OREMUS: 15 January 2012
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Sat Jan 14 17:00:00 GMT 2012
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OREMUS for January 15
The Second Sunday after Epiphany
Richard Meux Benson, Religious,
Founder of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, 1915
Lord, open our lips,
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
We have found the Messiah:
who brings u grace and truth.
Let us worship God.
Blessed are you, insistent God,
by night and by day
you summon your slumbering people.
You stir us with your voice
and enlighten our lives with your grace
that we may give ourselves fully
to Christ's call to mission and ministry.
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.
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 [Isaiah 62:1-5]:
For Zions sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalems sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.
The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
You shall no more be termed Forsaken,
and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a young woman,
so shall your builder marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you.
Words: John Ernest Bode (1816-1874)
Tune: Angels (76 76 D)
O Jesus, thou hast promised
to all who follow thee
that where thou art in glory
there shall thy servant be;
and Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow
my master and my friend.
Oh, let me feel thee near me;BR>
the world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
the tempting sounds I hear;
my foes are ever near me,
around me and within;
but, Jesus, draw thou nearer,
and shield my soul from sin.
Oh, let me hear thee speaking,
in accents clear and still,
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self will.
Oh, speak to reassure me,
to hasten or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
thou guardian of my soul.
SECOND READING [Mark 1:4-20]:
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, 'The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.'
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.'
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lakefor they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, 'Follow me and I will make you fish for people.' And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
The Benedictus (Morning),
the Magnificat (Evening), or Nunc dimittis (Night) may follow.
Let us pray to God for the coming of the Kingdom:
O God, into the pain of the tortured:
Into the hunger of those deprived:
Into those who have died in you:
Into those who long for you:
breathe your presence.
Into your Church, especially the Diocese of
shed forth your renewing Spirit.
Your kingdom come, your will be done:
For the kingdom, the power and the glory
are yours, now and for ever. Amen.
As a worshipping community who believe in the power of prayer, we present our needs and the needs of the world to the Father of all mercies.
We pray for all who die before their expected time, particularly those who suffer a violent death: that they might be brought within the saving embrace of God and welcomed to the peace of their everlasting home.
Lord, hear us.
We pray for all entrusted with the education of our children; give wisdom and skill to all who teach; prosper with your blessing all our places of learning, that all young people will grow equipped to face life's journey.
Lord, hear us.
We pray for the growth of peace and justice in Myanmar (Burma): that those who rule might do so in respect of the wishes of their people, who long to live in freedom and free from fear.
Lord, hear us.
We pray to the God who made all people in his own likeness and whose love embraces all the nations of the earth: that the Lord will enable us to break down all that divides us from one another and live in harmony and respect.
Lord, hear us.
Father of mercies, we gather all our needs and place them before you. Hear our prayers as we make them in the name of the one you called beloved, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Blessed are you, eternal God,
for your servant Richard Meux Benson,
who heeded your call to holiness
and nurtured in others, far and near,
the vocation of constant union with Christ.
Heal our intentions and transfigure our wills,
that our lives may be filled
with the harmony of your life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Gathering our prayers and praises into one,
let us pray as our Savior has taught us.
- The Lord's Prayer
May we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day giving you praise. 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 sentence is John 1:41,17. The opening prayer of thanksgiving is reprinted from _Revised Common Lectionary Prayers_, copyright (c) 2002 Consultation on Common Texts. The petitions are gathered by Redemptorist Publications and are published each Friday on their website: http://www.rpbooks.co.uk/page.php?page=prayers
The collect and the closing sentence are from _Evangelical Lutheran Worship_, (c) 2006 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The first collect is by Fr. Benson and the second collect is from _For All the Saints_, (c) General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, 1994.
A biography of Richard Meux Benson can be found at
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