OREMUS: 9 May 2006
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OREMUS for Tuesday, May 9, 2006
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.
Alleluia! Praise the name of the Lord;*
give praise, you servants of the Lord,
You who stand in the house of the Lord,*
in the courts of the house of our God.
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good;*
sing praises to his name, for it is lovely.
For the Lord has chosen Jacob for himself*
and Israel for his own possession.
For I know that the Lord is great,*
and that our Lord is above all gods.
The Lord does whatever pleases him,
in heaven and on earth,*
in the seas and all the deeps.
He brings up rain clouds from the ends of the earth;*
he sends out lightning with the rain,
and brings the winds out of his storehouse.
It was he who struck down the first-born of Egypt,*
the first-born both of human and beast.
He sent signs and wonders
into the midst of you, O Egypt,*
against Pharaoh and all his servants.
He overthrew many nations*
and put mighty kings to death:
Sihon, king of the Amorites,
and Og, the king of Bashan,*
and all the kingdoms of Canaan.
He gave their land to be an inheritance,*
an inheritance for Israel his people.
O Lord, your name is everlasting;*
your renown, O Lord, endures from age to age.
For the Lord gives his people justice*
and shows compassion to his servants.
The idols of the heathen are silver and gold,*
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak;*
eyes have they, but they cannot see.
They have ears, but they cannot hear;*
neither is there any breath in their mouth.
Those who make them are like them,*
and so are all who put their trust in them.
Bless the Lord, O house of Israel;*
O house of Aaron, bless the Lord.
Bless the Lord, O house of Levi;*
you who fear the Lord, bless the Lord.
Blessed be the Lord out of Zion,*
who dwells in Jerusalem. Alleluia!
A Song of the New Creation (Isaiah 43:15-21)
'I am the Lord, your Holy One,
the Creator of Israel, your king.'
Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea,
a path in the mighty waters,
'Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
'Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
'I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,
'The people whom I formed for myself,
that they might declare my praise.'
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 [Acts 4:23-31]:
After they were released, they went to their friends and
reported what the chief priests and the elders had said
to them. When they heard it, they raised their voices
together to God and said, 'Sovereign Lord, who made the
heaven and the earth, the sea, and everything in them, it
is you who said by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor
David, your servant:
"Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples imagine vain things?
The kings of the earth took their stand,
and the rulers have gathered together
against the Lord and against his Messiah."
For in this city, in fact, both Herod and Pontius Pilate,
with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, gathered
together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you
anointed, to do whatever your hand and your plan had
predestined to take place. And now, Lord, look at their
threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word
with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to
heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the
name of your holy servant Jesus.' When they had prayed,
the place in which they were gathered together was
shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and
spoke the word of God with boldness.
For another Biblical reading,
Words: Alan Gaunt (c)
Tune: Donne secours
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As powers of good so wonderfully hide us,
we face the future boldly, come what may;
at dawn or dusk our God is still beside us,
to whom we trust, completely, each new day.
Yet still old torments cause consternation;
through days of fear and grief we have despaired.
O, give our tortured souls, Lord, your salvation:
the healing you have promised and prepared.
Then offer us the cup of desolation,
brimfull of bitterness, and we will stand
and drink with thanks, in spite of trepidation,
from such a dearly loved and gracious hand.
Yet should you bring us back to share the gladness
of this bright world, your sunshine breaking through,
we would remember times of pain and sadness
and offer up the whole of life to you.
As evening falls, the candles we have lighted
will point us through the darkness to your light;
we long to be with loved ones, reunited;
we know your love outshines the darkest night.
As silence deepens, let us hear the chorus
that harmonizes earth's discordant days,
poured out from the unseen that lies before us:
your children's soaring song of endless praise.
By powers of good so faithfully surrounded,
secure and comforted in spite of fear,
we live each day with you Lord, unconfounded,
and go with you to meet the coming year.
The Benedictus (Morning), the
Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Generous God, we thank you for being with us today, and
for every sign of your truth and love in Jesus Christ.
Especially we thank you for
the gift of peace in Christ...
(We thank you, Lord.)
reconciliation in our relationships...
each new insight into your love...
energy and courage to share your love...
the ministries of the church...
Gracious God, we remember in our own hearts the needs of
others, that we may reach up to claim your love for them,
and reach out to give your love in the name of Christ.
Especially we pray for
racial harmony and justice...
(Lord, hear our prayer.)
strangers we have met today...
friends who are bereaved...
Orthodox and Coptic churches...
the Diocese of Chicago, USA, The Rt Revd William Dailey Persell, Bishop...
We praise you, gracious God,
and we bless your holy Name
because you have taken pity on your servants,
you have preserved us from falsehood and deceit,
you have given us a rich heritage
and made us your own possession;
in 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
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
Hymn (c) 1991 by Stainer & Bell Ltd.
(admin. by Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, IL 60188).
All rights reserved. Used by permission.
For permission to reproduce this hymn, contact:
In US & Canada: Hope Publishing Company,
Rest of the World: Stainer & Bell Ltd.,
The closing sentence is from a prayer in _Opening Prayers: Collects in
Contemporary Language_. Canterbury Press, Norwich, 1999.
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