A Collect for Security in God’s Love

Almighty God, who needs nothing from your creation, but loves us freely, secure us so deeply in your love that we do not need the esteem of others to be satisfied and we are free to be in the place you have prepared for us, no matter the state, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit in love eternal. Amen. ‘ They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi.’ – Matthew 23:5-7