OREMUS: 1 February 2009

Steve Benner steve.benner at oremus.org
Sat Jan 31 17:00:00 GMT 2009

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OREMUS for Sunday, February 1, 2009
The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

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

Blessed are you, O God of all the prophets,
you knew us and chose us
before you formed us in the womb. 
You fill us with faith that speaks your word,
hope that does not disappoint,
and love that bears all things for your sake,
until that day when we shall know you fully,
even as we are known by you.
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 145

I will exalt you, O God my King,*
 and bless your name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless you*
 and praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;*
 there is no end to his greatness.
One generation shall praise your works to another*
 and shall declare your power.
I will ponder the glorious splendour of your majesty*
 and all your marvellous works.
They shall speak of the might of your wondrous acts,*
 and I will tell of your greatness.
They shall publish the remembrance
   of your great goodness;*
 they shall sing of your righteous deeds.
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,*
 slow to anger and of great kindness.
The Lord is loving to everyone*
 and his compassion is over all his works.
All your works praise you, O Lord,*
 and your faithful servants bless you.
They make known the glory of your kingdom*
 and speak of your power;
That the peoples may know of your power*
 and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom;*
 your dominion endures throughout all ages.
The Lord is faithful in all his words*
 and merciful in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all those who fall;*
 he lifts up those who are bowed down.
The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord,*
 and you give them their food in due season.
You open wide your hand*
 and satisfy the needs of every living creature.
The Lord is righteous in all his ways*
 and loving in all his works.
The Lord is near to those who call upon him,*
 to all who call upon him faithfully.
He fulfils the desire of those who fear him,*
 he hears their cry and helps them.
The Lord preserves all those who love him,*

 but he destroys all the wicked.
My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord;*
 let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

A Song of Redemption (Colossians 1.1318a,19,20a)

The Father has delivered us from the dominion of darkness,  
and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son; 
In whom we have redemption,  
the forgiveness of our sins. 
He is the image of the invisible God,  
the firstborn of all creation. 
For in him all things were created,  
in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. 
All things were created through him and for him,  
he is before all things and in him all things hold together. 
He is the head of the body, the Church,  
he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead. 
In him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell;  
and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things. 

Psalm 117

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

FIRST READING [Isaiah 61]:

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
   because the Lord has anointed me; 
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, 
   to bind up the broken-hearted, 
to proclaim liberty to the captives, 
   and release to the prisoners; 
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, 
   and the day of vengeance of our God; 
   to comfort all who mourn; 
to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
   to give them a garland instead of ashes, 
the oil of gladness instead of mourning, 
   the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. 
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 
   the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. 
They shall build up the ancient ruins, 
   they shall raise up the former devastations; 
they shall repair the ruined cities, 
   the devastations of many generations. 

Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, 
   foreigners shall till your land and dress your vines; 
but you shall be called priests of the Lord, 
   you shall be named ministers of our God; 
you shall enjoy the wealth of the nations, 
   and in their riches you shall glory. 
Because their shame was double, 
   and dishonour was proclaimed as their lot, 
therefore they shall possess a double portion; 
   everlasting joy shall be theirs. 

For I the Lord love justice, 
   I hate robbery and wrongdoing; 
I will faithfully give them their recompense, 
   and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 
Their descendants shall be known among the nations, 
   and their offspring among the peoples; 
all who see them shall acknowledge
   that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. 
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, 
   my whole being shall exult in my God; 
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, 
   he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, 
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, 
   and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 
For as the earth brings forth its shoots, 
   and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, 
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
   to spring up before all the nations. 

Words: Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)
Tune: Winchester New

Triumphant Zion, lift thy head
>From dust and ashes and the dead;
Thou, humbled long, awake at length,
And gird thee with thy Saviour's strength.

Put all thy beauteous garments on,
And let thine excellence be known;
Decked in the robes of righteousness,
The world thy glories shall confess.

No more shall foes unclean invade,
And fill thy hallowed walls with dread;
No more shall hell's insulting host
Their victory and thy sorrows boast.

God from on high has heard thy prayer;
His hand thy ruins shall repair;
Reared and adorned by love divine
Thy towers and battlements shall shine.

Grace shall dispose my heart and voice
To share and echo back her joys;
Nor will thy watchful Monarch cease
To guard thee in eternal peace.

SECOND READING [Luke 4:16-32]:

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: 
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, 
   because he has anointed me
     to bring good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
   and recovery of sight to the blind, 
     to let the oppressed go free, 
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ 

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, ‘Is not this Joseph’s son?’ He said to them, ‘Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, “Doctor, cure yourself!” And you will say, “Do here also in your home town the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.” ’ And he said, ‘Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s home town. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up for three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon. There were also many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.’ When they heard this, all in the synagogue were filled with rage. They got up, drove him out of the town, and led him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they might hurl him off the cliff. But he passed through the midst of them and went on his way. 

He went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority. 

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

Let us bring our prayers to God our Father, with open hands, minds and hearts.

We pray for the peoples of the Holy Land, especially those who have suffered in the recent conflicts: may they receive the aid that they need to rebuild their lives; and we pray for peace and reconciliation in that region.

We pray for the people of Sri Lanka in the continuing conflict in their land; for those who have been killed and injured, and those who have lost their homes: that peace may prevail.

We pray for the people of Zimbabwe, facing hunger and disease: may their country know freedom, justice and an end to oppression.

We pray for those who struggle especially in the cold weather; for those who cannot afford to heat their homes, and those who have no homes; and we pray for those people and agencies who work with those who live in poverty: may we all be open and generous in our response to them.

Heavenly Father, who sent your Son to teach us and lead us in the ways of your kingdom, we ask you to hear the prayers that we make through the same Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord God, King of the Universe,
you show the bright glory of your reign
in acts of mercy and enduring love:
raise the spirits of the downcast
and restore those who have fallen away,
that your Church may continually sing of your saving help;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.

- The Lord's Prayer

Open our imaginations to new dimensions of your love,
and heal us of all that severs us from you and one another;
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
prayers reprinted from _Revised Common Lectionary Prayers_,
copyright (c) 2002 Consultation on Common Texts.

The petitions are gathered by Redemptorist Publications and are published each Friday on their website: http://www.rpbooks.co.uk/page.php?page=prayers

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