Collects – The Church’s Prayer, Part 1
When I went to college at Concordia, Ann Arbor I learned how to write a collect. It opened my eyes to the construction of the prayer of the church, the collect.
A collect has a 5-part structure:
(1) an address to God;
(2) a relative or participle clause referring to some attribute of God, or to one of his saving acts;
(3) the petition;
(4) the reason for which we ask;
(5) the conclusion.
As I was researching the collect recently, I found this Anglican priest’s lesson–complete with puppets!
Here, for example was last week’s collect:
(1) Almighty and everlasting God, (2) You knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ. (3) Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, (4) we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You; through (5) Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
More to come…
Angel Food Cake
Here is what can only be described as a gift. So I’m sitting in church before the service started last Sunday, contemplating who knows what, and here comes Doris H. asking if she can make me the angel food cake recipe (p. 73) in the cookbook. Why, yes, thank you! I immediately thought ahead to our next youth gathering, and said, let’s feed it to the kids! So, thank you, Doris, not only for submitting such a wonderful recipe, but also offering to bake it so I can blog about it.
Doris mentioned that it’s best to take the cake out of the oven and turn it upside down. Good advice, thanks, Doris! Here it is cooling.
And here’s the delectable-looking finished product, which the youth enjoyed on Sunday evening.