OREMUS: 23 August 2005
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OREMUS for Tuesday, August 23, 2005
O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, Almighty God, Father of all mercies,
we give you thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness
to us and to all whom you have made.
We bless you for our creation, preservation,
and all the blessings of this life;
but above all for your immeasurable love
in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ;
for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory.
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.
Let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;*
let them also be merry and joyful.
Sing to God, sing praises to his name;
exalt him who rides upon the heavens;*
Yahweh is his name, rejoice before him!
Father of orphans, defender of widows,*
God in his holy habitation!
God gives the solitary a home
and brings forth prisoners into freedom;*
but the rebels shall live in dry places.
O God, when you went forth before your people,*
when you marched through the wilderness,
The earth shook and the skies poured down rain,
at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,*
at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
You sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance;*
you refreshed the land when it was weary.
Your people found their home in it;*
in your goodness, O God,
you have made provision for the poor.
The Lord gave the word;*
great was the company of women who bore the tidings:
Blessed be the Lord day by day,*
the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens.
He is our God, the God of our salvation;*
God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.
Your procession is seen, O God,*
your procession into the sanctuary, my God and my King.
The singers go before, musicians follow after,*
in the midst of maidens playing upon the hand-drums.
Bless God in the congregation;*
bless the Lord, you that are of the fountain of Israel.
There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head;
the princes of Judah in a company;*
and the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali.
Send forth your strength, O God;*
establish, O God, what you have wrought for us.
Kings shall bring gifts to you,*
for your temple's sake at Jerusalem.
Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds,*
and the peoples, a herd of wild bulls with its calves.
Trample down those who lust after silver;*
scatter the peoples that delight in war.
Ascribe power to God;*
his majesty is over Israel;
his strength is in the skies.
How wonderful is God in his holy places!*
the God of Israel giving strength and power to his people!
Blessed be God!
Be pleased, O God, to deliver me;*
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Let those who seek my life
be ashamed and altogether dismayed;*
let those who take pleasure in my misfortune
draw back and be disgraced.
Let those who say to me 'Aha!'
and gloat over me turn back,*
because they are ashamed.
Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you;*
let those who love your salvation say for ever,
'Great is the Lord!'
But as for me, I am poor and needy;*
come to me speedily, O God.
You are my helper and my deliverer;*
O Lord, do not tarry.
A Song of Peace (Isaiah 2:3-5)
Come, let us go up to the mountain of God,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
That God may teach us his ways,
and that we may walk in his paths.
For the law shall go out from Zion,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
God shall judged between the nations,
and shall mediate for many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war any more.
O people of Jacob, come:
let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Praise the Lord, O my soul!*
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in rulers,
nor in any child of earth,*
for there is no help in them.
When they breathe their last, they return to earth,*
and in that day their thoughts perish.
Happy are they who have the God of Jacob
for their help!*
whose hope is in the Lord their God;
Who made heaven and earth, the seas,
and all that is in them;*
who keeps his promise for ever;
Who gives justice to those who are oppressed,*
and food to those who hunger.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
the Lord opens the eyes of the blind;*
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord cares for the stranger;*
he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.
The Lord shall reign for ever,*
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
READING [Proverbs 2:1-8]:
My child, if you accept my words
and treasure up my commandments within you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
if you indeed cry out for insight,
and raise your voice for understanding;
if you seek it like silver,
and search for it as for hidden treasures
then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly,
guarding the paths of justice
and preserving the way of his faithful ones.
For another Biblical reading,
Words: Ray Palmer, 1830
Tune: Olivet, St. Peblig, Denbigh, Dulwich
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My faith looks up to thee,
thou Lamb of Calvary,
Now hear me while I pray,
take all my guilt away;
O let me from this day
be wholly thine.
May thy rich grace impart
strength to my fainting heart,
my zeal inspire;
as thou hast died for me,
O may my love to thee
pure, warm and changeless be,
a living fire.
While life's dark maze I tread,
and griefs around me spread,
be thou my guide;
bid darkness turn to day;
wipe sorrow's tears away,
nor let me ever stray
from thee aside.
When ends life's transient dream,
when death's cold sullen stream
shall o'er me roll;
blest Savior, then in love
fear and distrust remove;
O bear me safe above,
a ransomed soul.
The Benedictus (Morning), the
Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
We seek you daily, O Father,
and you are there daily to be found.
Wherever we seek you,
at home, at work, on the highway,
you are there, O Lord.
Whatever we do,
eating and drinking,
writing or working,
readings, meditating or praying,
you are there, O Lord.
If we are oppressed,
you defend us, O Lord.
If we hunger,
you feed us, O Lord.
Whatever we need,
you give us, O Lord.
We pray for your Church, especially the Diocese of
Rochester, England, The Rt Revd Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop.
Hear us, O Lord.
you create order out of our chaos,
you turn over our neatly-ordered plans:
Send your revolutionary Holy Spirit into our lives,
that in all we do we may follow you;
through Jesus Christ, the giver of true freedom. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.
- The Lord's Prayer
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. 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 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 The Book of Common Prayer According to the Use of The
The intercession is by Stephen Benner and is based on a prayer by James
Norden written in 1548
The collect is (c) Stephen T. Benner.
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