OREMUS: 7 November 2011
steve.benner at oremus.org
Sun Nov 6 17:00:00 GMT 2011
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OREMUS for November 7
Willibrord of York, Bishop, Apostle of Frisia, 739
Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessed are you, O Lord,
who turns the shadow of death into the morning,
and renews the face of the earth.
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.
Fight those who fight me, O Lord;*
attack those who are attacking me.
Take up shield and armour*
and rise up to help me.
Draw the sword and bar the way
against those who pursue me;*
say to my soul, 'I am your salvation.'
Let those who seek after my life be shamed and humbled;*
let those who plot my ruin fall back and be dismayed.
Then I will be joyful in the Lord;*
I will glory in his victory.
My very bones will say, 'Lord, who is like you?*
You deliver the poor
from those who are too strong for them,
the poor and needy from those who rob them.'
Malicious witnesses rise up against me;*
they charge me with matters I know nothing about.
They pay me evil in exchange for good;*
my soul is full of despair.
But when they were sick I dressed in sackcloth*
and humbled myself by fasting;
I prayed with my whole heart,
as one would for a friend or a brother;*
I behaved like one who mourns for his mother,
bowed down and grieving.
But when I stumbled,
they were glad and gathered together;
they gathered against me;*
strangers whom I did not know
tore me to pieces and would not stop.
They put me to the test and mocked me;*
they gnashed at me with their teeth.
O Lord, how long will you look on?*
rescue me from the roaring beasts,
and my life from the young lions.
I will give you thanks in the great congregation;*
I will praise you in the mighty throng.
Do not let my treacherous foes rejoice over me,*
nor let those who hate me without a cause
wink at each other.
For they do not plan for peace,*
but invent deceitful schemes
against the quiet in the land.
They opened their mouths at me and said,*
'Aha! we saw it with our own eyes.'
You saw it, O Lord; do not be silent;*
O Lord, be not far from me.
Awake, arise, to my cause!*
to my defence, my God and my Lord!
Give me justice, O Lord my God,
according to your righteousness;*
do not let them triumph over me.
Do not let them say in their hearts,
'Aha! just what we want!'*
Do not let them say, 'We have swallowed him up.'
Let all who rejoice at my ruin be ashamed and disgraced;*
let those who boast against me
be clothed with dismay and shame.
Let those who favour my cause
sing out with joy and be glad;*
let them say always, 'Great is the Lord,
who desires the prosperity of his servant.'
And my tongue shall be talking of your righteousness*
and of your praise all the day long.
Psalm 36 [CCP]
There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked;*
there is no fear of God before their eyes.
They flatter themselves in their own eyes*
that their hateful sin will not be found out.
The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful;*
they have left off acting wisely and doing good.
They think up wickedness upon their beds
and have set themselves in no good way;*
they do not abhor that which is evil.
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens,*
and your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the strong mountains,
your justice like the great deep;*
you save both human and beast, O Lord.
How priceless is your love, O God!*
your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings.
They feast upon the abundance of your house;*
you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the well of life,*
and in your light we see light.
Continue your lovingkindness to those who know you,*
and your favour to those who are true of heart.
Let not the foot of the proud come near me,*
nor the hand of the wicked push me aside.
See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness!*
they are cast down and shall not be able to rise.
FIRST READING [Isaiah 1.120]:
The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.
Hear, O heavens, and listen, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken:
I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
The ox knows its owner,
and the donkey its masters crib;
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.
Ah, sinful nation,
people laden with iniquity,
offspring who do evil,
children who deal corruptly,
who have forsaken the Lord,
who have despised the Holy One of Israel,
who are utterly estranged!
Why do you seek further beatings?
Why do you continue to rebel?
The whole head is sick,
and the whole heart faint.
>From the sole of the foot even to the head,
there is no soundness in it,
but bruises and sores
and bleeding wounds;
they have not been drained, or bound up,
or softened with oil.
Your country lies desolate,
your cities are burned with fire;
in your very presence
aliens devour your land;
it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners.
And daughter Zion is left
like a booth in a vineyard,
like a shelter in a cucumber field,
like a besieged city.
If the Lord of hosts
had not left us a few survivors,
we would have been like Sodom,
and become like Gomorrah.
Hear the word of the Lord,
you rulers of Sodom!
Listen to the teaching of our God,
you people of Gomorrah!
What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices?
says the Lord;
I have had enough of burnt-offerings of rams
and the fat of fed beasts;
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
or of lambs, or of goats.
When you come to appear before me,
who asked this from your hand?
Trample my courts no more;
bringing offerings is futile;
incense is an abomination to me.
New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation
I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity.
Your new moons and your appointed festivals
my soul hates;
they have become a burden to me,
I am weary of bearing them.
When you stretch out your hands,
I will hide my eyes from you;
even though you make many prayers,
I will not listen;
your hands are full of blood.
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your doings
from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
learn to do good;
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.
Come now, let us argue it out,
says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be like snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool.
If you are willing and obedient,
you shall eat the good of the land;
but if you refuse and rebel,
you shall be devoured by the sword;
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
Words: Robert Balgarnie Young Scott (1899-1988)
© Emmanuel College, Toronto, Canada
Tune: Bellwoods, Carlisle, St Michael
O Day of God, draw near
in beauty and in power,
come with your timeless judgement now
to match our present hour.
Bring to our troubled minds,
uncertain and afraid,
the quiet of a steadfast faith,
calm of a call obeyed.
Bring justice to our land,
that all may dwell secure,
and finely build for days to come
foundations that endure.
Bring to our world of strife
your sovereign word of peace,
that war may haunt the earth no more
and desolation cease.
O Day of God, draw near
as at creation's birth;
let there be light again, and set
your judgement in the earth.
SECOND READING [Matthew 7.112]:
Jesus continued, 'Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, "Let me take the speck out of your eye", while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour's eye.
'Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.
'Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
'In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.'
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Great and wonderful God, we praise and thank you for the
gift of renewal in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you
opportunities for rest and recreation...
(We thank you, Lord.)
the regenerating gifts of the Holy Spirit...
activities shared by young and old...
fun and laughter...
every service that proclaims your love...
You make all things new, O God, and we offer our prayers
for the renewal of the whole world and the healing of its
wounds. Especially we pray for
those who have no leisure...
(Lord, hear our prayer.)
people enslaved by addictions...
those who entertain and enlighten...
those confronted with temptation...
the church in North America...
O God of justice and love,
you illumine our way through life
with the words of your Son:
Give us the light we need,
and awaken us to the needs of others,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
in your great love
you called Willibrord to be an apostle to the Netherlands:
give to your faithful people today
a will to follow your leading,
a heart open to strangers,
and a thirst to bring others to know you;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.
- The Lord's Prayer
Abide with the Lord in love, because grace and mercy are upon Gods holy ones. 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 adapted from a prayer by Lancelot Andrewes. The first collect is from _Evangelical Lutheran Worship_, (c) 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The second collect is from For All the Saints, Anglican Church of New Zealand. The closing prayer is Wisdom 3:9
Willibrord was born in Northumbria in 658. During studies in Ireland he developed an enthusiasm for missionary work. In 690 he went with some others to Frisia, and in 695 was made bishop of the region, with his centre at Utrecht. His patient laying of foundations was the beginning of a century of English missionary work in Europe. He founded monasteries and appointed bishops to new dioceses and did much to establish the church on a sound base in the face of pagan opposition. He died in 739. [For All the Saints]
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