OREMUS: 22 August 2010
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OREMUS for Sunday, August 22, 2010
The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, O God,
like fireworks in the night
the Holy Spirit came
to lift our spirits, to inspire fresh daring,
that our lives might be spent in honor
of our Savior, God's only Son.
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.
My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed;*
I will sing and make melody.
Wake up, my spirit; awake, lute and harp;*
I myself will waken the dawn.
I will confess you among the peoples, O Lord;*
I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your lovingkindness is greater than the heavens,*
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God,*
and your glory over all the earth.
So that those who are dear to you may be delivered,*
save with your right hand and answer me.
Psalm 109:1-4, 20-30
Hold not your tongue, O God of my praise;*
for the mouth of the wicked,
the mouth of the deceitful, is opened against me.
They speak to me with a lying tongue;*
they encompass me with hateful words
and fight against me without a cause.
Despite my love, they accuse me;*
but as for me, I pray for them.
They repay evil for good,*
and hatred for my love.
But you, O Lord my God,
O deal with me according to your name;*
for your tender mercy's sake, deliver me.
For I am poor and needy,*
and my heart is wounded within me.
I have faded away like a shadow when it lengthens;*
I am shaken off like a locust.
My knees are weak through fasting,*
and my flesh is wasted and gaunt.
I have become a reproach to them;*
they see and shake their heads.
Help me, O Lord my God;*
save me for your mercy's sake.
Let them know that this is your hand,*
that you, O Lord, have done it.
They may curse, but you will bless;*
let those who rise up against me be put to shame,
and your servant will rejoice.
Let my accusers be clothed with disgrace*
and wrap themselves in their shame as in a cloak.
I will give great thanks to the Lord with my mouth;*
in the midst of the multitude will I praise him;
Because he stands at the right hand of the needy,*
to save his life from those who would condemn him.
FIRST READING [Isaiah 30.8-21]:
Go now, write it before them on a tablet,
and inscribe it in a book,
so that it may be for the time to come
as a witness for ever.
For they are a rebellious people,
children who will not hear
the instruction of the Lord;
who say to the seers, 'Do not see';
and to the prophets, 'Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things,
leave the way, turn aside from the path,
let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.'
Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel:
Because you reject this word,
and put your trust in oppression and deceit,
and rely on them;
therefore this iniquity shall become for you
like a break in a high wall, bulging out, and about to collapse,
whose crash comes suddenly, in an instant;
its breaking is like that of a potter's vessel
that is smashed so ruthlessly
that among its fragments not a sherd is found
for taking fire from the hearth,
or dipping water out of the cistern.
For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
But you refused and said,
'No! We will flee upon horses'
therefore you shall flee!
and, 'We will ride upon swift steeds'
therefore your pursuers shall be swift!
A thousand shall flee at the threat of one,
at the threat of five you shall flee,
until you are left
like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
like a signal on a hill.
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.
Truly, O people in Zion, inhabitants of Jerusalem, you shall weep no more. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. Though the Lord may give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself any more, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it.'
Words: Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879)
Tune: Bullinger, Cairnbrook, Cuttle Mills, Stephanos (85 83)
I am trusting thee, Lord Jesus,
Trusting only thee;
Trusting thee for full salvation,
Great and free.
I am trusting thee for pardon,
At thy feet I bow;
For thy grace and tender mercy,
I am trusting thee for cleansing
In the crimson flood;
Trusting thee to make me holy
By thy blood.
I am trusting thee to guide me;
Thou alone shalt lead,
Every day and hour supplying
All my need.
I am trusting thee for power,
Thine can never fail;
Words which thou thyself shalt give me
I am trusting thee, Lord Jesus;
Never let me fall;
I am trusting thee for ever,
And for all.
SECOND READING [2 Corinthians 9]:
Now it is not necessary for me to write to you about the ministry to the saints, for I know your eagerness, which is the subject of my boasting about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready since last year; and your zeal has stirred up most of them. But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you may not prove to have been empty in this case, so that you may be ready, as I said you would be; otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you are not ready, we would be humiliatedto say nothing of youin this undertaking. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you, and arrange in advance for this bountiful gift that you have promised, so that it may be ready as a voluntary gift and not as an extortion.
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, 'He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures for ever.'
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Let us bring before the Lord all our prayers and concerns in the knowledge of his abiding love.
For all students, as they plan their futures following exam results; that they will receive sound guidance and advice from friends and family.
For the families of those killed in the Lockerbie bombing; that they will be assured of the Lords compassion and love.
For the people of Pakistan, suffering the effects of recent flooding; that they will directly and quickly receive what they need to rebuild their lives.
For victims of abuse in Ireland, feeling overlooked once again by the Church; that the Lord will stay close to them, and they will find assurance of his love for them.
For all those on holiday at this time; that they will find rest and refreshment in their time away.
Heavenly Father, we ask you to hear the prayers that we offer in faith, through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessed are you, Creator of the universe:
In your loving kindness you watch over your chosen people.
Make us witnesses to your truth
and instruments of your peace
that all may know you as the God of justice,
and praise your holy Name;
through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.
- The Lord's Prayer
May the word of God dwell richly in our heart from hour to hour,
so that all may see the triumph through Jesus' power and love.
The psalms are from _Celebrating Common Prayer_ (Mowbray), (c) The Society of Saint Francis 1992, which is used with permission.
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 is by Stephen Benner. The closing prayer is a sentence from
_Uniting in Worship_, The Uniting Church in Australia.
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