OREMUS: 17 July 2010
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Fri Jul 16 17:00:10 GMT 2010
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OREMUS for Saturday, July 17, 2010
William White, Bishop of Pennsylvania, 1836
O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, Lord of all creation;
in your love you made us for yourself.
When we turned away you did not reject us,
but came to meet us in your Son.
You embraced us as your children
and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.
In Christ you shared our life
that we might live in him and he in us.
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.
Bow down your ear, O Lord, and answer me,*
for I am poor and in misery.
Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful;*
save your servant who trusts in you.
Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God;*
I call upon you all the day long.
Gladden the soul of your servant,*
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,*
and great is your love towards all who call upon you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer,*
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the time of my trouble I will call upon you,*
for you will answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord,*
nor anything like your works.
All nations you have made
will come and worship you, O Lord,*
and glorify your name.
For you are great; you do wondrous things;*
and you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
and I will walk in your truth;*
knit my heart to you that I may fear your name.
I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart,*
and glorify your name for evermore.
For great is your love towards me;*
you have delivered me from the nethermost Pit.
The arrogant rise up against me, O God,
and a violent band seeks my life;*
they have not set you before their eyes.
But you, O Lord, are gracious and full of compassion,*
slow to anger and full of kindness and truth.
Turn to me and have mercy upon me;*
give your strength to your servant;
and save the child of your handmaid.
Show me a sign of your favour,
so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed;*
because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
On the holy mountain stands the city he has founded;*
the Lord loves the gates of Zion
more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
Glorious things are spoken of you,*
O city of our God.
I count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me;*
behold Philistia, Tyre and Ethiopia:
in Zion were they born.
Of Zion it shall be said, 'Everyone was born in her,*
and the Most High himself shall sustain her.'
The Lord will record as he enrols the peoples,*
'These also were born there.'
The singers and the dancers will say,*
'All my fresh springs are in you.'
O Lord, my God, my Saviour,*
by day and night I cry to you.
Let my prayer enter into your presence;*
incline your ear to my lamentation.
For I am full of trouble;*
my life is at the brink of the grave.
I am counted among those who go down to the Pit;*
I have become like one who has no strength;
Lost among the dead,*
like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom you remember no more,*
for they are cut off from your hand.
You have laid me in the depths of the Pit,*
in dark places and in the abyss.
Your anger weighs upon me heavily,*
and all your great waves overwhelm me.
You have put my friends far from me;
you have made me to be abhorred by them;*
I am in prison and cannot get free.
My sight has failed me because of trouble;*
Lord, I have called upon you daily;
I have stretched out my hands to you.
Do you work wonders for the dead?*
will those who have died
stand up and give you thanks?
Will your lovingkindness be declared in the grave?*
your faithfulness in the land of destruction?
Will your wonders be known in the dark?*
or your righteousness in the country
where all is forgotten?
But as for me, O Lord, I cry to you for help;*
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Lord, why have you rejected me?*
why have you hidden your face from me?
Ever since my youth,
I have been wretched and at the point of death;*
I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind.
Your blazing anger has swept over me;*
your terrors have destroyed me;
They surround me all day long like a flood;*
they encompass me on every side.
My friend and my neighbour you have put away from me,*
and darkness is my only companion.
FIRST READING [1 Sam. 4:12-end]:
A man of Benjamin ran from the battle line, and came to Shiloh the same day, with his clothes torn and with earth upon his head. When he arrived, Eli was sitting upon his seat by the road watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. When the man came into the city and told the news, all the city cried out. When Eli heard the sound of the outcry, he said, 'What is this uproar?' Then the man came quickly and told Eli. Now Eli was ninety-eight years old and his eyes were set, so that he could not see. The man said to Eli, 'I have just come from the battle; I fled from the battle today.' He said, 'How did it go, my son?' The messenger replied, 'Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has also been a great slaughter among the troops; your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been captured.' When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell over backwards from his seat by the side of the gate; and his neck was broken and he died, for he was an old man, and heavy. He had judged Israel for forty years.
Now his daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant, about to give birth. When she heard the news that the ark of God was captured, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she bowed and gave birth; for her labour pains overwhelmed her. As she was about to die, the women attending her said to her, 'Do not be afraid, for you have borne a son.' But she did not answer or give heed. She named the child Ichabod, meaning, 'The glory has departed from Israel', because the ark of God had been captured and because of her father-in-law and her husband. She said, 'The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.'
Words: Christo profusum sanguinem Ambrose of Milan (340-397) translated Robert Campbell (1814-1868)
Tune: Constance (LM)
Ye servants of our glorious King,
To Him your thankful praises bring;
And tell the deeds that grace has done,
The triumphs by His Martyrs won.
Since they were faithful to the last,
Their holy struggles now are past;
The bitterness of death is o'er,
And theirs is bliss for evermore.
The flame might scorch, the knife lay bare,
And cruel beasts their members tear;
No powers of earth, no powers of hell
The souls that loved their Lord could quell.
For ever broken is the chain
That sought to bind them, but in vain:
O let us strive like them to win
Our freedom from the bonds of sin.
O Saviour, may our portion be
With those who gave themselves to Thee,
Through all eternity to sing
All praise to Thee the Martyrs' King.
SECOND READING [Acts 22:17-29]:
'After I had returned to Jerusalem and while I was praying in the temple, I fell into a trance and saw Jesus saying to me, Hurry and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me. And I said, Lord, they themselves know that in every synagogue I imprisoned and beat those who believed in you. And while the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I myself was standing by, approving and keeping the coats of those who killed him. Then he said to me, Go, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles. '
Up to this point they listened to him, but then they shouted, 'Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.' And while they were shouting, throwing off their cloaks, and tossing dust into the air, the tribune directed that he was to be brought into the barracks, and ordered him to be examined by flogging, to find out the reason for this outcry against him. But when they had tied him up with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, 'Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who is uncondemned?' When the centurion heard that, he went to the tribune and said to him, 'What are you about to do? This man is a Roman citizen.' The tribune came and asked Paul, 'Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?' And he said, 'Yes.' The tribune answered, 'It cost me a large sum of money to get my citizenship.' Paul said, 'But I was born a citizen.' Immediately those who were about to examine him drew back from him; and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or
Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness,
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of this and every nation,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth.
In the depths of our isolation,
we cry to you, Lord God;
give light in our darkness
and bring us out of the prison of our despair;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
in a time of turmoil and confusion
you raised up your servant William White,
and endowed him with wisdom, patience,
and a reconciling temper,
that he might lead your Church
into ways of stability and peace:
Hear our prayer, and give us wise and faithful leaders,
that through their ministry
your people may be blessed and your will be done;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.
- The Lord's Prayer
You have opened to us the Scriptures, O Christ.
Abide with us, we pray,
that, blessed by your royal presence,
we may walk with you
all the days of our life,
and at its end behold you
in the glory of the eternal Trinity,
one God for ever and ever. 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 and closing sentence are adapted from _Book of Common Worship_, (c) 1993 Westminster / John Knox Press.
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