OREMUS: 15 July 2011
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Thu Jul 14 22:49:22 GMT 2011
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OREMUS for July 15
O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, all holy God,
how wonderful is the work of your hands!
When sin had scarred the world,
you entered into covenant to renew the whole creation.
As a mother tenderly gathers her children,
as a father joyfully welcomes his own,
you embraced a people as your own
and filled them with longing
for a peace that would last
and for a justice that would never fail.
For these and all your mercies, we praise you:
Blessed be God for ever!
An opening canticle may be sung.
We give you thanks, O God, we give you thanks,*
calling upon your name
and declaring all your wonderful deeds.
'I will appoint a time,' says God;*
'I will judge with equity.
'Though the earth and all its inhabitants are quaking,*
I will make its pillars fast.
'I will say to the boasters, "Boast no more",*
and to the wicked, "Do not toss your horns;
'"Do not toss your horns so high,*
nor speak with a proud neck."'
For judgement is neither from the east
nor from the west,*
nor yet from the wilderness or the mountains.
It is God who judges;*
he puts down one and lifts up another.
For in the Lord's hand there is a cup,
full of spiced and foaming wine, which he pours out,*
and all the wicked of the earth
shall drink and drain the dregs.
But I will rejoice for ever;*
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
He shall break off all the horns of the wicked;*
but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
In Judah is God known;*
his name is great in Israel.
At Salem is his tabernacle,*
and his dwelling is in Zion.
There he broke the flashing arrows,*
the shield, the sword and the weapons of battle.
How glorious you are!*
more splendid than the everlasting mountains!
The strong of heart have been despoiled;
they sink into sleep;*
none of the warriors can lift a hand.
At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,*
both horse and rider lie stunned.
What terror you inspire!*
who can stand before you when you are angry?
>From heaven you pronounced judgement;*
the earth was afraid and was still;
When God rose up to judgement*
and to save all the oppressed of the earth.
Truly, wrathful Edom will give you thanks,*
and the remnant of Hamath will keep your feasts.
Make a vow to the Lord your God and keep it;*
let all around him bring gifts
to him who is worthy to be feared.
He breaks the spirit of princes,*
and strikes terror in the kings of the earth.
I will cry aloud to God;*
I will cry aloud and he will hear me.
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord;*
my hands were stretched out by night and did not tire;
I refused to be comforted.
I think of God, I am restless,*
I ponder and my spirit faints.
You will not let my eyelids close;*
I am troubled and I cannot speak.
I consider the days of old;*
I remember the years long past;
I commune with my heart in the night;*
I ponder and search my mind.
Will the Lord cast me off for ever?*
will he no more show his favour?
Has his lovingkindness come to an end for ever?*
has his promise failed for evermore?
Has God forgotten to be gracious?*
has he, in his anger, withheld his compassion?
And I said, 'My grief is this:*
the right hand of the Most High has lost its power.'
I will remember the works of the Lord,*
and call to mind your wonders of old time.
I will meditate on all your acts*
and ponder your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy;*
who is so great a god as our God?
You are the God who works wonders*
and have declared your power among the peoples.
By your strength you have redeemed your people,*
the children of Jacob and Joseph.
The waters saw you, O God;
the waters saw you and trembled;*
the very depths were shaken.
The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered;*
your arrows flashed to and fro;
The sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lit up the world;*
the earth trembled and shook.
Your way was in the sea,
and your paths in the great waters,*
yet your footsteps were not seen.
You led your people like a flock*
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
FIRST READING [Jeremiah 43]:
When Jeremiah finished speaking to all the people all these words of the Lord their God, with which the Lord their God had sent him to them, Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the other insolent men said to Jeremiah, 'You are telling a lie. The Lord our God did not send you to say, "Do not go to Egypt to settle there"; but Baruch son of Neriah is inciting you against us, to hand us over to the Chaldeans, in order that they may kill us or take us into exile in Babylon.' So Johanan son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces and all the people did not obey the voice of the Lord, to stay in the land of Judah. But Johanan son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces took all the remnant of Judah who had returned to settle in the land of Judah from all the nations to which they had been driven the men, the women, the children, the princesses, and everyone whom Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had left with Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan; also the prophet Jeremiah and Baruch son of Neriah. And they came into the land of Egypt, for they did not obey the voice of the Lord. And they arrived at Tahpanhes.
Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah in Tahpanhes: Take some large stones in your hands, and bury them in the clay pavement that is at the entrance to Pharaoh's palace in Tahpanhes. Let the Judeans see you do it, and say to them, Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I am going to send and take my servant King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon, and he will set his throne above these stones that I have buried, and he will spread his royal canopy over them. He shall come and ravage the land of Egypt, giving
those who are destined for pestilence, to pestilence,
and those who are destined for captivity, to captivity,
and those who are destined for the sword, to the sword.
He shall kindle a fire in the temples of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them and carry them away captive; and he shall pick clean the land of Egypt, as a shepherd picks his cloak clean of vermin; and he shall depart from there safely. He shall break the obelisks of Heliopolis, which is in the land of Egypt; and the temples of the gods of Egypt he shall burn with fire.
Words: Jane Leeson (1809-1881)
Tune: Buckland (77 77)
Loving Shepherd of your sheep,
keep your lamb, in safety keep;
nothing can your power withstand,
none can tear me from your hand.
Loving Lord, you chose to give
your own life that we might live;
and your hands outstretched to bless
bear the cruel nails' impress.
Help me praise you every day,
gladly serve you and obey;
like your glorious ones above,
happy in your precious love.
Loving Shepherd ever near,
teach your lamb your voice to hear;
let my footsteps never stray
from the true and narrow way.
Where you lead me I will go,
walking in your steps below;
till, before my Father's throne,
I shall know as I am known.
SECOND READING [2 Corinthians 13]:
This is the third time I am coming to you. 'Any charge must be sustained by the evidence of two or three witnesses.' I warned those who sinned previously and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again, I will not be lenient since you desire proof that Christ is speaking in me. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful in you. For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?unless, indeed, you fail to pass the test! I hope you will find out that we have not failed. But we pray to God that you may not do anything wrongnot that we may appear to have passed the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. This is what we pray for, that you may become perfect. So I write these things while I am away from you, so that when I come, I may not have to be severe in using the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.
Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
In your glory, Lord, protect us by the power of your name,
that we may be one as you are one.
We are in the world but not of it.
Protect us from the evil one.
Give us your word and the full measure of your joy.
Sanctify us by your truth.
May your Spirit unite us in the love and glory of Father and Son.
May we be one that the world may believe.
As you sent your Son into the world
so send us, to make your glory known.
Guide your Church, O God,
with wisdom from above,
and since from before the world was made
you have held us always in your presence,
so continue to lead your people
into the promised fullness of your glory.
We ask this through 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
Keep us faithful to the Spirit who has sealed us as your own. 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 is from _Book of Common Worship_, (c) 1993 Westminster / John Knox Press. The collect and closing sentence are by Alan Griffiths.
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