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A Collect for Reformation Sunday

A Collect for Reformation Sunday
(Based on Deuteronomy 34:1-12)

Great Promise Maker and Promise Keeper:
You who showed Moses a vision of a land of Milk and Honey,
You who used Joshua to lead the Children of Israel from Wilderness to Nation-building,
You who still call and send us to bring forth the Kingdom;

Pour out your Spirit on what is said this day.

May the sound of Christ's call stick to us like honey,
May the milk of Christ's nurturing voice comfort us past our fears.

Pour out your Spirit on us who hear this day.

May the touch of your hands on our hearts push us into Kingdom building,
May your burning and reforming fire urge us into action instead of reaction.

Pour out your Spirit on your church this day
that the world may reach for the reality of what shall be
instead of living in the broken shadow of what is
through the enlightening Creator, the shining Savior, and burning Spirit. Amen.
Amen. Amen.

About the Author: The Rev. Nathan Decker is the pastor of the Cheriton Charge on the Eastern Shore District and a clergy member of the Virginia Annual Conference. His great love is the diversity and inspiration of God's creative nature in worship.

*This listing of readings comes from The United Methodist Book of Worship and is adapted from The Revised Common Lectionary: Consultation on Common Texts (Abingdon Press, 1992) copyright © by the Consultation on Common Texts (CCT), P.O. Box 340003, Room 381, Nashville TN 37203-0003. Reprinted with permission of CCT.

"Copyright 2008 Nathan Decker. All Rights Reserved. Posted with permission on the Discipleship Ministries Worship website.