OREMUS: 4 August 2005
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OREMUS for Thursday, August 4, 2005
O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, O God,
the giver of every gift that endures.
By the word of your Son,
you challenge our foolishness,
confront our greed,
and shape our lives
to the wisdom of the Gospel.
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.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with my whole heart;*
before the gods I will sing your praise.
I will bow down towards your holy temple
and praise your name,*
because of your love and faithfulness;
For you have glorified your name*
and your word above all things.
When I called, you answered me;*
you increased my strength within me.
All the kings of the earth will praise you, O Lord,*
when they have heard the words of your mouth.
They will sing of the ways of the Lord,*
that great is the glory of the Lord.
Though the Lord be high, he cares for the lowly;*
he perceives the haughty from afar.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you keep me safe;*
you stretch forth your hand
against the fury of my enemies;
your right hand shall save me.
The Lord will make good his purpose for me;*
O Lord, your love endures for ever;
do not abandon the works of your hands.
Lord, hear my prayer,
and in your faithfulness heed my supplications;*
answer me in your righteousness.
Enter not into judgement with your servant,*
for in your sight shall no one living be justified.
For my enemy has sought my life
and has crushed me to the ground;*
making me live in dark places
like those who are long dead.
My spirit faints within me;*
my heart within me is desolate.
I remember the time past;
I muse upon all your deeds;*
I consider the works of your hands.
I spread out my hands to you;*
my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land.
O Lord, make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me;*
do not hide your face from me
or I shall be like those who go down to the Pit.
Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning,
for I put my trust in you;*
show me the road that I must walk,
for I lift up my soul to you.
Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord,*
for I flee to you for refuge.
Teach me to do what pleases you, for you are my God;*
let your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Revive me, O Lord, for your name's sake;*
for your righteousness' sake, bring me out of trouble.
A Song of Christ's Appearing (1 Timothy 3:16; 6:15-16)
Christ Jesus was revealed in the flesh
and vindicated in the spirit.
He was seen by angels
and proclaimed among the nations.
Believed in throughout the world,
he was taken up in glory.
This will be made manifest at the proper time
by the blessed and only Sovereign,
Who alone has immortality,
and dwells in unapproachable light.
To the King of kings and Lord of lords
be honour and eternal dominion. 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 [Romans 9:27-33]:
And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, 'Though the
number of the children of Israel were like the sand of
the sea, only a remnant of them will be saved; for the
Lord will execute his sentence on the earth quickly and
decisively.' And as Isaiah predicted,
'If the Lord of hosts had not left survivors to us,
we would have fared like Sodom
and been made like Gomorrah.'
What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for
righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness
through faith; but Israel, who did strive for the
righteousness that is based on the law, did not succeed
in fulfilling that law. Why not? Because they did not
strive for it on the basis of faith, but as if it were
based on works. They have stumbled over the
stumbling-stone, as it is written,
'See, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people
stumble, a rock that will make them fall,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.'
For another Biblical reading,
Words: H.C. Shuttleworth (1850-1900)
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Father of men, in whom are one
all humankind beneath thy sun,
'stablish our work in thee begun.
Except the house be built of thee,
vain the builder's toil must be:
O strengthen our infirmity!
Man lives not for himself alone,
in others' good he finds his own,
life's worth in fellowship is known.
We, friends and comrades on life's way,
gather within these walls to pray:
bless thou our fellowship to-day.
0 Christ, our Elder Brother, who
by serving man God's will didst do,
help us to serve our brethren too.
Guide us to seek the things above,
the base to shun, the pure approve,
to live by thy free law of love.
In all our work, in all our play,
be with us, Lord, our Friend, our Stay;
lead onward to the perfect day:
then may we know, earth's lesson e'er,
with comrades missed or gone before,
heaven's fellowship for evermore.
The Benedictus (Morning), the
Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Most holy and gracious God,
we praise you for the glorious freedom
we have together in Christ Jesus.
You have called us to be brothers and sisters
in the covenant of your Church.
Hear our desire to live in covenant relationships
of binding and loosing,
so that we may truly be your faithful people.
hear our prayer.
Enlarge our understandings of how we can work together
to raise up your Church and your mission
in this technological age.
hear our prayer.
Hear our prayer especially for the Diocese of
Pretoria, South Africa, The Rt Revd Dr Johannes T Seoka, Bishop;
and the Diocese of Mpumalanga, South Africa, The Rt Revd Les Walker, Bishop.
hear our prayer.
Forgive us for not being sensitive to one another
and for preferring to be loners instead of joining in our common cause.
hear our prayer.
As you have forgiven us, may we forgive one another.
May our love flow like an everlasting river,
making our baptismal covenant a daily reality.
hear our prayer.
Lord our God, supreme over all things,
we ask you to look upon the humble and lowly,
to put new strength into our souls
and to complete your purpose for us,
in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.
- The Lord's Prayer
Quench our thirst with your gift of belief,
that we may no longer work for food that perishes,
but believe in the One whom you have sent. Amen.
The psalms, collect 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 is 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 prayer use sentences from
prayers in _Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language_.
Canterbury Press, Norwich, 1999.
The intercession is adapted by Stephen Benner from a prayer by Emma
Richards, Villa Park, Illinois as adapted in _Words for Worship_;
used by permission of Herald Press.
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