OREMUS: 7 May 2006

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Sat May 6 20:10:09 GMT 2006

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OREMUS for Sunday, May 7, 2006 
The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Blessed are you, God of peace, 
who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, 
the great shepherd of the sheep, 
by the blood of the eternal covenant, 
making us complete in everything good 
so that we may do his will, 
and working among us that which is pleasing in his sight.
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 98

Sing to the Lord a new song,*
 for he has done marvellous things.
With his right hand and his holy arm*
 has he won for himself the victory.
The Lord has made known his victory;*
 his righteousness has he openly shown
   in the sight of the nations.
He remembers his mercy and faithfulness
   to the house of Israel,*
 and all the ends of the earth have seen
   the victory of our God.
Shout with joy to the Lord, all you lands;*
 lift up your voice, rejoice and sing.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,*
 with the harp and the voice of song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn*
 shout with joy before the King, the Lord.
Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it,*
 the lands and those who dwell therein.
Let the rivers clap their hands,*
 and let the hills ring out with joy before the Lord,
   when he comes to judge the earth.
In righteousness shall he judge the world,*
 and the peoples with equity.

Psalm 99

The Lord is king; let the people tremble;*
 he is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake.
The Lord is great in Zion;*
 he is high above all peoples.
Let them confess his name, which is great and awesome;*
 he is the Holy One.
'O mighty King, lover of justice,
   you have established equity;*
 you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.'
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
   and fall down before his footstool;*
 he is the Holy One.
Moses and Aaron among his priests,
   and Samuel among those who call upon his name,*
 they called upon the Lord and he answered them.
He spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud;*
 they kept his testimonies
   and the decree that he gave them.
'O Lord our God, you answered them indeed;*
 you were a God who forgave them,
   yet punished them for their evil deeds.'
Proclaim the greatness of the Lord our God
   and worship him upon his holy hill;*
 for the Lord our God is the Holy One.

The Song of Moses and Miriam (Exodus 15.1b-3,6,10,13,17

I will sing to the Lord, who has triumphed gloriously,
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song
and has become my salvation.
This is my God whom I will praise,
the God of my forebears whom I will exalt.
The Lord is a warrior,
the Lord is his name.
Your right hand, O Lord, is glorious in power:
your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
At the blast of your nostrils, the sea covered them;
they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
In your unfailing love, O Lord,
you lead the people whom you have redeemed.
And by your invincible strength
you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
You will bring them in and plant them, O Lord,
in the sanctuary which your hands have established.  

Psalm 117

Praise the Lord, all you nations;*
 laud him, all you peoples.
For his loving-kindness towards us is great,*
 and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.

READING [Ezekiel 34:1-10, 25-31]:

The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, prophesy against
the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to them to the
shepherds: Thus says the Lord God: Ah, you shepherds of
Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not
shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe
yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but
you do not feed the sheep. You have not strengthened the
weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up
the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you
have not sought the lost, but with force and harshness
you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because
there was no shepherd; and scattered, they became food
for all the wild animals. My sheep were scattered, they
wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill;
my sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth,
with no one to search or seek for them.
Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I
live, says the Lord God, because my sheep have become a
prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild
animals, since there was no shepherd; and because my
shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the
shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep;
therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus
says the Lord God, I am against the shepherds; and I will
demand my sheep at their hand, and put a stop to their
feeding the sheep; no longer shall the shepherds feed
themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, so
that they may not be food for them.
I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild
animals from the land, so that they may live in the wild
and sleep in the woods securely. I will make them and the
region around my hill a blessing; and I will send down
the showers in their season; they shall be showers of
blessing. The trees of the field shall yield their fruit,
and the earth shall yield its increase. They shall be
secure on their soil; and they shall know that I am the
Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and save them
from the hands of those who enslaved them. They shall no
more be plunder for the nations, nor shall the animals of
the land devour them; they shall live in safety, and no
one shall make them afraid. I will provide for them
splendid vegetation, so that they shall no more be
consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer
the insults of the nations. They shall know that I, the
Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of
Israel, are my people, says the Lord God. You are my
sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, says
the Lord God. 

For another Biblical reading,
Hebrews 13:7-20

Words: Charles Wesley, 1863
Tune: St. Ethelreda
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Shepherd Divine, our wants relieve
in this our evil day;
to all thy tempted followers give
the power to watch and pray.

Long as our fiery trials last,
long as the cross we bear,
O let our souls on thee be cast
in never-ceasing prayer.

The Spirit's interceding grace
give us in faith to claim;
to wrestle till we see thy face,
and know thy hidden Name.

Till thou thy perfect love impart,
till thou thyself bestow,
be this the cry of every heart,
"I will not let thee go."

I will not let thee go, unless
thou tell thy Name to me;
with all thy great salvation bless,
and make me all like thee.

Then let me on the mountain-top
behold thine open face;
where faith in sight is swallowed up,
and prayer in endless praise.

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

Gathered in the care of the good shepherd
who laid down his life for the sheep,
let us pray to God who knows our every need.

For the holy churches in every place, and for the unity of all.
Kyrie eleison!

For this holy assembly
and for all who gatherin the name of the risen Christ.
Kyrie eleison!

For all illumined by the light of Christ.
Kyrie eleison!

For our bishops and the presbyters,
the deacons and all who minister in Christ,
and for all the holy people of God.
Kyrie eleison!

For the world and its leaders, our nation and its people.
Kyrie eleison!

For all those in danger and need,
the sick and the suffering,
the strayed and the lost.
Kyrie eleison!

For those who walk in death's dark valley.
Kyrie eleison!

For ourselves, our families, and those we love.
Kyrie eleison!

Remembering the blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints,
let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ.
To you, O Lord.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
who soothes our head with oil
and fills our cup with wine.
Hear the prayers we offer for every need,
and revive us with your Holy Spirit.
Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen.

O God, 
whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; 
Grant that when we hear his voice 
we may know him who calls us each by name, 
and follow where he leads; 
who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, 
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.
Rejoicing in the God's new creation,
let us pray as our Redeemer has taught us:

- The Lord's Prayer

Lead us always to the living waters
where you promise respite and refreshment,
that we may be counted among those
who know and follow you, O Lord. Amen.

The psalms are from _Celebrating Common Prayer_ (Mowbray),
(c) The Society of Saint Francis 1992, which is used with permission.

The canticle, the opening thanksgiving and the invitation to the Lord's Prayer
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 is adapted from Hebrews 13:20-21
The intercession is by Ormonde Plater.

The collect is from The Book of Common Prayer According to the Use
of The Episcopal Church_
The closing sentence is from a prayer in _Opening Prayers: Collects in
Contemporary Language_. Canterbury Press, Norwich, 1999.

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