Oremus for Saturday, April 18, 2020

Breakfast on the Shore with the Risen Jesus,
Christoffel van Sichem II and III,17c

Easter Troparion (Music: https://tinyurl.com/s4yz524)

Christ is risen from the dead,
trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs, bestowing life.

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

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
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.
Alleluia!

HYMN: Cesáreo Gabarian; trans. Madeleine Forell Marshall
© OCP Publications
Tune: Pescador de Hombres (https://tinyurl.com/yb2pwm5s)

1 Tú has venido a la orilla,
no has buscado ni a sabios ni a ricos;
tan sólo quieres que yo te siga. [Refrain]

Refrain:
Señor, me has mirado a los ojos,
sonriendo has dicho mi nombre,
en la arena he dejado mi barca,
junto a ti buscaré otro mar.

2 Tú sabes bien lo que tengo;
en mi barca no hay oro ni espadas,
tan sólo redes y mi trabajo. [Refrain]

3 Tú necesitas mis manos,
mi cansancio que a otros descanse,
amor que quiera seguir amando. [Refrain]

4 Tú, pescador de otros lagos,
ansia eterna de almas que esperan,
amigo bueno, que así me llamas. [Refrain]

1 You have come down to the lake-shore, 
seeking neither the wise nor the wealthy, 
but only asking for me to follow.

Refrain:
O Lord, you have looked into my eyes; 
kindly smiling, you’ve called out my name.
On the sand I have abandoned my small boat; 
now with you I will seek other seas.

2 You know full well what I have, Lord: 
neither treasure nor weapons for conquest, 
just these my fishnets and will for working. [Refrain]

3 You need my hands, my exhaustion,
working love for the rest of the weary,
a love that’s willing to go on loving. [Refrain]

4 You who have fished other waters,
you, the longing of souls that are yearning:
O loving Friend, you have come to call me. [Refrain]

PSALMS

Psalm 93 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/y7tg5urb)

1  The Lord is King, and hath put on glorious apparel *
 the Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himself with strength.
2  He hath made the round world so sure *
 that it cannot be moved.
3  Ever since the world began hath thy seat been prepared *
 thou art from everlasting.
4  The floods are risen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice *
 the floods lift up their waves.
5  The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly *
 but yet the Lord, who dwelleth on high, is mightier.
6  Thy testimonies, O Lord, are very sure *
 holiness becometh thine house for ever.
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 94 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/y8otscow)

1  O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth *
 thou God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself.
2  Arise, thou Judge of the world *
 and reward the proud after their deserving.
3  Lord, how long shall the ungodly *
 how long shall the ungodly triumph?
4  How long shall all wicked doers speak so disdainfully *
 and make such proud boasting?
5  They smite down thy people, O Lord *
 and trouble thine heritage.
6  They murder the widow, and the stranger *
 and put the fatherless to death.
7  And yet they say, Tush, the Lord shall not see *
 neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.
8  Take heed, ye unwise among the people *
 O ye fools, when will ye understand?
9  He that planted the ear, shall he not hear *
 or he that made the eye, shall he not see?
10  Or he that nurtureth the heathen *
 it is he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he punish?
11  The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man *
 that they are but vain.
12  Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord *
 and teachest him in thy law;
13  That thou mayest give him patience in time of adversity *
 until the pit be digged up for the ungodly.
14  For the Lord will not fail his people *
 neither will he forsake his inheritance;
15  Until righteousness turn again unto judgement *
 all such as are true in heart shall follow it.
16  Who will rise up with me against the wicked *
 or who will take my part against the evil-doers?
17  If the Lord had not helped me *
 it had not failed but my soul had been put to silence.
18  But when I said, My foot hath slipt *
 thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.
19  In the multitude of the sorrows that I had in my heart *
 thy comforts have refreshed my soul.
20  Wilt thou have any thing to do with the stool of wickedness *
 which imagineth mischief as a law?
21  They gather them together against the soul of the righteous *
 and condemn the innocent blood.
22  But the Lord is my refuge *
 and my God is the strength of my confidence.
23  He shall recompense them their wickedness, and destroy them in their own malice *
 yea, the Lord our God shall destroy them.
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

Omnipotent God,
your glory is incomprehensible,
your majesty infinite,
and your power incomparable.
Found us on the certainty of your promises,
that no matter what happens,
we may be firm in faith
and live uprightly in your church,
bought by the blood of Jesus Christ. Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD

Reading: Song of Songs 6:4 – 7:9

I am my beloved’s,
   and his desire is for me.
Come, my beloved,
   let us go forth into the fields,
   and lodge in the villages;
let us go out early to the vineyards,
   and see whether the vines have budded,
whether the grape blossoms have opened
   and the pomegranates are in bloom.
There I will give you my love.
The mandrakes give forth fragrance,
   and over our doors are all choice fruits,
new as well as old,
   which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.

O that you were like a brother to me,
   who nursed at my mother’s breast!
If I met you outside, I would kiss you,
   and no one would despise me.
I would lead you and bring you
   into the house of my mother,
   and into the chamber of the one who bore me.
I would give you spiced wine to drink,
   the juice of my pomegranates.
O that his left hand were under my head,
   and that his right hand embraced me!
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
   do not stir up or awaken love
   until it is ready!

Who is that coming up from the wilderness,
   leaning upon her beloved?

Under the apple tree I awakened you.
There your mother was in labour with you;
   there she who bore you was in labour.

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
   as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death,
   passion fierce as the grave.
Its flashes are flashes of fire,
   a raging flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
   neither can floods drown it.
If one offered for love
   all the wealth of one’s house,
   it would be utterly scorned.

HYMN: Shirley Erena Murray © Hope Publishing Co.
Tune: Rhuddlan https://tinyurl.com/ybt44qul

1 God of freedom, God of justice,
you whose love is strong as death,
you who saw the dark of prison,
you who knew the price of faith —
touch our world of sad oppression
with your Spirit’s healing breath.

2 Rid the earth of torture’s terror,
you whose hands were nailed to wood,
hear the cries of pain and protest,
you who shed the tears and blood —
move in us the power of pity
restless for the common good.

3 Make in us a captive conscience
quick to hear, to act, to plead;
make us truly sisters, brothers
of whatever race or creed —
teach us to be fully human,
open to each other’s need.

Reading: 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:10

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

HYMN: Robert Lowry
Tune: How Can I Keep From Singing https://tinyurl.com/y7mr6cjw

1 My life flows on in endless song
above earth’s lamentation:
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that sings a new creation.

Refrain:
No storm can shake my inmost calm
while to that Rock I’m clinging;
since love is Lord of heaven and earth,
how can I keep from singing?

2 Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear that music ringing;
it finds an echo in my soul;
how can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

3 What though my joys and comforts die?
The Lord my Saviour liveth!
What though the darkness round me close?
Songs in the night he giveth. [Refrain]

4 The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing.
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

Reading: John 21:9-14

When the disciples had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

CANTICLE Revelation 15:3-4
(Music, Naaman Wood: https://tinyurl.com/y8563jjy)

1. Your works oh God are marvelous,
Your ways are just and true.
Almighty is the LORD our God,
The King of every age.
REFRAIN:
For you alone, for you alone, for you alone, for you alone are holy.

2. When all the realms upon the earth
Behold your work complete,
Who will not fear and tremble, Lord
And glorify your name? REFRAIN

3. And every land will come to you
To worship you alone,
Because your acts of righteousness
Have been to all revealed. REFRAIN

THE PRAYERS

Though it may seem to us that evil spreads like a virus,
though it may feel naïve to resist it,
we choose to believe that your spirit’s fruit
can satisfy a world that hungers for healing.

And so:
Wherever hatred and suspicion divide people and fragment communities,
we will pass on love.
Wherever sorrow and cynicism leave the dark stain of despair,
we will pass on joy.
Wherever violence and abuse shatter lives and destroy the earth,
we will pass on peace.
Wherever expediency and the quest for quick fixes create confusion and need,
we will pass on patience.
Wherever heartlessness and selfishness cause loneliness and exclusion,
we will pass on kindness.
Wherever evil and darkness steal away hope and integrity,
we will pass on goodness.
Wherever aggression and coercion remove freedom and playfulness,
we will pass on gentleness.
Wherever self-interest and shallowness undermine relationships and stability,
we will pass on faithfulness.
Wherever lawlessness and carelessness generate chaos and fear,
we will pass on self-control.

Though it may take our best energy
and our most enduring commitment,
We pray for the courage and the faith to answer your call,
to resist whatever devils we may face,
and to pass on your abundant life.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
(John van de Laar: https://tinyurl.com/ybx39oa4)

(Traditional chant: https://tinyurl.com/ydzx5jdp)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

[For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.]

Mighty God,
in whom we know the power of redemption,
you stand among us in the shadows of our time.
As we move through every sorrow and trial of this life,
uphold us with knowledge of the final morning
when, in the glorious presence of your risen Son,
we will share in his resurrection,
redeemed and restored to the fullness of life
and forever freed to be your people. Amen. RCL Prayers

https://tinyurl.com/rkxkpmc
Go in peace, alleluia, alleluia!
Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia!

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.    Ephesians 3:20,21

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