OREMUS: 16 February 2010
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Mon Feb 15 17:00:00 GMT 2010
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OREMUS for Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, God of majesty,
you brought light out of darkness
and set the sun to brighten the day.
We thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord,
whose human body was transfigured on a lonely mountain.
In his face, we have glimpsed your glory.
In his life, we see your love.
You lead us by the light of your truth
into the way of righteousness and peace.
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.
God takes his stand in the council of heaven;*
he gives judgement in the midst of the gods:
'How long will you judge unjustly,*
and show favour to the wicked?
'Save the weak and the orphan;*
defend the humble and needy;
'Rescue the weak and the poor;*
deliver them from the power of the wicked.
'They do not know, neither do they understand;
they go about in darkness;*
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
'Now I say to you, "You are gods,*
and all of you children of the Most High;
'"Nevertheless, you shall die like mortals,*
and fall like any prince."'
Arise, O God, and rule the earth,*
for you shall take all nations for your own.
Psalm 83:1-8, 18
O God, do not be silent;*
do not keep still nor hold your peace, O God;
For your enemies are in tumult,*
and those who hate you have lifted up their heads.
They take secret counsel against your people*
and plot against those whom you protect.
They have said,
'Come, let us wipe them out from among the nations;*
let the name of Israel be remembered no more.'
They have conspired together;*
they have made an alliance against you:
The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,*
the Moabites and the Hagarenes;
Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,*
the Philistines and those who dwell in Tyre.
The Assyrians also have joined them,*
and have come to help the people of Lot.
Let them know that you, whose name is Yahweh,*
you alone are the Most High over all the earth.
How dear to me is your dwelling, O Lord of hosts!*
My soul has a desire and longing
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
The sparrow has found her a house
and the swallow a nest
where she may lay her young;*
by the side of your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
Happy are they who dwell in your house!*
they will always be praising you.
Happy are the people whose strength is in you!*
whose hearts are set on the pilgrims' way.
Those who go through the desolate valley
will find it a place of springs,*
for the early rains have covered it with pools of water.
They will climb from height to height,*
and the God of gods will reveal himself in Zion.
Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;*
hearken, O God of Jacob.
Behold our defender, O God;*
and look upon the face of your anointed.
For one day in your courts
is better than a thousand in my own room,*
and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God
than to dwell in the tents of the wicked.
For the Lord God is both sun and shield;*
he will give grace and glory;
No good thing will the Lord withhold*
from those who walk with integrity.
O Lord of hosts,*
happy are they who put their trust in you!
You have been gracious to your land, O Lord,*
you have restored the good fortune of Jacob.
You have forgiven the iniquity of your people*
and blotted out all their sins.
You have withdrawn all your fury*
and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation.
Restore us then, O God our Saviour;*
let your anger depart from us.
Will you be displeased with us for ever?*
will you prolong your anger from age to age?
Will you not give us life again,*
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your mercy, O Lord,*
and grant us your salvation.
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying,*
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people
and to those who turn their hearts to him.
Truly, his salvation is very near to those who fear him,*
that his glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth have met together;*
righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth shall spring up from the earth,*
and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
The Lord will indeed grant prosperity,*
and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness shall go before him,*
and peace shall be a pathway for his feet.
FIRST READING [Gen. 18:20-end]:
Then the Lord said, 'How great is the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah and how very grave their sin! I must go down and see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me; and if not, I will know.'
So the men turned from there, and went towards Sodom, while Abraham remained standing before the Lord. Then Abraham came near and said, 'Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will you then sweep away the place and not forgive it for the fifty righteous who are in it? Far be it from you to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?' And the Lord said, 'If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will forgive the whole place for their sake.' Abraham answered, 'Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?' And he said, 'I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.' Again he spoke to him, 'Suppose forty are found there.' He answered, 'For the sake of forty I will not do it.' Then he said, 'Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak. Suppose thirty are found there.' He answered, 'I will not do it, if I find thirty there.' He said, 'Let me take it upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.' He answered, 'For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.' Then he said, 'Oh do not let the Lord be angry if I speak just once more. Suppose ten are found there.' He answered, 'For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.' And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.
Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Tune: Eisenach, Ivyhatch, Festus, Old 100th, Tallis' Canon
Eternal power, whose high abode
Becomes the grandeur of a God;
Infinite length beyond the bounds
Where stars revolve their little rounds!
Thee while the first archangel sings,
He hides his face beneath his wings,
And throngs of shining thrones around
Fall worshipping, and spread the ground.
Lord, what shall earth and ashes do?
We would adore our maker too;
>From sin and dust to thee we cry,
The great, the holy, and the high!
Earth from afar has heard thy fame,
And babes have learnt to lisp thy name;
But O the glories of thy mind
Leave all our soaring thoughts behind!
God is in heaven, we dwell below;
Be short our tunes, our words be few;
A sacred reverence checks our songs,
And praise sits silent on our tongues.
SECOND READING [Gal. 6:11-end]:
See what large letters I make when I am writing in my own hand! It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh that try to compel you to be circumcisedonly that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Even the circumcised do not themselves obey the law, but they want you to be circumcised so that they may boast about your flesh. May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything! As for those who will follow this rulepeace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
>From now on, let no one make trouble for me; for I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen.
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
We seek you daily, O Father,
and you are there daily to be found.
Wherever we seek you,
at home, at work, on the highway,
you are there, O Lord.
Whatever we do,
eating and drinking,
writing or working,
readings, meditating or praying,
you are there, O Lord.
If we are oppressed,
you defend us, O Lord.
If we hunger,
you feed us, O Lord.
Whatever we need,
you give us, O Lord.
God of pilgrims,
teach us to recognize your dwelling place
in the love, generosity, and support of those
with whom we share our journey,
and help us to worship you
in our response to those who need our care;
for all the world is your temple
and every human heart is a sign of your presence,
made known to us in 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
Transform us into the likeness of Jesus Christ,
that we may live for you, as he lived,
and love others, as he loved them. 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 in _Book of Common Worship_, (c) 1993 Westminster
/ John Knox Press.
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