Notable Feast Days this Week:

March 27 - John of Damascus, 749
March 28 - Priscus, Malchus, and Alexander, 260
March 30 - Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth (Eastern)
March 30 - Joad the Prophet, 1 Kings 13:11 (Eastern)
March 30 - John Climacus, Sinai, 649
March 30 - Osburga, Coventry, 1016
    April 1 - Macarius the Confessor, 830
    April 2 - Mary of Egypt, Penitent, 430 (Roman Catholic)

Revised Common Lectionary

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

Daily Readings (RCL)
Liturgical Color - Purple

------ The Fifth Sunday in Lent ------ April 2, 2017 (Year A)

The Giver of Life

"God is all powerful, bringing life from death (Ezekiel 37:1-14), just as his Son, Jesus, has the power over life and death (John 11:1-45). We wait patiently for him to help us in the midst of our troubles, knowing that hi love for us is unwavering (Psalm 130); we submit to God, setting our minds on spiritual things, rather than the things of the flesh, and letting Christ dwell in us (Romans 8:6-11). Jesus is the giver of life and has the power over life and death (John 11:1-45)."
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings

"Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.

 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord,
who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
 I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

 Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. He himself will redeem Israel from all their sins."

Ezekiel 37:1-14
The Valley of Dry Bones

Romans 8:6-11
The Holy Spirt gives life

John 11:1-45
Lazarus is raised from the dead

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year

A Prayer for the Fifth Sunday in Lent:
God of all consolation and compassion,
your Son comforted the grieving sisters, Martha and Mary;
your breath alone brings life
to dry bones and weary souls.
Pour out your Spirit upon us,
that we may face despair and death
with the hope of resurrection
and faith in the One
who called Lazarus forth from the grave. Amen.
- from the Vanderbilt Divinity Library
Scripture Study:
Links for Lent:
Practicing Prayer
"Almighty God, you alone can bring into order the unruly wills and affections of sinners: Grant your people grace to love what you command and desire what you promise; that, among the swift and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen." 
-The Book of Common Prayer
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Audio Prayer Meditation - Pray As You Go
Psalm 130 Spotify Playlist
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Singing Psalms and Hymns
From the Depths of Woe (Psalm 130)| Words by Martin Luther and Music by Christopher Miner| Leadsheets

Psalm 130 Anglican Chant (De Profundis)| Music by Henry Walford Davies| Leadsheet  

Psalm 130 (Out of the Depths I Call to You) | Music by Karl Digerness and words by Karl Digerness (2015), adapted from Out of the Deep I Call, by Henry W. Baker (1868)|Leadsheet appears in Psalms for All Seasons

Sleeper Awake (Ephesians 5) | Music by Brett Crull | Leadsheets

Out of the Depths I Cry (Psalm 130) | Metrical Psalm - Tune by Charles Purday, 1860 | Leadsheet

I Know That My Redeemer Lives | Words by Samuel Medley (1775) Music by Redeemer Knoxville | Leadsheet

Out of the Deep | Choral piece by Thomas Morley (1557-1603) | SATB Sheet Music

Psalm 130 Metrical Options

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Resources for Pointed Chant 

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Read about "Singing the Psalms: A Guide for Modern Worship" by Ashley Danyew
Commentary on John 11:1-45
"Spirit groans, so that flesh would come back to life. Life groans, so that death would be put to flight. God groans, so that humanity would rise. Pardon groans, lest the verdict be unfavorable. Christ groans as he subdues death, because one who snatches an unparalleled victory over an enemy cannot but groan. But with regard to the fact that he said that he “groaned again,” he does groan again in order to provide evidence of a twofold resurrection, since at Christ’s voice just as those dead in body are raised to life from their graves, so too those dead in faithfulness rise to a life of faith."

-Peter Chrysologus

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