OREMUS: 23 December 2011
steve.benner at oremus.org
Thu Dec 22 17:00:01 GMT 2011
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OREMUS for December 23
Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, Emmanuel
gentle Ruler and Giver of Laws,
the nations cry out for you
to rescue them from their exile.
You come and visit us in peace, O Lord,
and we rejoice with renewed hearts.
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.
When Israel came out of Egypt,*
the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech,
Judah became God's sanctuary*
and Israel his dominion.
The sea beheld it and fled;*
Jordan turned and went back.
The mountains skipped like rams,*
and the little hills like young sheep.
What ailed you, O sea, that you fled?*
O Jordan, that you turned back?
You mountains, that you skipped like rams?*
you little hills like young sheep?
Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,*
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
Who turned the hard rock into a pool of water*
and flintstone into a flowing spring.
Not to us, O Lord, not to us,
but to your name give glory;*
because of your love and because of your faithfulness.
Why should the heathen say,*
'Where then is their God?'
Our God is in heaven;*
whatever he wills to do he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,*
the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but they cannot speak;*
eyes have they, but they cannot see;
They have ears, but they cannot hear;*
noses, but they cannot smell;
They have hands, but they cannot feel;
feet, but they cannot walk;*
they make no sound with their throat.
Those who make them are like them,*
and so are all who put their trust in them.
O Israel, trust in the Lord;*
he is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord;*
he is their help and their shield.
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord;*
he is their help and their shield.
The Lord has been mindful of us and he will bless us;*
he will bless the house of Israel;
he will bless the house of Aaron;
He will bless those who fear the Lord,*
both small and great together.
May the Lord increase you more and more,*
you and your children after you.
May you be blessed by the Lord,*
the maker of heaven and earth.
The heaven of heavens is the Lord's,*
but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.
The dead do not praise the Lord,*
nor all those who go down into silence;
But we will bless the Lord,*
from this time forth for evermore.
FIRST READING [2 Samuel 7.1-5,8-11,16]:
Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, 'See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.' Nathan said to the king, 'Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.'
But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure for ever before me; your throne shall be established for ever.
Words: ©Willard F Jabusch (born 1930)
Tune: THE KING OF GLORY
The King of glory comes,
the nation rejoices.
Open the gates before him,
lift up your voices.
Who is the King of glory,
how shall we call him?
He is Emmanuel,
the promised of ages. Refrain
In all of Galilee,
in city and village,
he goes among his people,
curing their illness. Refrain
Sing then of David's Son,
our Saviour and brother;
in all of Galilee
was never another. Refrain
He gave his life for us,
the pledge of salvation.
He took upon himself
the sins of the nation. Refrain
He conquered sin and death;
he truly has risen.
And he will share with us
his heavenly vision. Refrain
SECOND READING [2 John 1-6,12-13]:
The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not only I but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us for ever:
Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Fathers Son, in truth and love.
I was overjoyed to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. But now, dear lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning, let us love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment just as you have heard it from the beginningyou must walk in it.
Although I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink; instead I hope to come to you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
The children of your elect sister send you their greetings.
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
if we have spent so much time shopping
that we have had little time to spend
with those for whom we are shopping,
forgive us and give us sensitivity.
If we become so busy practicing for the Christmas programs
that we forget to think about what they mean,
forgive us and give us understanding.
If we decorate our houses
but neglect the inner beauty of our homes,
forgive us and grant us love.
If we are worried about how much Christmas is going to cost us,
but have given little thought to how much Christmas cost God,
forgive us and give us perspective.
If we are so consumed with thinking about Christmas
that we have little consideration
of the meaning of the first Christmas,
forgive us and give us insight.
in the psalms of David,
in the words of the prophets,
in the dream of Joseph
your promise is spoken.
At last, in the womb of the Virgin Mary,
your Word takes flesh.
Teach us to welcome Jesus, the promised Emmanuel,
and to preach the good news of his coming,
that every age may know him
as the source of redemption and grace.
Grant this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen.
Awaiting his coming in glory,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
Music may be found <a
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel!
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 of thanksgiving is adapted by Stephen Benner and is based
on the antiphons O Emmanuel and Veni Domine.
The intercession is from _Chalice Worship_, (c) Chalice
Press, 1997. Reproduced with permission.
The collect is from _Opening Prayers: Collects in Contemporary Language_. Canterbury Press, Norwich, 1999.
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