FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT B  Lectionary #23

The covenant between God and the people is made in water: Noah, Jesus, baptism. “The first Sunday of Lent marks the beginning of the annual Lenten observance. In the Mass of this Sunday there should be some distinctive elements which underline this important moment, e.g., the entrance procession with litanies of the saints” (Congregation for Divine Worship, Circular Letter Paschalis solemnitatis [1988], 26).

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems


Music Suggestions

Genesis 9:8-15. The covenant between God and Noah reaches beyond humanity to embrace all living beings.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (24) 25
This individual lament encloses the psalmist’s repentance over personal sins in an evocation of God’s mercy which is “from of old.”

Teach Me Your Path   PSL B-30/SS
Teach Me Your Ways (Artman)  SO 6
Teach Me Your Ways (Haas)  RS 54/GC 35/PCY3 66
Teach Me Your Ways (Hunstiger)   SS
Your Ways, O Lord (Alstott)   BB
Your Ways, O Lord (Carroll/Gelineau)  WOR 788/LPGG 792
Your Ways, O Lord (Guimont)   GC2 901/LPMG 23    
Your Ways, O Lord (Haugen)  RS 53
Your Ways, O Lord (Kreutz)   PMB 581/WS/PRM B18
Your Ways, O Lord (Kreutz/Knarr)  CBW 45
Your Ways, O Lord (Schiavone)   JS 904/LP 35

1 Peter 3:18-22. Some commentators think that 1 Peter contains a baptismal homily or is based on a baptismal instruction. This excerpt unites three images: Christ going down to death (and to the realm of the dead) but coming to life in the Spirit; Noah saved through water; and baptism as an appeal to God “through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Mark 1:12-15. After his baptism by John, Jesus is “driven” by the Spirit to a place of challenge and temptation—to the wilderness where Israel met God during the Exodus. The brief text ends with a summary of Jesus’ preaching: “The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Songs for the Liturgy

A Living Hope (2)   PMB 284/CBW 613
A Prayer for the Elect (Rite of Sending/Election)   SS
Again We Keep This Solemn Fast (G)  WOR 420/WC 531/CBW 352/RS 559/GC 382/GC2 407/JS 394/PMB 233/WS/BB/SS
Before the Fruit Is Ripened by the Sun (G)  WOR 418
Beyond the Days (G)   JS 384/BB
Bread of Life, Hope of the World (G)  CBW 597D/JS 819/MI‑BB/GC 821/GP 498
Change Our Hearts (Ps)  GP 349/GC 394/GC2 414/MI‑BB
Come and Let Us Drink of That New River (2)  WOR 723/RS 902/GC 807
Come to Jesus (2)  LMGM 287
Eternal Lord of Love (2)  GC 385/JS 390/CBW 360/RS 554
*Forty Days and Forty Nights (G)  WOR 419/BB 141/LMGM 42/GC 384/GC2 411/JS 380/PMB 232/WC 526/WS/GP 345/SS
*From Ashes to the Living Font (G) WC 529/RS 561/PMB 236/WS/SS
God Will Take Care of You (C)   LMGM 183
Grant to Us, O Lord (1,Ps)  WC 683/RS 558/CBW 621/PMB 329/WS
Guide My Feet (C)   GC 707/GC2 684
Hold Us in Your Mercy   GC 398/GC2 398/GP 350
Hosea (1,Ps)  WC 680/MI‑BB/GP 471/GC 386/GC2 405/JS 559/PMB 327/WS/SS
I Will Be Your God (1,Ps)   JS 383
I Will Choose Christ (G)    JS 775/GC2 683/GP 459/MI-BB
Jesus, Lead the Way (G)  WOR 611/RS 755/GC 642
Jesus, Tempted in the Desert (G)   RS 548
Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley (G)  WOR 427/WC 540/RS 557/GC 393/GC2 406/JS 387/PMB 242/WS
Journeysong (G) GP 581/JS 759
Keep in Mind (2)  WC 816/MI‑BB/RS 940/GC 674/GC2 658/JS 589/GP 492/PMB 36/WS/SS
Lead Me, Guide Me (Ps,G)  LMGM 168/GC 574/GC2 555/WC 791/RS 712/PMB 397/WS/MI-BB/SS
*Led by the Spirit (G)   BB
*Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days (G)  WOR 417/CBW 367/BB/LMGM 40/GC 392/GC2 416/JS 391/RS 553/GP 348/SS
O Christ, Bright Sun of Justice (Ps,G)   JS 389
O God of Love, O King of Peace, v 2 (Ps)  WOR 652/WC 872/RS 833/CBW 681/PMB 457
On Eagle’s Wings (C)   GP 598/GC 850/GC2 593/MI-BB/JS 704/WC 864/RS 740/PMB 453/WS/SS
Only This I Want (Ps,G)  GC 695/GC2 701/GP 547/CBW 516/JS 766/MI‑BB
*Out into the Wilderness (G)   BB
Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness (2,G)  CBW 582
*Servant Song -- Fisher (Ps)  GC 683
Thanks Be to God (1)  WOR 526
The Cross of Jesus (2)   GC2 396/SS
The Glory of These Forty Days (G)  WOR 422/BB/LMGM 32/GC 388/GC2 397/JS 379/WC 541/RS 545/GP 343/PMB 237/WS/SS
*These Forty Days of Lent (G) PMB 240/WC 533/WS
*This Is the Time (G)  RS 556/SS
This Season Calls Us (Ps,G)   JS 382
*Those Who Love Me (E)   PSL B-29/SS
*Though the Mountains May Fall, v 4 (1)  GP 605/GC 602/GC2 595/JS 715/MI‑BB
Through the Mystery of Death (2) GP 451
Tree of Life (G)  GC 397/GC2 401/CBW 373/RS 541/SS
Turn My Heart, O God (Ps,G)   GC2 561
Turn Our Hearts (Ps,G)   BB
Turn to the Living God (Ps)   GC2 408
Wade in the Water (2)  LMGM 107/GC 812/GC2 793/JS 544/MI‑BB/GP 456
Water and Spirit (2) WC 760
We Have No Glory (2)  JS 671
When from Bondage (2,G)   SS
*When They Call in Tribulation (E)   IH 15
*When You Call to the Lord (E)   BFW 61/SS
You Shall Be My People (1)  WC 759

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Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #  
Call to Remembrance (SATB) Farrant, Richard/ Klammer , Ed GIA (G-3051) PS
Call to Remembrance (SATB) Farrant, Richard/ Greyson, Norman Bourne (ES 17) PS
Call to Remembrance (SATB) Farrant, Richard/ Shaw, Martin H.W. Gray (CMR 1751) PS
Call to Remembrance (TTBB) Farrant,Richard/Wolff, S. Drummond Concordia (98-2246) PS
Call to Remembrance (SATB) Farrant, Richard Oxford (TCM60B) PS
Call to Remembrance (SATB) Farrant, Richard / Collins, Walter Hinshaw (HMC-492) PS
Call to Remembrance (SATB, opt. Organ) Battishill, Johathan Leeds (#4) PS
Call to Remembrance (SSAATTBB) Hilton, John Oxford (TCM 97) PS
Give Almes of Thy Goods Tye, C. CPDL G
Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley, LONESOME VALLEY (SATB, a cappella) arr. by Ken Berg Choristers Guild (CGA 979) G
Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley, LONESOME VALLEY arr. by John Ferguson GIA (G-3279) G
Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley, LONESOME VALLEY (SATB, Organ) arr. by John Reager GIA (G-4447) G
Lenten Prayer, A (Unison, Organ, Flute) Powell, Robert J. Choristers Guild (CGA 159) G
Lenten Prayer, A (2-part, Organ/Piano, opt. Flute) White, David Ashley Paraclete Press (PPM09208) 1, 2
Lord Jesus Christ, God's Only Son in “Bach for All Seasons (SATB, Organ/Keyboard) Bach, Johann Sebastian Augsburg (080065854X) G
Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word (2-part mixed, opt solo instrument)
Busarow, Donald Concordia (98-2602) E
Lord, Make Me Know Your Ways (SATB) 
Lord, Make Me Know Thy Ways
Byrd, William/arr. Lovelace, Austin 
Byrd, William
Concordia (98-2935) 
CPDL
2, G
Lord, Who Throughout These Forty Days (SATB) Kosche MSM 50-3047 G
Man Shall Not Live by Bread Alone (SATB, Soprano/Tenor, Bass soli, piano/organ)
Gardner, Don Flammer (A-5061) C
Psalm 25 (SAB, Organ/Keyboard) Haydn, Josef Frederic/Bighley Concordia (98-3019U31) PS
Rainbow Is a Promise, A (2-part/Unison Treble Voices, Piano) Beebe, Hank Hindon Publications (HPC-7086) 1
Show Me Thy Ways (SATB, Guitar, Oboe or Flute) Pelz, Walter L. Augsburg (0800645421) PS
Show Me Your Ways, O Lord (SATB) Schalk, Carl Concordia (98-3207) PS
So Teach Us to Number Our Days (SATB) Hillert, Richard Concordia (98-2998) E
Teach Me, O Lord (SATB, Keyboard) 
Teach Me, O Lord
Attwood, Thomas/arr. Klammer, Edward 
Attwood, Thomas
GIA (G-3045) 
CPDL
PS
Teach Me Your Ways, Lord (SATB or 2 pt)
Teach Me Your Ways, Lord (Unison or SA)
Pote
Rohlig, Harald
Hinshaw HMC 2330
Concordia (98-2358)
PS
Time of Fulfillment, The: A Lenten Gathering Rite (SATB, Organ/Keyboard) Chepponis, James GIA (G-3906) G
Unto Thee, O Lord (SAB, Organ) Ford, Virgil G. Schirmer (11506) PS

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