OREMUS: 7 February 2010
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Sat Feb 6 17:00:10 GMT 2010
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OREMUS for Sunday, February 7, 2010
The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, O God,
through Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd.
In the waters of baptism you give us new birth,
at your table you nourish us with heavenly food,
and in your goodness and mercy
you guide us beyond the terrors of evil and death
to your Father's home to dwell in eternal light.
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.
Do not fret yourself because of evildoers;*
do not be jealous of those who do wrong.
For they shall soon wither like the grass,*
and like the green grass fade away.
Put your trust in the Lord and do good;*
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
Take delight in the Lord,*
and he shall give you your heart's desire.
Commit your way to the Lord
and put your trust in him,*
and he will bring it to pass.
He will make your righteousness as clear as the light*
and your just dealing as the noonday.
Be still before the Lord*
and wait patiently for him.
Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers,*
the one who succeeds in evil schemes.
Refrain from anger, leave rage alone;*
do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil.
For evildoers shall be cut off,*
but those who wait upon the Lord
shall possess the land.
In a little while the wicked shall be no more;*
you shall search out their place,
but they will not be there.
But the lowly shall possess the land;*
they will delight in abundance of peace.
The wicked plot against the righteous*
and gnash at them with their teeth.
The Lord laughs at the wicked,*
because he sees that their day will come.
The wicked draw their sword and bend their bow
to strike down the poor and needy,*
to slaughter those who are upright in their ways.
Their sword shall go through their own heart,*
and their bow shall be broken.
The little that the righteous have*
is better than great riches of the wicked.
For the power of the wicked shall be broken,*
but the Lord upholds the righteous.
The Lord cares for the lives of the godly,*
and their inheritance shall last for ever.
They shall not be ashamed in bad times,*
and in days of famine they shall have enough.
As for the wicked, they shall perish,*
and the enemies of the Lord,
like the glory of the meadows, shall vanish;
they shall vanish like smoke.
The wicked borrow and do not repay,*
but the righteous are generous in giving.
Those who are blessed by God shall possess the land,*
but those who are cursed by him shall be destroyed.
Our steps are directed by the Lord;*
he strengthens those in whose way he delights.
If they stumble, they shall not fall headlong,*
for the Lord holds them by the hand.
I have been young and now I am old,*
but never have I seen the righteous forsaken,
or their children begging bread.
The righteous are always generous in their lending,*
and their children shall be a blessing.
Turn from evil and do good,*
and dwell in the land for ever.
For the Lord loves justice;*
he does not forsake his faithful ones.
They shall be kept safe for ever,*
but the offspring of the wicked shall be destroyed.
The righteous shall possess the land*
and dwell in it for ever.
The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,*
and their tongue speaks what is right.
The law of their God is in their heart,*
and their footsteps shall not falter.
The wicked spy on the righteous*
and seek occasion to kill them.
The Lord will not abandon them to their hand,*
nor let them be found guilty when brought to trial.
Wait upon the Lord and keep his way;*
he will raise you up to possess the land,
and when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.
I have seen the wicked in their arrogance,*
flourishing like a tree in full leaf.
I went by and, behold, they were not there;*
I searched for them, but they could not be found.
Mark those who are honest; observe the upright;*
for there is a future for the peaceable.
Transgressors shall be destroyed, one and all;*
the future of the wicked is cut off.
But the deliverance of the righteous
comes from the Lord;*
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
The Lord will help them and rescue them;*
he will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them,
because they seek refuge in him.
FIRST READING [Genesis 1:1-2:3]:
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
And God said, 'Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.' So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
And God said, 'Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.' And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, 'Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.' And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
And God said, 'Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.' And it was so. God made the two great lightsthe greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the nightand the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
And God said, 'Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.' So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.' And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
And God said, 'Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.' And it was so. God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, 'Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.'
So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.' God said, 'See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.' And it was so. God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
Words: Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1840-1929)
Meter: 77 77
Many things in life there are
Past our understanding far,
And the humblest flower that grows
Hides a secret no one knows.
All unread by outer sense
Lies the soul's experience;
Mysteries around us rise,
We, the deeper mysteries!
While we may so little scan
Of thy vast creation's plan,
Teach us, O our God, to be
Humble in our walk with thee!
May we trust, through ill and good,
Thine unchanging Fatherhood,
And our highest wisdom find
In the reverent heart and mind!
Clearer vision shall be ours,
Larger wisdom, ampler powers,
And the meaning yet appear
Of what passes knowledge here.
SECOND READING [Matthew 6.25-34]:
Jesus said, 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe youyou of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, What will we eat? or What will we drink? or What will we wear? For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
'So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.'
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Let us pray to the Lord who calls us to trust and to follow him.
We pray for the people of Haiti, in the aftermath of the earthquake in their country: may they be given the strength and assistance they need to recover and rebuild their lives.
We pray for the people of Northern Ireland and for their political leaders: that there may be continued progress in the ways of peace and reconciliation.
We pray for Paul and Rachel Chandler, held hostage by Somali pirates: may they be freed and returned safely to their family.
As we keep the World Day for the Sick this week, we pray especially for all who live with chronic and long-term disease: may they be strengthened in faith and brought healing and comfort in their suffering.
We pray for all those who care for those who are sick; for doctors, nurses, chaplains and carers: that they may be filled with compassion and bring hope and comfort to those in their care.
Heavenly Father, you call and commission us to be your servants and apostles in our world; we ask you to hear the prayers that we offer, through the same Christ our Lord.
Lord of hosts, whose glory fills all heaven and earth, you have entrusted to our unclean lips and fragile hands the mission of proclaiming the gospel: Strengthen us with your Spirit, that your word may find a welcome in hearts both open and generous, and so bring forth abundant fruit in every part of the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.
- The Lord's Prayer
The God of love who calls us,
guide us this day and always:
his might uphold us,
his love enfold us,
his peace empower us;
in Jesus' Name. Amen.
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 of thanksgiving and the closing sentence are adapted from
prayers reprinted from _Revised Common Lectionary Prayers_,
copyright (c) 2002 Consultation on Common Texts.
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