OREMUS: 23 March 2007
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OREMUS for Friday, March 23, 2007
O God, make speed to save us;
O Lord, make haste to help us.
Blessed are you, God, rich in mercy,
you so loved the world
that when we were dead in our sins,
you sent your only Son for our deliverance.
Lifted up from the earth,
he is light and life;
exalted upon the cross,
he is truth and salvation.
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.
Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your loving-kindness;*
in your great compassion blot out my offences.
Wash me through and through from my wickedness*
and cleanse me from my sin.
For I know my transgressions,*
and my sin is ever before me.
Against you only have I sinned*
and done what is evil in your sight.
And so you are justified when you speak*
and upright in your judgement.
Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth,*
a sinner from my mother's womb.
For behold, you look for truth deep within me,*
and will make me understand wisdom secretly.
Purge me from my sin and I shall be pure;*
wash me and I shall be clean indeed.
Make me hear of joy and gladness,*
that the body you have broken may rejoice.
Hide your face from my sins*
and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,*
and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from your presence*
and take not your holy Spirit from me.
Give me the joy of your saving help again*
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.
I shall teach your ways to the wicked,*
and sinners shall return to you.
Deliver me from death, O God,*
and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness,
O God of my salvation.
Open my lips, O Lord,*
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice,*
but you take no delight in burnt-offerings.
The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit;*
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
Be favourable and gracious to Zion,*
and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices,
with burnt-offerings and oblations;*
then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar.
A Song of Christ the Servant (1 Peter 2.21b-25
Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example,
that you should follow in his steps.
He committed no sin, no guile was found on his lips,
when he was reviled, he did not revile in turn.
When he suffered, he did not threaten,
but he trusted himself to God who judges justly.
Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree,
that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.
By his wounds, you have been healed,
for you were straying like sheep,
but have now returned
cato the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
How good it is to sing praises to our God!*
how pleasant it is to honour him with praise!
The Lord rebuilds Jerusalem;*
he gathers the exiles of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted*
and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars*
and calls them all by their names.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;*
there is no limit to his wisdom.
The Lord lifts up the lowly,*
but casts the wicked to the ground.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;*
make music to our God upon the harp.
He covers the heavens with clouds*
and prepares rain for the earth;
He makes grass to grow upon the mountains*
and green plants to serve us all.
He provides food for flocks and herds*
and for the young ravens when they cry.
He is not impressed by the might of a horse,*
he has no pleasure in human strength;
But the Lord has pleasure in those who fear him,*
in those who await his gracious favour.
FIRST READING [Isaiah 43:8-15]:
Bring forth the people who are blind, yet have eyes,
who are deaf, yet have ears!
Let all the nations gather together,
and let the peoples assemble.
Who among them declared this,
and foretold to us the former things?
Let them bring their witnesses to justify them,
and let them hear and say, 'It is true.'
You are my witnesses, says the Lord,
and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor shall there be any after me.
I, I am the Lord,
and besides me there is no saviour.
I declared and saved and proclaimed,
when there was no strange god among you;
and you are my witnesses, says the Lord.
I am God, and also henceforth I am He;
there is no one who can deliver from my hand;
I work and who can hinder it?
Thus says the Lord,
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
For your sake I will send to Babylon
and break down all the bars,
and the shouting of the Chaldeans will be turned to
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
the Creator of Israel, your King.
Words: Charles Wesley, 1740
Tune: Azmon, Richmond (Haweis), Oxford New , Stracathro
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O for a thousand tongues to sing
my dear Redeemer's praise,
the glories of my God and King,
the triumphs of his grace!
My gracious Master and my God,
assist me to proclaim
and spread through all the earth abroad
the honors of thy Name.
Jesus! the Name that charms our fears
and bids our sorrows cease;
'tis music in the sinner's ears,
'tis life and health and peace.
He speaks, and listening to his voice,
new life the dead receive;
the mournful broken hearts rejoice,
the humble poor believe.
Hear him, ye deaf; his praise, ye dumb,
your loosened tongues employ;
ye blind, behold, your Savior come;
and leap, ye lame, for joy!
Glory to God and praise and love
be now and ever given
by saints below and saints above
the Church in earth and heaven.
SECOND READING [Philippians 2:25 3:1]:
Still, I think it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and co-worker and
fellow-soldier, your messenger and minister to my need; for he has been longing for all
of you, and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. He was indeed so ill
that he nearly died. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also,
so that I would not have one sorrow after another. I am the more eager to send him,
therefore, in order that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less
anxious. Welcome him then in the Lord with all joy, and honour such people, because
he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for those
services that you could not give me.
Finally, my brothers and sisters, rejoice in the Lord.
To write the same things to you is not troublesome to me, and for you it is a
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Send forth your strength, O God,
Establish what you have wrought in us.
Uphold all those who fall
And raise up those who are bowed down.
Open the eyes of the blind
And set the prisoners free.
Sustain the orphan and widow
And give food to those who hunger.
Grant them the joy of your help again
And sustain them with your Spirit.
O Lord, judge the peoples
And take all nations for your own.
you have given us the Good News
of your abounding love in your Son Jesus Christ:
So fill our hearts with thankfulness
that we may rejoice to proclaim the good tidings we have received;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Trusting in the compassion of God,
let us pray as our Savior taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
May God give us
his comfort and his peace,
his light and his joy,
in this world and the next. 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
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 adapts phrases from _Opening
Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language_. Canterbury Press,
The closing sentence is from _New Patterns for Worship_,
copyright (c) The Archbishops' Council, 2002.
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