Ecclesia (Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost)

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for the Day)

He sits astride the beams of heaven;
The clouds He numbers and arranges,
And he changes dust with their force.

And He laid the earth’s foundations,
Knows its height, its width, dimensions,
Holds them in His smallest grip.

And the stars! He was there when
First they sang their morning song.
He was there; He made them sing.

In the vast, wide, desert sands,
He commands the cloud, the fire,
Moves the gathered dust along,

Knows His moving desert flock,
Knows the years, the centuries
Of their cries of inner pain;

And He took to His eternal
Heart all cries, all weakness, death:
All to His immortal side;

All infirmities, all failure –
Taken as eternity
Terminated in our flesh;

And with arms that straddled heaven
And that held its beams together
Open now upon a tree,

Gathered in the scattered, dead ones,
Made them whole where they were broken,
In His body made them one.

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