. Like the widows in the Old Testament and Gospel stories who had lost their only sons, we are utterly reliant upon God to protect us. The Collect, Psalm, and Epistle, thus, take this to prayer in different ways. The Collect applies this to the Church: we seek God’s cleansing and defense for all Christians. The Psalm applies this more personally: we remember that God “regards the prayer of the destitute.” The Epistle, finally, contains a prayer by St. Paul that we would all be filled with the strength of the Holy Spirit.