OREMUS: 16 January 2006

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OREMUS for Monday, January 16, 2006 
Charles Gore, Bishop, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932

O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Blessed are you, God of steadfast love,
turning the mundane into profound
to give us delight and wonder in the unexpected.
You transform our hearts by your Spirit,
that we may use our varied gifts
to show forth the light of your love
as one body in Christ. 
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. 


Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd;*
 I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures*
 and leads me beside still waters.
He revives my soul*
 and guides me along right pathways for his name's sake.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
   I shall fear no evil;*
 for you are with me;
   your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You spread a table before me
   in the presence of those who trouble me;*
 you have anointed my head with oil,
   and my cup is running over.
Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me
   all the days of my life,*
 and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it,*
 the world and all who dwell therein.
For it is he who founded it upon the seas*
 and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
'Who can ascend the hill of the Lord?*
 and who can stand in his holy place?'
'Those who have clean hands and a pure heart,*
 who have not pledged themselves to falsehood,
   nor sworn by what is a fraud.
'They shall receive a blessing from the Lord*
 and a just reward from the God of their salvation.'
Such is the generation of those who seek him,*
 of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, O gates;
   lift them high, O everlasting doors;*
 and the King of glory shall come in.
'Who is this King of glory?'*
 'The Lord, strong and mighty,
   the Lord, mighty in battle.'
Lift up your heads, O gates;
   lift them high, O everlasting doors;*
 and the King of glory shall come in.
'Who is he, this King of glory?'*
 'The Lord of hosts,
   he is the King of glory.'

A Song of God's Children (Romans 8:2,14,15b-19)

The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has set us free from the law of sin and death.

All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God;
for we have received the Spirit that enables us to cry, 'Abba, Father'.

The Spirit himself bears witness that we are children of God
and if God's children, then heirs of God;

If heirs of God, then fellow-heirs with Christ;
since we suffer with him now, that we may be glorified with him.

These sufferings that we now endure
are not worth comparing to the glory that shall be revealed.

For the creation waits with eager longing   
for the revealing of the children of God.

Psalm 150

   Praise God in his holy temple;*
 praise him in the firmament of his power.
Praise him for his mighty acts;*
 praise him for his excellent greatness.
Praise him with the blast of the ram's-horn;*
 praise him with lyre and harp.
Praise him with timbrel and dance;*
 praise him with strings and pipe.
Praise him with resounding cymbals;*
 praise him with loud-clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath*
 praise the Lord.

READING [1 Samuel 9:27-10:8]:

As they were going down to the outskirts of the town,
Samuel said to Saul, 'Tell the boy to go on before us,
and when he has passed on, stop here yourself for a
while, that I may make known to you the word of God.'
Samuel took a phial of oil and poured it on his head, and
kissed him; he said, 'The Lord has anointed you ruler
over his people Israel. You shall reign over the people
of the Lord and you will save them from the hand of their
enemies all around. Now this shall be the sign to you
that the Lord has anointed you ruler over his heritage:
When you depart from me today you will meet two men by
Rachel's tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah;
they will say to you, "The donkeys that you went to seek
are found, and now your father has stopped worrying about
them and is worrying about you, saying: What shall I do
about my son?" Then you shall go on from there further
and come to the oak of Tabor; three men going up to God
at Bethel will meet you there, one carrying three kids,
another carrying three loaves of bread, and another
carrying a skin of wine. They will greet you and give you
two loaves of bread, which you shall accept from them.
After that you shall come to Gibeath-elohim, at the place
where the Philistine garrison is; there, as you come to
the town, you will meet a band of prophets coming down
from the shrine with harp, tambourine, flute, and lyre
playing in front of them; they will be in a prophetic
frenzy. Then the spirit of the Lord will possess you, and
you will be in a prophetic frenzy along with them and be
turned into a different person. Now when these signs meet
you, do whatever you see fit to do, for God is with you.
And you shall go down to Gilgal ahead of me; then I will
come down to you to present burnt-offerings and offer
sacrifices of well-being. For seven days you shall wait,
until I come to you and show you what you shall do.' 

For another Biblical reading,
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1

Words: Latin, seventh century; trans. John Mason Neale, 1851
Tune: Westminster Abbey
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Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone,
chosen of the Lord, and precious,
binding all the Church in one;
holy Zion's help for ever,
and her confidence alone.

All that dedicated city,
dearly loved of God on high,
in exultant jubilation
pours perpetual melody;
God the One in Three adoring
in glad hymns eternally.

To this temple, where we call thee,
come, O Lord of Hosts, today;
with thy wonted loving-kindness
hear thy servants as they pray,
and thy fullest benediction
shed within its walls alway.

Here vouchsafe to all thy servants
what they ask of thee of gain;
what they gain from thee, for ever
with the bless d to retain,
and hereafter in thy glory
evermore with thee to reign.

Laud and honor to the Father,
laud and honor to the Son,
laud and honor to the Spirit,
ever Three, and ever One,
consubstantial, co-eternal,
while unending ages run.

The Benedictus (Morning), the 
Magnificat (Evening), or 
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.

Creator and Sustainer of life, God,
who ever calls us back
to his ways of justice and peace:
we thank you for the gift of the land,
for its beauty, and its resources,
and the rich heritage we enjoy.
Merciful, mighty God:
hear our prayer.

And so we pray:
for those who make decisions about our land and its resources;
for those who work on the land and sea, 
in our cities, and in commerce and industry;
for artists, scientists, politicians, and visionaries.
Merciful, mighty God:
hear our prayer.

We thank you for giving us life, and for giving us our life together.
We pray for all who through their own or others' actions
are deprived of fullness of life;
for all who know sickness, disability, and an untimely death;
for all who devote their lives to ministering to the needs of others.
Merciful, mighty God:
hear our prayer.

Give us reverence for life in this, your created world.
May we reflect the goodness of your creation
in the society we create with and for one another.
Merciful, mighty God:
hear our prayer.

Gracious and merciful God,
slow to anger and generous in mercy,
you call us to return to you with all our heart
that we may rejoice with you in your kingdom:
Help us never to despair of your mercy,
no matter how great our sins,
for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who took away our sins on the cross. Amen.

O God, our heavenly Father, 
who raised up your faithful servant Charles Gore 
to be a bishop and pastor in your Church 
and to feed your flock: 
Give abundantly to all pastors 
the gifts of your Holy Spirit, 
that they may minister in your household 
as true servants of Christ 
and stewards of your divine mysteries; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord, 
who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,
let us pray in faith and trust:

- The Lord's Prayer

Stir us with your voice
and enlighten our lives with your grace
that we may give ourselves fully
to Christ's call to mission and ministry. 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 sentence are adapted from
prayers reprinted from _Revised Common Lectionary Prayers_,
copyright (c) 2002 Consultation on Common Texts.

The intercession is adapted from a prayer by David Bromell.

Charles Gore was born in Wimbledon in 1853 in an aristocratic family. After
the death of Edward Pusey (see BIO at 18 September), a library and study
center was established at Oxford in 1883, known as Pusey House, and Gore
became its first Principal, a position he held until 1893. His appointment raised
some eyebrows, since Gore was known to be friendly to what was called the
Higher Criticism, which favored non-traditional views on the authorship of
some books of the Old Testament.
book on the origins of the Christian Ministry and its development in the first
two centuries of the Christian era. In the same year, he wrote ROMAN
CATHOLIC CLAIMS, a reply to assertions that the Anglican Church was not
the true successor of the New Testament Church. In 1889, he helped to found
the Christian Social Union (he was one of the two Vice-Presidents), dedicated
to promoting the view that Christian principles as applied to the political and
economic organization of society demanded reform along trade-unionist and
moderate socialist lines. His political views aroused some public protest.
Considerably more protest was aroused, however, by the publication, also
in 1889, of a book called LUX MUNDI (meaning "Light of the World"): A
book was a set of essays by various writers. Gore was the general editor, and
contributed one essay. Overall, the book expressed the belief of many educated
Christians that Biblical and archaeological studies and scientific discoveries had
made it necessary for the Church to re-examine and perhaps restate some of its
traditional formulations. The book was a sensation, and considered by many to
be less a restatement than an abandonment of traditional doctrines. Gore's
essay was called, "On the Inspiration of Holy Scripture." He distinguished
sharply between the Old and New Testaments, saying that the New Testament
accounts were either eye-witness or close to eye-witness accounts of the
events described, while we had reason to suppose that some Old Testament
accounts were written centuries after the event, and were not reliable sources
of factual detail. Their value is not as a revelation of historical of scientific
information, but as a revelation of God's nature and his dealings with us.
Earlier, in 1887, Gore had founded the Society of the Resurrection, an
association for priests, aimed at a deepening of the spiritual life. In July 1892
this became the Community of the Resurrection, a religious order for priests,
beginning with six members. The members declared their intention of
remaining celibate for life, but took vows of celibacy for only one year at a
time, rather than taking a vow binding for life.
In 1901 he wrote THE BODY OF CHRIST, dealing with the Sacrament of the
Lord's Supper, asserting and defending the doctrine that Christ is objectively
present in the Sacrament, and that the Sacrament is a sacrificial offering, but
repudiating certain late mediaeval innovations in worship, such as Processions
of the Sacrament, unknown to the Primitive Church.
As tension increased between the British government and the Boer republics of
South Africa, Gore denounced British Imperialism, and when war began in
1899 he denounced the British policy of rounding up Boer civilians in
detention camps, where the mortality rate was very high. Gore was
consecrated Bishop of Worcester in February 1902. The diocese included the
city of Birmingham, which had been tiny or non-existent when the dioceses of
England were organized, but which had grown to become a large industrial
city. Gore saw that the needs of Birmingham and of the surrounding rural areas
were quite different, and immediately began to urge a division. Chamberlain,
who had come to respect and admire Gore, helped steer the necessary
legislation through Parliament. In 1905 Birmingham was organized as a
separate bishopric and Gore became its first bishop. In 1911 he was transferred
and became Bishop of Oxford instead. In the next few years, several Anglican
clergy publicly declared that an Anglican might reasonably deny the Virgin
Birth and the physical Resurrection of Christ and remain an Anglican. Gore
was horrified, and proposed to resign his bishopric so as to devote himself to
contending against a position that he believed to be destructive of all Christian
faith. His friends persuaded him to reconsider.
After World War I, Gore resigned his bishopric and retired in July 1919, being
66 years old. He was flooded with invitations to speak or preach and published
several books. In November of 1930, he began a six-month tour of India,
preaching and lecturing pretty much in every district in the country, "speaking
whenever he was not walking, riding, or sleeping." He returned home totally
exhausted. From then on his health deteriorated. In January 1932 he acquired a
sever cough, and then pneumonia. On Friday 15 he was still able to write a few
postcards to friends. Then he fell into a coma, and died on the morning of
Sunday 17 January 1932. His influence remains great. [James Kiefer, abridged]

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