OREMUS: 16 December 2011
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Thu Dec 15 17:13:17 GMT 2011
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OREMUS for December 16
Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, O God, most high and most near,
you send glad tidings to the lowly,
you hide not your face from the poor;
you call those who dwell in darkness into the light.
Your Spirit takes away our blindness,
removes the hardness of our hearts,
and forms us into a humble people
that, at the advent of your Son,
we may recognize him in our midst
and find joy in his saving presence.
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 [Isaiah 52:1-6]:
put on your strength, O Zion!
Put on your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city;
for the uncircumcised and the unclean
shall enter you no more.
Shake yourself from the dust, rise up,
O captive Jerusalem;
loose the bonds from your neck,
O captive daughter Zion!
For thus says the Lord: You were sold for nothing, and you shall be redeemed without money. For thus says the Lord God: Long ago, my people went down into Egypt to reside there as aliens; the Assyrian, too, has oppressed them without cause. Now therefore, what am I doing here, says the Lord, seeing that my people are taken away without cause? Their rulers howl, says the Lord, and continually, all day long, my name is despised. Therefore my people shall know my name; therefore on that day they shall know that it is I who speak; here am I.
Words: Fred Kaan 1968 by Hope Publishing Co Used with permission
Tune: Alleluia dulce carmen, Westminster Abbey, Picardy
For the healing of the nations,
Lord, we pray with one accord,
for a just and equal sharing
of the things that earth affords.
To a life of love in action
help us rise and pledge our word.
Lead us forward into freedom,
from despair your world release,
that, redeemed from war and hatred,
all may come and go in peace.
Show us how through care and goodness
fear will die and hope increase.
All that kills abundant living,
let it from the earth be banned:
pride of status, race or schooling,
dogmas that obscure your plan.
In our common quest for justice
may we hallow brief life's span.
You, Creator God, have written
your great name on humankind;
for our growing in your likeness
bring the life of Christ to mind;
that by our response and service
earth its destiny may find.
SECOND READING [1 Thessalonians 5.111]:
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, There is peace and security, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
We can hardly wait, dear God.
Looking out upon a world
that is far too familiar with Isaiahs sorrows,
the mounting ashes of our failures
and the heavy heart of human suffering,
your coming cannot be too soon.
So pour out your Spirit now, today.
Bind up broken hearts
and release the good word
and the goodwill
that we have held back too long.
Announce your clear intentions now.
Garland your sorry world with joy
and clothe it with
the splendour of your presence here.
Plant a new way of life
in which truth and justice stand rooted like a tree.
Make us into a new race of people
who love justice,
cherish their commitment to each other
and are eager for your coming.
We can hardly wait. Amen
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.
- The Lord's Prayer
Lift up our unknowing hearts,
and waken our sleeping love
to announce the coming dawn
of unexpected peace;
through Jesus Christ, the one who is to come. 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 is in _Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language_. Canterbury Press, Norwich, 1999. The closing prayer is from Prayers for an Inclusive Church_ by Stephen Shakespeare.
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