OREMUS: 2 October 2011

Steve Benner steve.benner at oremus.org
Sat Oct 1 17:00:00 GMT 2011

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OREMUS for October 2

O Lord, open our lips.
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Blessed are you, Lord our God,
you sent your only Son, 
born of a woman,
to redeem your children and set us free. 
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. 


Psalm 12

Help me, Lord, for there is no godly one left;*
 the faithful have vanished from among us.
Everyone speaks falsely with their neighbour;*
 with a smooth tongue they speak from a double heart.
O that the Lord would cut off all smooth tongues,*
 and close the lips that utter proud boasts!
Those who say, 'With our tongue will we prevail;*
 our lips are our own; who is lord over us?'
'Because the needy are oppressed,
   and the poor cry out in misery,*
 I will rise up', says the Lord,
   'and give them the help they long for.'
The words of the Lord are pure words,*
 like silver refined from ore
   and purified seven times in the fire.
O Lord, watch over us*
 and save us from this generation for ever.
The wicked prowl on every side,*
 and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.

Psalm 13

How long, O Lord;
   will you forget me for ever?*
 how long will you hide your face from me?
How long shall I have perplexity in my mind,
   and grief in my heart, day after day?*
 how long shall my enemy triumph over me?
Look upon me and answer me, O Lord my God;*
 give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death;
Lest my enemy say, 'I have prevailed over him',*
 and my foes rejoice that I have fallen.
But I put my trust in your mercy;*
 my heart is joyful because of your saving help.
I will sing to the Lord,
   for he has dealt with me richly;*
 I will praise the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 14

The fool has said in his heart, 'There is no God.'*
 All are corrupt and commit abominable acts;
   there is none who does any good.
The Lord looks down from heaven upon us all,*
 to see if there is any who is wise,
   if there is one who seeks after God.
Everyone has proved faithless;
   all alike have turned bad;*
 there is none who does good; no, not one.
Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers*
 who eat up my people like bread
   and do not call upon the Lord?
See how they tremble with fear,*
 because God is in the company of the righteous.
Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted,*
 but the Lord is their refuge.
O that Israel's deliverance would come out of Zion!*
 when the Lord restores the fortunes of his people,
   Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad.

FIRST READING [Ecclus 43.13–end]:

By his command he sends the driving snow
   and speeds the lightnings of his judgement. 
Therefore the storehouses are opened,
   and the clouds fly out like birds. 
In his majesty he gives the clouds their strength,
   and the hailstones are broken in pieces.
The voice of his thunder rebukes the earth; 
   when he appears, the mountains shake.
At his will the south wind blows;
   so do the storm from the north and the whirlwind.
He scatters the snow like birds flying down,
   and its descent is like locusts alighting. 
The eye is dazzled by the beauty of its whiteness,
   and the mind is amazed as it falls. 
He pours frost over the earth like salt,
   and icicles form like pointed thorns. 
The cold north wind blows,
   and ice freezes on the water;
it settles on every pool of water,
   and the water puts it on like a breastplate. 
He consumes the mountains and burns up the wilderness,
   and withers the tender grass like fire. 
A mist quickly heals all things;
   the falling dew gives refreshment from the heat. 

By his plan he stilled the deep
   and planted islands in it. 
Those who sail the sea tell of its dangers,
   and we marvel at what we hear. 
In it are strange and marvellous creatures,
   all kinds of living things, and huge sea-monsters. 
Because of him each of his messengers succeeds,
   and by his word all things hold together. 

We could say more but could never say enough;
   let the final word be: ‘He is the all.’ 
Where can we find the strength to praise him?
   For he is greater than all his works. 
Awesome is the Lord and very great,
   and marvellous is his power. 
Glorify the Lord and exalt him as much as you can,
   for he surpasses even that.
When you exalt him, summon all your strength,
   and do not grow weary, for you cannot praise him enough. 
Who has seen him and can describe him?
   Or who can extol him as he is? 
Many things greater than these lie hidden,
   for I have seen but few of his works. 
For the Lord has made all things,
   and to the godly he has given wisdom. 
Words: Graham Kendrick
Tune: Shine, Jesus, Shine

Lord the Light of Your Love is shining,
In the midst of the darkness shining, 
Jesus light of the world shine upon us, 
Set us free by the truth You now bring us, 
Shine on me. Shine on me. 

Shine Jesus shine
Fill this land with the Father's glory
Blaze, Spirit blaze, 
Set our hearts on fire
Flow, river flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
Send forth Your word
Lord and let there be light. 

Lord I come to Your awesome presence, 
>From the shadows into Your radiance, 
By the blood I may enter Your brightness, 
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness, 
Shine on me. Shine on me. [Chorus] 

As we gaze on Your kindly brightness. 
So our faces display Your likeness. 
Ever changing from glory to glory, 
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story. 
Shine on me. Shine on me. [Chorus]

SECOND READING [John 13.21–30]:

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, 'Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.' The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he was speaking. One of his disciples—the one whom Jesus loved—was reclining next to him; Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking. So while reclining next to Jesus, he asked him, 'Lord, who is it?' Jesus answered, 'It is the one to whom I give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.' So when he had dipped the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. After he received the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, 'Do quickly what you are going to do.' Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him. Some thought that, because Judas had the common purse, Jesus was telling him, 'Buy what we need for the festival'; or, that he should give something to the poor. So, after receiving the piece of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night. 

The Benedictus (Morning), 
the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.

Renew your Church in holiness,
and help us to serve you with joy.

Guide the leaders of this and every nation,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.

Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth.

Father, give to us, and to all your people,
in times of anxiety, serenity;
in times of hardship, courage;
in times of uncertainty, patience;
and, at all time, a quiet trust in your wisdom and love;
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

Give us all those things which lead us to you, O God. 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 collect is from New Every Morning and the closing sentence is from Precationes Piae, 1564.

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