(23 November 2014, 22 November 2015)
ALMIGHTY and eternal God, who restores all things in your Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords, stir up, we beseech you, the wills of your faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of you be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jeremiah 23:5-8; Psalm 85:8-13; Colossians 1:13-20; John 6:5-14
As Trinity Sunday was the hinge from which the calendar swings from doctrine to discipleship, so today is the hinge from which we return from discipleship training to the final test of Advent. All of today’s readings announce the arrival of our King, Jesus, in various ways. The Collect, therefore, is a prayer to stir up our wills so we can pursue the good works of the Christian life and finally reach our heavenly reward. When Christ’s second Advent will we be found ready to receive our King of kings and Lord of lords?