It looks like they worked! I passed my General Ordination Exams! Sincerely, thanks to all who offered kind words and wisdom. A major hurdle is behind me -- thanks in no small part to God's grace and your faithful prayers.
I'm a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. This blog a place for my sermons and other material to reside while I was in seminary. Now you can find my sermons, instructional photo essays and other musings at: http://fathermarkcollins.blogspot.com.
The ABC & me
The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Rowan D. Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of All England, and, ummmm, me...
The PB & me
The Most Rev. Katherine Jefferts Schori, Primate and Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church and, err, me...
The Bishop & me
The Rt. Rev. Mark S. Sisk (right) & the freshly ordained Rev. Deacon Mark R. Collins
God of Power and Might, stretch forth your strong arm to fortify and protect our armed forces in harm’s way around the world.
Watch over and defend them, and all who guard life and liberty.
Grant that, by meeting danger with courage and by meeting all occasions with discipline and loyalty, they may truly serve the cause of justice.
Preserve their lives, O Lord, during their time of service, and bring them home to their families and communities; swiftly, safely, and soundly.
Just and gracious God, we entreat you to remove the circumstances and causes of this and every war, and to establish your peace on this earth, among all the nations -- and in every human heart.
These things we ask in the name of the Prince of Peace: Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road and may God's blessing be with you always. Amen.
(attributed to St. Clare)