Every liturgy begins with the collect of the day: a short prayer that captures the themes of the day. The Advent collects are filled with language about incarnation and the Easter collects with resurrection images. The collects we hear now, in these Sundays after Pentecost, are filled with language of discipleship and service.
The Collect for Proper 8 (which we heard last Sunday) called on us to remember the foundation of the Church – the life and witness of the apostles and prophets with Jesus as the chief cornerstone. This Sunday picks up on this theme accept instead of talking about the founders of the faith, this collect reminds us of our own call to be followers of Jesus.
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Through love and service we live into the commandments that God has given us. We live into our call to be disciples and followers of Jesus. In our Gospel on Sunday we will hear about the call of the seventy. These people who were sent out to preach, to teach, to heal the sick. That too is our call; to preach, to teach, to heal the brokenness of the world.
This work must be routed in deep relationship with God and one another, that relationship is cultivated by joining together in worship: when we remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Join us this Sunday as we worship the Lord in spirit in truth, because when our worship is over that is when our service begins.