Oremus for Friday, May 15, 2020

The Calling of St. Matthew, Vittore Carpaccio, 1502 

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

Ant. O Lord, if you were to take into account our iniquities,
who would withstand the test?
But forgiveness abides with you, O God of Israel.
V. Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord; *
Lord, hear my voice!
O let your ears be attentive *
to the sound of my pleadings. Psalm 130

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: Elisha A. Hoffman
Tune: https://tinyurl.com/y9ey4q37

1 Shall I come just as I am,
Come with all my guilt and sin?
If I open wide my heart,
Will He enter in?

Refrain:
As you are, just as you are
Come to Jesus, come today;
He will kindly welcome you,
Take your sins away.

2 Shall I come with all my fear,
Lest my sins have been too great?
Shall I break thro’ all my doubts,
To sweet mercy’s gate? [Refrain]

3 Shall I come, tho’ far away
From the loving Shepherd’s fold?
Will He bless me if I firm
To His promise hold? [Refrain]

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,*
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,*
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

God of the ages,
by signs and wonders you established your ancient covenant,
and through the sacrifice of your Son
you confirmed the new covenant yet more wondrously.
Guide your church to the land of promise,
that there we may celebrate your name with lasting praise
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Book of Common Worship

THE WORD OF GOD

Reading: Isaiah 54:11 – 55:4

O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
   I am about to set your stones in antimony,
   and lay your foundations with sapphires.
I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
   your gates of jewels,
   and all your wall of precious stones.
All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
   and great shall be the prosperity of your children.
In righteousness you shall be established;
   you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
   and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
If anyone stirs up strife,
   it is not from me;
whoever stirs up strife with you
   shall fall because of you.
See, it is I who have created the smith
   who blows the fire of coals,
   and produces a weapon fit for its purpose;
I have also created the ravager to destroy.
   No weapon that is fashioned against you shall prosper,
   and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgement.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord
   and their vindication from me, says the Lord.

Ho, everyone who thirsts,
   come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
   come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
   without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
   and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
   and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
   listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
   my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
   a leader and commander for the peoples.

HYMN: Charles Wesley
Tune: Rockingham Old https://tinyurl.com/yb4q2fy5

1 Ho! every one that thirsts, draw nigh;
Tis God invites the fallen race;
Mercy and free salvation buy;
Buy wine, and milk, and gospel grace.

2 Come to the living waters, come!
Sinners, obey your Maker’s call;
Return, ye weary wanderers, home,
And find My grace is free for all.

3 See from the Rock a fountain rise!
For you in healing streams it rolls;
Money ye need not bring, nor price,
Ye laboring, burdened, sin-sick souls.

4 Nothing ye in exchange shall give,
Leave all you have and are behind;
Frankly the gift of God receive,
Pardon and peace in Jesus find.

Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring.

This is evidence of the righteous judgement of God, and is intended to make you worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering. For it is indeed just of God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to the afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, separated from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, when he comes to be glorified by his saints and to be marvelled at on that day among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. To this end we always pray for you, asking that our God will make you worthy of his call and will fulfil by his power every good resolve and work of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

HYMN: Darlene Zschech ©
Tune: https://tinyurl.com/y7ohnmap

My Jesus, my Savior,
Lord, there is none like you;
all of my days
I want to praise the wonders of your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter, 
tower of refuge and strength,
let ev’ry breath, all that I am, 
never cease of worship you.

Refrain:
Shout to the Lord, all the earth, let us sing
power and majesty, praise to the King;
mountains bow down and the seas will roar
at the sound of your name.
I sing for joy at the work of your hands;
forever I’ll love you, forever I’ll stand.
Nothing compares to the promise I have in you.

My Jesus, my Savior,
Lord, there is none like you;
all of my days
I want to praise the wonders of your mighty love.
My comfort, my shelter, 
tower of refuge and strength,
let ev’ry breath, all that I am, 
never cease to worship you.

Reading: Matthew 9:9-13

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ And he got up and followed him. And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax-collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax-collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’

CANTICLE Revelation 19:1-7
(Chant: https://tinyurl.com/y8cbpqzp)

Antiphon Praise God, all you who serve him, both great and small, alleluia.

Alleluia.
Salvation, glory, and power to our God: Alleluia.
his judgments are honest and true. Alleluia, alleluia.

Alleluia.
Sing praise to our God, all you his servants, Alleluia.
all who worship him reverently, great and small. Alleluia, alleluia.

Alleluia.
The Lord our all-powerful God is King; Alleluia.
Let us rejoice, sing praise, and give him glory. Alleluia, alleluia.

Alleluia.
The wedding feast of the Lamb has begun, Alleluia.
and his bride is prepared to welcome him. Alleluia, alleluia.

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

Antiphon Praise God, all you who serve him, both great and small, alleluia.

THE PRAYERS Celebrating God’s Presence, alt.

Creator and Sustainer of all,
we pray for those who have died,
especially as a result of the current pandemic
and our insufficient response to it.
God, hear our prayer.
We pray for their families and friends as well as ourselves,
that we may know the comfort of your love.
God, hear our prayer.
We pray that you will inspire us, as bearers of your love,
to support them in their grief.
We remember also those who mourn,
remembering all who suffer in any way:
May they may know the blessing of your peace.
God, hear our prayer.
Give us patience and faith in this time of loss
that we may come to understand
the wonder of your healing power,
and the mystery of your love.
God, hear our prayer.
Give us a vision of your purpose,
and such assurance of your love and strength,
that we may ever hold fast the hope
which is in the Risen Christ.
God, hear our prayer.

(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.]

Beckoning God,
you promise long journeys and new names.
Call us out to risk holy adventure
with unusual table companions.
Linger with us
so that we may be faithful disciples,
touching the fringe of your healing
on behalf of all your children. 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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