OREMUS: 16 January 2009

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Thu Jan 15 17:00:00 GMT 2009

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OREMUS for Friday, January 16, 2009
Charles Gore, Bishop, Theologian, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932

Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Blessed are you, God of wonderful knowledge,
whose voice calls each of us by name.
You confounded our expectation
by revealing yourself to the lowly
and you also confound our fear
that we may not be afraid
to face the powerful of this earth
with your word of judgment,
in the sure knowledge
that nothing spoken in your name will be lost.
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 10

Why do you stand so far off, O Lord,*
 and hide yourself in time of trouble?
The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor,*
 but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised.
The wicked boast of their heart's desire;*
 the covetous curse and revile the Lord.
The wicked are so proud that they care not for God;*
 their only thought is, 'God does not matter.'
Their ways are devious at all times;
   your judgements are far above out of their sight;*
 they defy all their enemies.
They say in their heart, 'I shall not be shaken;*
 no harm shall happen to me ever.'
Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit and oppression;*
 under their tongue are mischief and wrong.
They lurk in ambush in public squares
   and in secret places they murder the innocent;*
 they spy out the helpless.
They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert;
   they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly;*
 they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net.
The innocent are broken and humbled before them;*
 the helpless fall before their power.
They say in their heart, 'God has forgotten;*
 he hides his face; he will never notice.'
Rise up, O Lord;
   lift up your hand, O God;*
 do not forget the afflicted.
Why should the wicked revile God?*
 why should they say in their heart, 'You do not care'?
Surely, you behold trouble and misery;*
 you see it and take it into your own hand.
The helpless commit themselves to you,*
 for you are the helper of orphans.
Break the power of the wicked and evil;*
 search out their wickedness until you find none.
The Lord is king for ever and ever;*
 the ungodly shall perish from his land.
The Lord will hear the desire of the humble;*
 you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear;
To give justice to the orphan and oppressed,*

 so that mere mortals may strike terror no more.

A Song of Humility (Hosea 6.16)

Come, let us return to the Lord  
who has torn us and will heal us. 
God has stricken us  
and will bind up our wounds. 
After two days, he will revive us,  
and on the third day will raise us up, 
that we may live in his presence. 
Let us strive to know the Lord;  
his appearing is as sure as the sunrise. 
He will come to us like the showers,  
like the spring rains that water the earth. 
O Ephraim, how shall I deal with you?  
How shall I deal with you, O Judah? 
Your love for me is like the morning mist,  
like the dew that goes early away. 
Therefore, I have hewn them by the prophets,  
and my judgement goes forth as the light. 
For loyalty is my desire and not sacrifice,  
and the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.(

Psalm 149

   Sing to the Lord a new song;*
 sing his praise in the congregation of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in his maker;*
 let the children of Zion be joyful in their king.
Let them praise his name in the dance;*
 let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in his people*
 and adorns the poor with victory.
Let the faithful rejoice in triumph;*
 let them be joyful on their beds.
Let the praises of God be in their throat*
 and a twoedged sword in their hand;
To wreak vengeance on the nations*
 and punishment on the peoples;
To bind their kings in chains*
 and their nobles with links of iron;
To inflict on them the judgement decreed;*
 this is glory for all his faithful people.

FIRST READING [Proverbs 3:27-end]:

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
ÿÿÿwhen it is in your power to do it. 
Do not say to your neighbour, ?Go, and come again;
ÿÿÿtomorrow I will give it??when you have it with you. 
Do not plan harm against your neighbour
ÿÿÿwho lives trustingly beside you. 
Do not quarrel with anyone without cause,
ÿÿÿwhen no harm has been done toÿyou. 
Do not envy the violent
ÿÿÿand do not choose any of their ways; 
for the perverse are an abomination to the Lord,
ÿÿÿbut the upright are in his confidence. 
The Lord?s curse is on the house of the wicked,
ÿÿÿbut he blesses the abode of the righteous. 
Towards the scorners he is scornful,
ÿÿÿbut to the humble he shows favour. 
The wise will inherit honour,
ÿÿÿbut stubborn fools, disgrace.

Words: E.A. Burroughs (1882-1934)
Tune: Milites (SMD)

Lord God, from whom all life
And all true gladness springs,
Whose love and care shine everywhere
Among earth's common things; 
Be present while we lift
Our song to thee, and pay
Heart-gratitude for all things good
About our path today. 

We praise thee for the light
That floats on sea and hill, 
The unstinted wealth of joy and health
With which our pulses thrill: 
O may the light of heaven
In us enkindled be, 
Heaven's glory roll from soul to soul
And make us strong for thee. 

We thank thee for the grace
In friend and brother found; 
For human love that points above
To where all love is crowned: 
O may such friendship here
Be to Thy children given, 
As shall endure, deep, fair and pure, 
Till all be one in heaven. 

But most we bless thee, Lord, 
That here Thy Spirit's breath
Blows clear and strong to baffle wrong
And win our lives from death; 
O may each heart accept
The entrance of Thy power, 
And take Thee hence for sure defence
And help in evil hour. 

So, when our lives, today
Within one circle brought, 
Are sundered wide along the tide
Of human work and thought, 
One song shall yet be ours, 
One life, one family, 
One pathway still, by vale or hill, 
Shall lead us home to Thee. 

SECOND READING [Ephesians 3:14-end]:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen. 

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

Let us pray to God for the coming of the Kingdom:

O God, into the pain of the tortured:
breathe stillness.

Into the hunger of those deprived:
breathe fullness.

Into those who have died in you:
breathe life.

Into those who long for you:
breathe your presence.

Into your Church,
shed forth your renewing Spirit.

Your kingdom come, your will be done:
For the kingdom, the power and the glory
are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

O God, 
in your love for humankind
you reconciled earth to heaven and heaven to earth
through your only-begotten Son: 
Grant that we who by our sins 
have turned away from loving one another
may be filled with your Spirit 
and embrace both our friends and enemies, 
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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.

Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.

- The Lord's Prayer

Lift up the light of your countenance on us, O God.,
that we may be faithful to your commandments
and always do what is right and good;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The psalms 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
_Celebrating the Christian Year_ (c) Canterbury Press, Norwich.

The intercession is adapted from a prayer in _In Spirit and In Truth_, (c) World Council of Churches, 1991. The first collect is from a Mozarabic sanctuary.

Charles Gore was born in Wimbledon in 1853 in an aristocratic family. In 1883, Gore became the first Principal of Pusey House at Oxford, 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, 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, when he edited in 1889 a book called LUX MUNDI. 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. 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.
Gore was consecrated Bishop of Worcester in February 1902. 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. Gore retired in 1919 and was subsequently flooded with invitations to speak or preach and published several books. In November of 1930, he began a six-month tour of India and returned home totally exhausted. From then on his health deteriorated. He died on the morning of Sunday 17 January 1932. [James Kiefer, abridged]

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