This year, this Sunday is the last Sunday before the beginning of Lent. As we sing farewell to “Alleluia” (and to the Gloria), we send our catechumens to the cathedral for the rite of election. A model of service (and one that the Church’s deacons have always embraced) is found in today's Gospel: The friends of the paralyzed man find a way to bring him into contact with Jesus. This model has also been suggested to other orders of the clergy; it is the model for humble service to be embraced by all the baptized.

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Isaiah 43:18-19, 21-22, 24b-25. The "something new" that the prophet celebrates is the return of the people from exile in Babylon. This surprising event is interpreted as an act of forgiveness for the sinfulness which caused the exile in the first place.

Psalm of the Day: Ps 41:2-3, 4-5, 13-14
The psalm begins with a teaching about how God cares for the sick, moves into the prayer of a sick person, and ends with an affirmation that God has cured the sickness.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (40) 41

Heal My Soul    PSL B-114/SS
Lord, Heal My Soul (Alstott)   BB
Lord, Heal My Soul (Carroll/Gelineau) WOR 884/RS 76/LPGG 889
Lord, Heal My Soul (Guimont) GC 50/GC2 922/LPMG 80
Lord, Heal My Soul (Hunstiger)   SS
Lord, Heal My Soul (Kreutz)   PMB 661/PRM B77/WS
Lord, Heal My Soul (Schiavone)   JS 967/LP 111
Lord, Heal My Soul (Somerville) CBW 131

Suggested Common Psalm: Ps (50) 51

Be Merciful, O Lord, for We Have Sinned

2 Corinthians 1:18-22. In response to the community's questioning about some of Paul's teaching (specifically about the return of Christ in glory), Paul calls the community to trust in God. Interpretations of God's plan may be mistaken, but God is always "Yes," and our response to God in Christ should always be "Amen."

Mark 2:1-12. The forgiveness of sin is a divine prerogative. By claiming it, Jesus is claiming divine power. To prove that he has such power, he does a less significant thing—he cures paralysis.

Songs for the Liturgy

All Things New (1,G) GC 427/GC2 450
Amazing Grace (1,Ps,G) WOR 583/GC 612/GC2 586/RS 737/GP 615/LMGM 173, 195/JS 713/PMB 323/WC 685/MI-BB/WS/SS
Amen Siakudumisa (C)   RS 698/GC 536
Come, You Sinners, Poor and Needy (G) WOR 756/RS 954
Eye Has Not Seen (1,PsG)  MI‑BB/RS 758/GC 638/GC2 616/CBW 482/WC 856/WS/SS
God, Whose Almighty Word (1,Ps,G) WOR 486/RS 619/CBW 513
Great God of Mercy (G) WOR 746/CBW 361
Great Is Thy Faithfulness (1) LMGM 242
Hands of Healing (G)   GC2 845/SS
Have Mercy, Lord, on Us (1,Ps,G) WOR 753/WC 677/WS
He Touched Me (G) LMGM 167
Healing River of the Spirit (1,Ps,G)   MI-BB
I Am the Bread of Life -- Toolan, v 5 (C)   WOR 738/MI‑BB/LMGM 133/RS 931/GC 828/GC2 822/WC 633/WS/SS
I Cannot Tell It All (G) GP 390
I Danced in the Morning (2,G) WOR 636/GC 708/GC2 689/RS 809/GP 395/JS 764/PMB 366/WC 725/MI-BB/WS
I Know the Lord=s Laid His Hands on Me (G) LMGM 243
I=m So Glad, Jesus Lifted Me (G) LMGM 171
*In Your Most Steadfast Love (E)   IH 42
Jesus, Heal Us (1,Ps,G) GC 875/GC2 846
Now in This Banquet (G) GC 833/GC2 825/RS 933/CBW 608
O Christ, You Speak the Names of God (G)   JS 668
Ps 103: The Lord Is Kind and Merciful
Remember Your Love (1,Ps,G) GC 881/GC2 851/RS 550/GP 474/JS 561/MI-BB
Remember Your Mercy, Lord (1,Ps,G) GP 476/GC 885/JS 603
Seek the Lord (G) GP 351/RS 540/GC2 395/JS 558/MI-BB
Show Us Your Mercy (1,Ps,G)   JS 563
Sing of the Lord=s Goodness (G) JS 605/GP 690/GC 547/GC2 532/MI-BB
Sing Praise to God (1,Ps,G) WOR 528/GC 539/RS 683/JS 610/PMB 498/WC 928/MI-BB/SS
Sing Praise to God for Friends (G)   HG 29
The Carpenter (2,G) GC 483
There Is a Balm in Gilead (1,Ps,G) LMGM 157/WOR 608/GC 648/GC2 617/RS 764/GP 634/JS 723/PMB 331/WC 688/MI-BB/WS/SS
There=s a Wideness in God=s Mercy (1,Ps,G) WOR 595, 596/GC 626/GC2 603/RS 742/GP 639/JS 748/WC 682/MI-BB/PMB 322/WS/SS
Victory in Jesus (G) LMGM 240
With a Shepherd=s Care (1,Ps,G) GC 654/GC2 628/RS 738
*With All My Heart I Praise You (C)   PSL B-115/SS
Word of God, Come Down on Earth (G)  WOR 513/CBW 429/RS 653/PMB 367/WC 726
You Are the Healing (G)   MI-BB
You Have Looked upon the Lowly (1,Ps,G) CBW 624
You Have Rescued Me (1,G) GP 475
Your Hands, O Lord, in Days of Old (G) WOR 750/RS 949/JS 579/PMB 332/WC 687/WS
*Your Mercy Is My Hope (E)   PSL B-13/SS
Your Mercy Like Rain (1,Ps,G) GC 330


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation


Publisher & edition  #

Almighty and Everlasting God (SATB) Gibbons GIA G-3988 1, PS, G
Amazing Grace Ames GIA G
Amazing Grace (SATB, Organ) Bertalot, John Augsburg (0800649141) also in “The Augsburg Choirbook” -8006568784
Amazing Grace (SATB)
Amazing Grace (SATB)
Selah 420-733
GIA G6384
1. PS, G
Balm in Gilead (SATB, Keyboard) Sheppard, Mark Augsburg (AFP 08006579I8)
Balm in Gilead from “The Spirituals of Harry T. Burleigh, (SATB, Keyboard) Burleigh, Harry, T. Warner (EL 03150)
Come Down, O Love Divine (SATB, Organ) Mathis, William and Livingston, Donald D. Augsburg (AFP 0800659570)
I Will Sing of Thy Great Mercies, O Lord (SAB, Organ/Keyboard) Mendelssohn, Felix/Blaine, G. Gordon Walton Music
I Will Sing of Thy Great Mercies, O Lord (SAB, Organ/Keyboard) Mendelssohn, Felix/Blaine, G. Gordon Walton Music
Living Faith, A (Unison, 2-part, Keyboard) Shepherd, John Choristers Guild (CGA 580)
Lord of Life and King of Glory (2 mixed voices, Organ) Grancini, Michel Angelo/Proulx, Richard GIA (G-2357)
O Christ the Healer, We Have Come (SAB, Organ/Keyboard) Gieseke, Richard W. Concordia (98-2815)
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty Distler Arista P
There Is A Balm (SATB, Solo) Bell, John GIA (G-5170)
There Is A Balm in Gilead (SATB) Dawson, William Kjos (T 105)
There is a Balm Poovey Trinitas G
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy Hampton GIA
There's A Wideness in God's Mercy (SATB, Organ) White, David Ashley Selah (420-243)
When In the Hour of Utmost Need (SATB) Lundquist Oxford “Choral Music Through the Centuries,” p. 88)
Your Hands, O Lord Forest Green (2 Mixed Voices, descant, Organ) arr. by Niedmann, Peter GIA (G-5119)