Oremus for Sunday, March 15, 2020

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

HYMN

1 Awake, our souls; away, our fears;
let every trembling thought be gone;
awake and run the heavenly race,
and put a cheerful courage on.

2 True, ’tis a strait and thorny road,
and mortal spirits tire and faint;
but they forget the mighty God
that feeds the strength of every saint:

3 The mighty God, whose matchless power
is ever new and ever young,
and firm endures, while endless years
their everlasting circles run.

4 From thee, the overflowing spring,
our souls shall drink a fresh supply,
while such as trust their native strength
shall melt away, and droop, and die.

5 Swift as an eagle cuts the air,
we’ll mount aloft to thine abode;
on wings of love our souls shall fly,
nor tire amidst the heavenly road.
Isaac Watts

PSALMS

Psalm 75 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/w8cy5dn)

1  Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks *
 yea, unto thee do we give thanks.
2  Thy Name also is so nigh *
 and that do thy wondrous works declare.
3  When I receive the congregation *
 I shall judge according unto right.
4  The earth is weak, and all the inhabiters thereof *
 I bear up the pillars of it.
5  I said unto the fools, Deal not so madly *
 and to the ungodly, Set not up your horn.
6  Set not up your horn on high *
 and speak not with a stiff neck.
7  For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west *
 nor yet from the south.
8  And why? God is the Judge *
 he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
9  For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red *
 it is full mixed, and he poureth out of the same.
10  As for the dregs thereof *
 all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them, and suck them out.
11  But I will talk of the God of Jacob *
 and praise him for ever.
12  All the horns of the ungodly also will I break *
 and the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 76 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/r9ym7fd)

1  In Jewry is God known *
 his Name is great in Israel.
2  At Salem is his tabernacle *
 and his dwelling in Sion.
3  There brake he the arrows of the bow *
 the shield, the sword, and the battle.
4  Thou art of more honour and might *
 than the hills of the robbers.
5  The proud are robbed, they have slept their sleep *
 and all the men whose hands were mighty have found nothing.
6  At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob *
 both the chariot and horse are fallen.
7  Thou, even thou art to be feared *
 and who may stand in thy sight when thou art angry?
8  Thou didst cause thy judgement to be heard from heaven *
 the earth trembled, and was still,
9  When God arose to judgement *
 and to help all the meek upon earth.
10  The fierceness of man shall turn to thy praise *
 and the fierceness of them shalt thou refrain.
11  Promise unto the Lord your God, and keep it, all ye that are round about him *
 bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
12  He shall refrain the spirit of princes *
 and is wonderful among the kings of the earth.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Psalm 77 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/vmyxazc)

1  I will cry unto God with my voice *
 even unto God will I cry with my voice, and he shall hearken unto me.
2  In the time of my trouble I sought the Lord *
 my sore ran, and ceased not in the night-season; my soul refused comfort.
3  When I am in heaviness, I will think upon God *
 when my heart is vexed, I will complain.
4  Thou holdest mine eyes waking *
 I am so feeble, that I cannot speak.
5  I have considered the days of old *
 and the years that are past.
6  I call to remembrance my song *
 and in the night I commune with mine own heart, and search out my spirits.
7  Will the Lord absent himself for ever *
 and will he be no more intreated?
8  Is his mercy clean gone for ever *
 and is his promise come utterly to an end for evermore?
9  Hath God forgotten to be gracious *
 and will he shut up his loving-kindness in displeasure?
10  And I said, It is mine own infirmity *
 but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most Highest.
11  I will remember the works of the Lord *
 and call to mind thy wonders of old time.
12  I will think also of all thy works *
 and my talking shall be of thy doings.
13  Thy way, O God, is holy *
 who is so great a God as our God?
14  Thou art the God that doeth wonders *
 and hast declared thy power among the people.
15  Thou hast mightily delivered thy people *
 even the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
16  The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and were afraid *
 the depths also were troubled.
17  The clouds poured out water, the air thundered *
 and thine arrows went abroad.
18  The voice of thy thunder was heard round about *
 the lightnings shone upon the ground; the earth was moved, and shook withal.
19  Thy way is in the sea, and thy paths in the great waters *
 and thy footsteps are not known.
20  Thou leddest thy people like sheep *
 by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost,*
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

PRAYER

Prepare our hearts, O God, to accept your Word.
Silence in us any voice but your own,
that, hearing, we may also obey your will;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD

Reading: Joshua 1:1-9

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord spoke to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying, ‘My servant Moses is dead. Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the Israelites. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given to you, as I promised to Moses. From the wilderness and the Lebanon as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, to the Great Sea in the west shall be your territory. No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’

HYMN (Ebenezer: https://tinyurl.com/qut2zwl)

1. Singing songs of expectation,
onward goes the pilgrim band,
through the night of doubt and sorrow
marching to the promised land.

2. Clear before us through the darkness
gleams and burns the guiding light,
as we strengthen one another,
stepping fearless through the night.

3. One the light of God’s own presence
on his ransomed people shed,
chasing far the gloom and terror,
brightening all the path we tread.

4. One the object of our journey,
one the faith which never tires,
one the eager looking forward,
one the hope our God inspires.

5. One the song that lips of thousands
lift as from the heart of one;
one the conflict, one the peril,
one the march in God begun.

6. One the gladness of rejoicing
on the far eternal shore,
where the one almighty Father
reigns in love for evermore.

7. Soon shall come the great awaking,
soon the bursting from the tomb;
then the scattering of all shadows,
and the end of tears and gloom.

8. Courage, therefore, Christian pilgrims,
with the cross before your eyes,
bear its shame, and fight its battle-
die with Christ, with Christ arise!

Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

THE CANTICLE (Chant: https://tinyurl.com/u2po7pd)

In thy kingdom remember us, O Lord, when thou comest in thy kingdom.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men shall revile and persecute you,
and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake.
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven!

PRAYER

God the Father,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Most merciful God, we come to you in this time of anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the outbreak of COVID-19. As the sorrows of our heart and mind increase, we beseech you to save us from all trouble and fear. Cast away all works of darkness. Be our rock, a castle to keep us safe.
For the Lord is our stronghold and sure defense, and he will be our Savior.

For all who have died: receive them into the arms of your mercy, grant them eternal peace, and surround those who mourn with your healing grace. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those directly infected with the virus: help them recover in good health and restore them in body, mind and spirit. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those at high risk of infection, especially the elderly, those with underlying illnesses, the marginalized, and the poor: keep them healthy and free from all sickness. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those in quarantine, the shut-in, and the infirmed: help them find peace, keep them in good health, and renew their mind and spirit.
Lord, hear our prayer.

For all hospitals, doctors, nurses, and staff: protect them as they minister to the sick, relieve all stress, and provide the resources and space to meet the needs of all the infirmed. Lord, hear our prayer.

For first responders: guard them from all harm, and grant them strength and courage as they respond to all calls for help. Lord, hear our prayer.

For service industry workers and those forced to work as their community shuts down: keep them healthy, bestow the resources to best care for themselves and their families, and assure them in times of financial and medical anxiety. Lord, hear our prayer.

For those experiencing financial loss and uncertainty of resources: have mercy on them, alleviate any fear, and provide for them daily bread and wage. Lord, hear our prayer.

For the leaders of this nation and the world: help them make sound and safe decisions to best secure the future of our planet. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all schools, students, teachers, administrators and school staff: as schools remain open, keep them healthy and in good spirit to learn; as schools close, feed those who will go hungry without guaranteed meals and shelter all students have no place to live. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all scientists and those working to find a cure: inspire them towards your truth, and help them discover and disseminate a vaccine and cure. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all media and journalists: protect them from all harm in their reporting, and move them to be a vector of truth and certainty, and never fear or panic. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all places of worship: embolden them to be beacons of hope and love, and help us to gather however and wherever we can – be it in person or online – to give you praise. Lord, hear our prayer.

For the leaders of our church: help them minister to their flock; fortify them to be faithful pastors, to persevere in prayer, and to build up the family of God in new and creative ways. Lord, hear our prayer.

For the young: spare them from harm and fear, and keep them a joyful sign of your love and light. Lord, hear our prayer.

For all parents: build in them strength and fortitude for the time ahead, and give them the words and witness to be wise counselors and compassionate caregivers. Lord, hear our prayer.

For calm amidst the storm: as the waves toss our boat and we wonder “do you not care?”, remind us to not be afraid, that with you all things are possible, and that even the wind and sea obey you. Lord, hear our prayer.

Stir up in us a spirit of compassion and tenacity for the time ahead. Amen.

Move us to check-in with loved ones at high risk of infection and those in quarantine. Amen.

Ease our fear and anxiety, that we may share our resources rather than hoard them, and extend a helping hand to those in need. Amen.

Inspire us to share the Good News of your love and hope. Amen.

All this we ask through your son Jesus Christ our Lord: healer of the sick, ruler of the tempestuous sea, and Savior of the world. Amen.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your Name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those
who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

Eternal God,
your kingdom has broken into our troubled world
through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son.
Help us to hear your Word and obey it,
that we may become instruments of your saving love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine: Glory to him from generation to generation in the Church, and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen. 

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

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