OREMUS: 17 May 2009
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Sat May 16 17:00:00 GMT 2009
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OREMUS for Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, strong and faithful God,
joy marks your presence:
beauty, abundance and peace
are the tokens of your work in all creation.
Your Spirit is at work also in our lives,
that by these signs we may see the splendor of your love
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.
You are to be praised, O God, in Zion;*
to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem.
To you that hear prayer shall all flesh come,*
because of their transgressions.
Our sins are stronger than we are,*
but you will blot them out.
Happy are they whom you choose
and draw to your courts to dwell there!*
they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house,
by the holiness of your temple.
Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness,
O God of our salvation,*
O Hope of all the ends of the earth
and of the seas that are far away.
You make fast the mountains by your power;*
they are girded about with might.
You still the roaring of the seas,*
the roaring of their waves,
and the clamour of the peoples.
Those who dwell at the ends of the earth
will tremble at your marvellous signs;*
you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy.
You visit the earth and water it abundantly;
you make it very plenteous;*
the river of God is full of water.
You prepare the grain,*
for so you provide for the earth.
You drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges;*
with heavy rain you soften the ground
and bless its increase.
You crown the year with your goodness,*
and your paths overflow with plenty.
May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing,*
and the hills be clothed with joy.
May the meadows cover themselves with flocks
and the valleys cloak themselves with grain;*
let them shout for joy and sing.
May God be merciful to us and bless us,*
show us the light of his countenance and come to us.
Let your ways be known upon earth,*
your saving health among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;*
let all the peoples praise you.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,*
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide all the nations upon earth.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;*
let all the peoples praise you.
The earth has brought forth her increase;*
may God, our own God, give us his blessing.
May God give us his blessing,*
and may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of him.
The Easter Anthems (from 1 Corinthians 5, Romans 6, 1 Corinthians 15)
Christ our passover has been sacrificed for us: .
so let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old leaven of corruption and wickedness: .
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Christ once raised from the dead dies no more: .
death has no more dominion over him.
In dying he died to sin once for all: .
in living he lives to God.
See yourselves therefore as dead to sin: .
and alive to God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6.9-11
Christ has been raised from the dead: .
the first fruits of those who sleep.
For as by man came death: .
by man has come also the resurrection of the dead;
for as in Adam all die: .
even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
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.
FIRST READING [Ezekiel 34:25-end]:
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.
Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Holy, and true, and righteous Lord,
I wait to prove Thy perfect will;
Be mindful of Thy gracious word,
And stamp me with Thy Spirit's seal.
Confound, o'erpower me by Thy grace,
I would be by myself abhorred;
All might, all majesty, all praise,
All glory, be to Christ my Lord.
Now let me gain perfection's height,
Now let me into nothing fall,
Be less than nothing in Thy sight,
And feel that Christ is all in all.
SECOND READING [Luke 11:1-13]:
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.' He said to them, 'When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.'
And he said to them, 'Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him. And he answers from within, Do not bother me; the door has already been locked, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything. I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs.
'So I say to you, Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!'
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
My brothers and sisters, let us bring our prayers to the God who is love.
We pray for the people of Sri Lanka caught up in the conflict in that country, especially those forced to leave their homes: that they may receive the help they need, and that there may be peace and an end to the violence.
We pray for the people of the Swat valley in Pakistan in the continuing conflict there: that those who are refugees may find a place of safety.
We pray for our representatives in legislatures and governments: that they may act with integrity, honesty and in ways that serve the common good.
We pray for Aung San Suu Kyi, imprisoned in Burma: that she may be given her freedom, and maintain her witness to peace and democracy.
We pray for those sitting exams, in schools, colleges and universities at this time of year: that they may be strengthened through this important time, and that they may know our love and support for them.
Heavenly Father, you revealed your great love for us through Jesus Christ your Son. We ask you to hear the prayers that we offer through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as surpass our understanding:
Pour into our hearts such love towards you,
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
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
Come, Lord Jesus, in glory
that at last all peoples will be free,
all divisions healed,
and your whole creation will sing your praise. 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
a Eucharistic Prayer in _Book of Common Worship_, (c) 1993
Westminster / John Knox Press.
The bidding prayer is from Redemptorist Publications http://www.rpbooks.co.uk
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