OREMUS: 14 April 2005
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OREMUS for Thursday, April 14, 2005
Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Blessed are you, God of life,
in your risen Son
you reveal your abiding presence among us
and call us in our baptism to lives of worship and service,
that we may be his witnesses
to the farthest reaches of the earth.
For these and all your mercies, we praise you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
Blessed be God for ever!
An opening canticle may be sung.
The Lord said to my lord, 'Sit at my right hand,*
until I make your enemies your footstool.'
The Lord will send the sceptre of your power
out of Zion,*
saying, 'Rule over your enemies round about you.
'Princely state has been yours
from the day of your birth,*
in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you,
like dew from the womb of the morning.'
The Lord has sworn and he will not recant:*
'You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.'
When Israel came out of Egypt,*
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
Judah became God's sanctuary*
and Israel his dominion.
The sea beheld it and fled;*
Jordan turned and went back.
The mountains skipped like rams,*
and the little hills like young sheep.
What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?*
O Jordan, that you turned back?
You mountains, that you skipped like rams?*
you little hills like young sheep?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,*
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water*
and flint-stone into a flowing spring.
A Song of the Redeemed (Revelation 7. 9-10,14b-17)
Behold, a great multitude
which no one could number,
>From every nation,
from all tribes and peoples and tongues,
standing before the throne and the Lamb.
They were clothed in white robes
and had palms in their hands,
and they cried with a loud voice, saying,
'Salvation belongs to our God
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.'
These are they
who have come out of the great tribulation,
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb;
Therefore they stand before the throne of God,
whom they serve day and night within the temple.
And the One who sits upon the throne
will shelter them with his presence.
They shall never again feel hunger or thirst,
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
For the Lamb at the heart of the throne
will be their Shepherd,
He will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
To the One who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be blessing and honour and glory and might,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;*
praise him in the heights.
Praise him, all you angels of his;*
praise him, all his host.
Praise him, sun and moon;*
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, heaven of heavens,*
and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the Lord;*
for he commanded and they were created.
He made them stand fast for ever and ever;*
he gave them a law which shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,*
you sea-monsters and all deeps;
Fire and hail, snow and fog,*
tempestuous wind, doing his will;
Mountains and all hills,*
fruit trees and all cedars;
Wild beasts and all cattle,*
creeping things and winged birds;
Kings of the earth and all peoples,*
princes and all rulers of the world;
Young men and maidens,*
old and young together.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,*
for his name only is exalted,
his splendour is over earth and heaven.
He has raised up strength for his people
and praise for all his loyal servants,*
the children of Israel, a people who are near him.
READING [Colossians 2:6-14]:
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,
continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up
in him and established in the faith, just as you were
taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one takes you captive through
philosophy and empty deceit, according to human
tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the
universe, and not according to Christ. For in him the
whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come
to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and
authority. In him also you were circumcised with a
spiritual circumcision, by putting off the body of the
flesh in the circumcision of Christ; when you were buried
with him in baptism, you were also raised with him
through faith in the power of God, who raised him from
the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together
with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing
the record that stood against us with its legal demands.
He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.
For another Biblical reading,
Wisdom 4:16 5:8
Words: Katherine Hankey, 1866
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Tell me the old, old story
of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory,
of Jesus and his love.
Tell me the story simply,
as to a little child,
for I am weak and weary,
and helpless and defiled.
Tell me the old, old story, tell me the old, old story,
tell me the old, old story, of Jesus and his love.
Tell me the story slowly,
that I may take it in,
that wonderful redemption,
God's remedy for sin.
tell me the story often,
for I forget so soon;
the early dew of morning
has passed away at noon. Refrain
Tell me the story softly,
with earnest tones and grave;
remember I'm the sinner
whom Jesus came to save.
Tell me the story always,
if you would really be,
in any time of trouble,
a comforter to me. Refrain
Tell me the same old story
when you have cause to fear
that this world's empty glory
is costing me too dear.
Yes, and when that world's glory
is dawning on my soul,
tell me the old, old story:
"Christ Jesus makes thee whole." Refrain
The Benedictus (Morning), the
Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
O Christ, in your resurrection,
the heavens and the earth rejoice:
By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell,
and destroyed sin and death.
Keep us victorious over sin.
By your resurrection you raised the dead,
and brought us from death to life.
Guide us in the way of eternal life.
By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners,
and filled the disciples with joy.
Give us joy in your service.
By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the women and apostles,
and brought salvation to the whole world.
Direct our lives as your new creation.
By your resurrection you give new life to your people, the Church.
We pray especially for the Diocese of Muhabura, Uganda,
The Rt Revd Ernest M Shalita, Bishop.
Send us out to do the work you have given us to do.
When you came among us in majesty, O God,
you took the form of a servant.
May we whom you call to your priestly service
work to establish justice on earth,
that we may inherit your kingdom in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Rejoicing in the God's new creation,
let us pray as our Redeemer has taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
Stir up our faith, O God of life,
that our hearts may burn within us
at the sound of Jesus' word,
and our eyes be opened to recognize him
in the breaking of the bread. Amen.
The psalms and the invitation to the Lord's Prayer are from _Celebrating
Common Prayer_ (Mowbray), (c) The Society of Saint Francis
1992, which is used with permission.
The canticle and the collect from _Common Worship: Daily Prayer,
Preliminary Edition_, copyright (c) The Archbishops' Council, 2002.
The biblical passage is from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized
Edition), copyright (c) 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education
of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. Used by
permission. All rights reserved.
The opening prayer of thanksgiving and the closing sentence use sentences
from three prayers in _Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary
The intercession is from _Book of Common Worship_, (c)
1993 Westminster / John Knox Press.
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