OREMUS: 21 February 2011
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Sun Feb 20 17:00:01 GMT 2011
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OREMUS for February 21
Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, holy God,
holy and mighty,
holy and immortal:
You called to us
through the life and death of Jesus
that we, estranged and dying,
might be adopted to live in your Spirit.
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.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,*
for his mercy endures for ever.
Who can declare the mighty acts of the Lord*
or show forth all his praise?
Happy are those who act with justice*
and always do what is right!
Remember me, O Lord,
with the favour you have for your people,*
and visit me with your saving help;
That I may see the prosperity of your elect
and be glad with the gladness of your people,*
that I may glory with your inheritance.
We have sinned as our forebears did;*
we have done wrong and dealt wickedly.
In Egypt they did not consider your marvellous works,
nor remember the abundance of your love;*
they defied the Most High at the Red Sea.
But he saved them for his name's sake,*
to make his power known.
He rebuked the Red Sea and it dried up,*
and he led them through the deep as through a desert.
He saved them from the hand of those who hated them*
and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy.
The waters covered their oppressors;*
not one of them was left.
Then they believed his words*
and sang him songs of praise.
But they soon forgot his deeds*
and did not wait for his counsel.
A craving seized them in the wilderness,*
and they put God to the test in the desert.
He gave them what they asked,*
but sent leanness into their soul.
They envied Moses in the camp,*
and Aaron, the holy one of the Lord.
The earth opened and swallowed Dathan*
and covered the company of Abiram.
Fire blazed up against their company,*
and flames devoured the wicked.
Israel made a bullcalf at Horeb*
and worshipped a molten image;
And so they exchanged their Glory*
for the image of an ox that feeds on grass.
They forgot God their saviour,*
who had done great things in Egypt,
Wonderful deeds in the land of Ham,*
and fearful things at the Red Sea.
So he would have destroyed them,
had not Moses his chosen
stood before him in the breach,*
to turn away his wrath from consuming them.
Our forebears refused the pleasant land*
and would not believe God's promise.
They grumbled in their tents*
and would not listen to the voice of the Lord.
So he lifted his hand against them,*
to overthrow them in the wilderness,
To cast out their seed among the nations,*
and to scatter them throughout the lands.
They joined themselves to BaalPeor*
and ate sacrifices offered to the dead.
They provoked him to anger with their actions,*
and a plague broke out among them.
Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,*
and the plague came to an end.
This was reckoned to him as righteousness*
throughout all generations for ever.
Again they provoked his anger at the waters of Meribah,*
so that he punished Moses because of them;
For they so embittered his spirit*
that he spoke rash words with his lips.
They did not destroy the peoples*
as the Lord had commanded them.
They intermingled with the heathen*
and learned their pagan ways,
So that they worshipped their idols,*
which became a snare to them.! v37 >
They sacrificed their sons*
and their daughters to evil spirits.
They shed innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,*
which they offered to the idols of Canaan,
and the land was defiled with blood.
Thus they were polluted by their actions*
and went whoring in their evil deeds;
Therefore the wrath of the Lord
was kindled against his people*
and he abhorred his inheritance.
He gave them over to the hand of the heathen,*
and those who hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies oppressed them,*
and they were humbled under their hand.
Many a time did he deliver them,
but they rebelled through their own devices,*
and were brought down in their iniquity.
Nevertheless, he saw their distress,*
when he heard their lamentation.
He remembered his covenant with them*
and relented in accordance with his great mercy.
He caused them to be pitied*
by those who held them captive.
Save us, O Lord our God,
and gather us from among the nations,*
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting and to everlasting;*
and let all the people say, 'Amen!'
FIRST READING [Micah 5:1-4, 10-15]:
Now you are walled around with a wall;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the ruler of Israel
upon the cheek.
But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
who are one of the little clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to rule in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labour has brought forth;
then the rest of his kindred shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth;
On that day, says the Lord,
I will cut off your horses from among you
and will destroy your chariots;
and I will cut off the cities of your land
and throw down all your strongholds;
and I will cut off sorceries from your hand,
and you shall have no more soothsayers;
and I will cut off your images
and your pillars from among you,
and you shall bow down no more
to the work of your hands;
and I will uproot your sacred poles from among you
and destroy your towns.
And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance
on the nations that did not obey.
Words: Harriet Auber (1773-1862)
Tune: Maos Zur
Praise our great and gracious Lord,
call upon his holy name;
raising hymns in glad accord,
all his mighty acts proclaim:
how he leads his chosen
unto Canaan's promised land,
how the word we have heard
firm and changeless still shall stand.
God has given the cloud by day,
given the moving fire by night;
guides his Israel on their way
from the darkness into light.
God it is who grants us
sure retreat and refuge nigh;
light of dawn leads us on:
'tis the Dayspring from on high.
SECOND READING [John 7:1431]:
About the middle of the festival Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. The Jews were astonished at it, saying, 'How does this man have such learning, when he has never been taught?' Then Jesus answered them, 'My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. Those who speak on their own seek their own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him.
'Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you looking for an opportunity to kill me?' The crowd answered, 'You have a demon! Who is trying to kill you?' Jesus answered them, 'I performed one work, and all of you are astonished. Moses gave you circumcision (it is, of course, not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), and you circumcise a man on the sabbath. If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath in order that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I healed a man's whole body on the sabbath? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgement.'
Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, 'Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.' Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, 'You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.' Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. Yet many in the crowd believed in him and were saying, 'When the Messiah comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?'
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
We rejoice in your generous goodness, O God, and
celebrate your lavish gifts to us this day, for you have
shown your love in giving Jesus Christ for the salvation
of the world. Especially we give thanks for
the labors of those who have served us today...
(We thank you, Lord)
friends with whom we have shared...
those whom we love and have loved us...
opportunities for our work to help others...
all beauty that delights us...
Gracious God, we know you are close to all in need, and
by our prayers for others we come closer to you. We are
bold to claim for others your promises of new life in
Jesus Christ, as we claim them for ourselves. Especially
we pray for
those in dangerous occupations...
(Lord, hear our prayer.)
physicians and nurses...
those who are ill or confined to nursing homes...
for those whom we love and for those who love us...
those who mourn...
the Roman Catholic Church...
God of all wisdom,
our hearts yearn for the warmth of your love,
and our minds search for the light of your Word:
Increase our longing for Christ our Savior,
and strengthen us to grow in love,
that at the dawn of his coming
we may rejoice in his presence
and welcome the light of his truth;
this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior taught us:
- The Lord's Prayer
Strengthen our hope in you,
and grant that all the peoples of the earth
may find their glory in you. 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 of thanksgiving and the closing sentence are adapted from prayers from _Evangelical Lutheran Worship_, (c) 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The intercession is from _Book of Common Worship_, (c) 1993 Westminster / John Knox Press.
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