Lenten Lectionary-Inspired Hymns from 2010

David Gambrell is associate for worship in the Office of Theology and Worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), is an ex officio member of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, and serves as a representative to the Consultation on Common Texts, the group responsible for the Revised Common Lectionary.


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Ash Wednesday

A Hymn for Ash Wednesday
Have Mercy God (Martyrdom)
“Have Mercy, God” is a metrical setting of Psalm 51, the penitential psalm traditionally associated with the liturgy for Ash Wednesday. This hymn might be used as a musical Prayer of Confession throughout the season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday
A Hymn for Ash Wednesday
 Seek Peace With God (Passion Chorale)

 “Seek Peace with God” is a musical paraphrase of the epistle lesson for Ash Wednesday, 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10. Acknowledging the “cost of discipleship,” Paul urges the church to receive the gift of reconciliation with God through the grace of Jesus Christ.
First Sunday in Lent
A Hymn for the First Sunday in Lent

 Jesus Famished Forty Days (Arfon)

“Jesus, Famished Forty Days” recounts the narrative of Christ’s temptation by the devil in Luke 4:1-13. The hymn text also sets the account of Christ’s wilderness trial alongside some of the petitions and themes of the Lord’s Prayer.
Second Sunday in Lent
A Hymn for the Second Sunday in Lent
 Jerusalem Jerusalem (Cheshire)
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem” gives voice to Christ’s tender and poignant lament over the city of Jerusalem in Luke 13:31-35, in which he compares himself to a hen, longing to gather her young into safety.
Third Sunday in Lent
A Hymn for the Third Sunday in Lent

We Thirst For You O God (Leoni)

“We Thirst for You, O God” draws together the water imagery of Isaiah 55:1-9, Psalm 63:1-8, and 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 in a meditation on the deep significance of covenant relationship with God through Christian baptism.

Fourth Sunday in Lent

A Hymn for the Fourth Sunday in Lent

 There Is Now A New Creation (Omni Die)

“There is Now a New Creation,” based on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 and Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32, celebrates God’s gifts of redemption, reconciliation, and renewal. The hymn would be a fitting response to the Declaration of Forgiveness or an invitation to the Lord’s Table.
Fifth Sunday in Lent
A Hymn for the Fifth Sunday in Lent
The Costly Gift (Rockingham)
“The Costly Gift,” inspired by John 12:1-8, demonstrates how Mary’s gracious act of anointing Jesus’ feet with perfume foreshadows Christ’s lavish and costly offering of love on the cross.
Palm/Passion Sunday
A Hymn for Passion / Palm Sunday
You are my Refuge Faithful God (Morning Song)
“You Are My Refuge, Faithful God” is a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 31:1-16, one of the psalms (along with Psalm 22) closely associated with Jesus’ crucifixion. The stanzas of the hymn might be used as musical interludes during the lengthy gospel reading on Passion / Palm Sunday (Luke 23:1-49).



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