Oremus for Thursday, April 23, 2020

Fishermen on the Sea of Tiberias, antique photo postcard

Antiphon (Music: https://tinyurl.com/y8nl9vdk)

I will recount all your wonders,
I will rejoice in you and be glad,
and sing psalms to your name, O Most High. Psalm 9:2-3

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: John L. Bell and Graham A. Maule © WGRG
Tune: Kelvingrove (https://tinyurl.com/ybxqvhkk)

1 Will you come and follow me 
If I but call your name?
Will you go where you don’t know
And never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
Will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown 
In you and you in me?

2 Will you leave yourself behind 
If I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind 
And never be the same?
Will you risk the hostile stare
Should your life attract or scare?
Will you let me answer prayer 
In you and you in me?

3 Will you let the blinded see 
If I but call your name?
Will you set the pris’ners free 
And never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean,
And do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean 
In you and you in me?

4 Will you love the ‘you’ you hide 
If I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside 
And never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found
To reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound 
In you and you in me?

5 Lord, your summons echoes true 
When you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you 
And never be the same.
In your company I’ll go
Where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow 
In you and you in me.

PSALMS

Psalm 114 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/tbxne5c)

1  God standeth in the congregation of princes *
 he is1  When Israel came out of Egypt *
 and the house of Jacob from among the strange people,
2  Judah was his sanctuary *
 and Israel his dominion.
3  The sea saw that, and fled *
 Jordan was driven back.
4  The mountains skipped like rams *
 and the little hills like young sheep.
5  What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest *
 and thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
6  Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams *
 and ye little hills, like young sheep?
7  Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord *
 at the presence of the God of Jacob;
8  Who turned the hard rock into a standing water *
 and the flint-stone into a springing well.
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 115 (Anglican Chant: https://tinyurl.com/yaw43w93)

1  Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name give the praise *
 for thy loving mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
2  Wherefore shall the heathen say *
 Where is now their God?
3  As for our God, he is in heaven *
 he hath done whatsoever pleased him.
4  Their idols are silver and gold *
 even the work of men’s hands.
5  They have mouths, and speak not *
 eyes have they, and see not.
6  They have ears, and hear not *
 noses have they, and smell not.
7  They have hands, and handle not; feet have they, and walk not *
 neither speak they through their throat.
8  They that make them are like unto them *
 and so are all such as put their trust in them.
9  But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the Lord *
 he is their succour and defence.
10  Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the Lord *
 he is their helper and defender.
11  Ye that fear the Lord, put your trust in the Lord *
 he is their helper and defender.
12  The Lord hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us *
 even he shall bless the house of Israel, he shall bless the house of Aaron.
13  He shall bless them that fear the Lord *
 both small and great.
14  The Lord shall increase you more and more *
 you and your children.
15  Ye are the blessed of the Lord *
 who made heaven and earth.
16  All the whole heavens are the Lord’s *
 the earth hath he given to the children of men.
17  The dead praise not thee, O Lord *
 neither all they that go down into silence.
18  But we will praise the Lord *
 from this time forth for evermore. Praise the Lord.
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 Book of Common Worship

Mighty God,
by your power you led your people out of slavery in Egypt,
and raised the dead Christ to life.
Deliver us continually by your power
from slavery to freedom
and from death to life,
for the glory of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

THE WORD OF GOD

Reading: Isaiah 41:13-20

For I, the Lord your God,
   hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, ‘Do not fear,
   I will help you.’

Do not fear, you worm Jacob,
   you insect Israel!
I will help you, says the Lord;
   your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Now, I will make of you a threshing-sledge,
   sharp, new, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
   and you shall make the hills like chaff.
You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away,
   and the tempest shall scatter them.
Then you shall rejoice in the Lord;
   in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.

When the poor and needy seek water,
   and there is none,
   and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them,
   I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the bare heights,
   and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
   and the dry land springs of water.
I will put in the wilderness the cedar,
   the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive;
I will set in the desert the cypress,
   the plane and the pine together,
so that all may see and know,
   all may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
   the Holy One of Israel has created it.

HYMN: Doris Akers ©
Tune: https://tinyurl.com/ydakwffk

Refrain:
Lead me, guide me, along the way,
for if you lead me, I cannot stray.
Lord, let me walk each day with you,
lead me my whole life through.

1 I am weak and I need your strength and power
to endure with grace my weakest hour.
Help me through the darkness your face to see.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me. [Refrain]

2 Help me walk to the paths of righteousness;
be my aid when Satan and sin oppress.
I am trusting you whate’er may be.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me. [Refrain]

3 I am lost if you take your hand from me,
I am blind without your light to see.
Lord, forever may I your servant be.
Lead me, O Lord, lead me. [Refrain]

Reading: 1 Peter 2:11-25

Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the flesh that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honourably among the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your honourable deeds and glorify God when he comes to judge.

For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honour everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honour the emperor.

Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. For it is to your credit if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, where is the credit in that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
‘He committed no sin,
   and no deceit was found in his mouth.’
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

HYMN: Isaac Watts
Tune: Beatitudo https://tinyurl.com/ya5mpolz

1 Give us the wings of faith to rise
within the veil, and see
the saints above, how great their joys,
how bright their glories be.

2 Once they were mourning here below,
their couch was wet with tears;
they wrestled hard, as we do now,
with sins and doubts and fears.

3 We ask them whence their victory came:
they, with united breath,
ascribe their conquest to the Lamb,
their triumph to his death.

4 They marked the footsteps that he trod,
his zeal inspired their breast,
and, following their incarnate God,
possess the promised rest.

5 Our glorious Leader claims our praise
for his own pattern given;
while the long cloud of witnesses
show the same path to heaven.

Reading: Matthew 4:18-25

As Jesus walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people. So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them. And great crowds followed him from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.

CANTICLE
(Setting: Peter La Grand https://tinyurl.com/wvxnqrj)

You alone are holy
You alone are holy
Great and marvelous are your deeds
For you alone are holy

Who will not fear you O Lord?
And bring glory to your name
Just and true are you ways
King of the ages

All nations will come and worship you
For you alone are holy

All your righteous ways have been seen
For you alone are holy Revelation 15:3-4

THE PRAYERS © 2019 Joe Milner, St Louis University

For the Church: that we may have the freedom to leave everything and follow Jesus’ call to serve of the reign of God.

For openness to the Word of God: that we may allow God’s Word to enter our hearts, bring us to a deeper relationship with Christ, and inspire us to live more fully for Christ each day.

For all ministers of the Word of God, particularly those who preach or proclaim the Word of God in the world: that the words of scripture may find a home in their hearts and that they may announce the Word with boldness and conviction.

For a spirit of hope: that all who find themselves walking in darkness may be renewed in mind and spirit with a vision and promise of life and wholeness.

For healing in Christian communities: that those who are experiencing struggles and rivalries may allow the Spirit to touch their hearts and transform their minds so that the Body of Christ may be one in serving and praising God.

For all who help others find Christ, for spiritual directors, catechists, missionaries, and evangelists: that they may share the good news of Jesus in life-giving and healing ways.

For all who are discerning a call to ministry: that God will help them hear the call and recognize the gifts they have that can assist with the needs of human hearts.

For all who are unjustly detained or deprived of freedom: that they may be freed unharmed and return to their communities and loved ones.

For all who feel caught in the darkness of depression or addiction: that the light of God’s love will guide them to freedom and a new beginning.

For all who are suffering from violence or who have become refugees: that God will protect them from harm, guide them to food and shelter, and open the hearts of many to assist them.

For greater stewardship of natural resources: that God will guide us in balancing and harmonizing our activities with resources that God has entrusted to us.

For all who are ill: that the Spirit will ease their suffering, bring encouragement through the care of the Christian community, and restore them to wholeness.

(Camaldolese chant: https://tinyurl.com/rpf242j)

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.]

Lord God, your lovingkindness always goes before us and follows
after us. Summon us into your light, and direct our steps in the
ways of goodness that come through the cross of your Son, Jesus
Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen. Evangelical Lutheran Worship

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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