Notable Feast Days this Week:

March 7 - Perpetua, Felicity & Co, 203 AD (Western)
March 7 - Paul the Simple, Egypt, 339
March 8 - Hermes, Romans 16:14 (Eastern)
March 9 - Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, 320 (Eastern)
March 9 - Gregory of Nyssa, 395 (Anglican and Roman)
March 10 - Quadratus & Co, Corinth, 258 AD
March 11 - Angus the Culdee, Ireland, 624
March 12 - Gregory the Great, 604
March 12 - Purim, Esther 9:20-22

Revised Common Lectionary

Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17 

Daily Readings (RCL)

Liturgical Color - Purple

----- The Second Sunday in Lent ----- March 12, 2017 (Year A)

The Spiritual Journey

"Just as Abraham was called by God, so we are called to a spiritual journey (Genesis 12:1-4). Our help comes from the Lord, who made all things and who keeps us in his watchful care (Psalm 121). God's promises to Abraham are also for believers who have faith (Romans 4:1-5, 13-17) and through baptism are made new (John 3:1-17)." -Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

Psalm of the Week
Scripture Readings

"I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

 The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

Genesis 12:1-4a
God promises to bless Abram

Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Abraham received God's promises through faith, we should do the same

John 3:1-17
God loved the world and sent Jesus so we could become children of God

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

The Entire Bible in One Year
The Lenten Journey

The tradition of Lent can be traced back to the second century. During this time, new Christians would prepare for baptism through fasting and study. By the year 325 AD, the time of preparation had been extended to forty days. Entire congregations practiced Lenten disciplines as a sign of Christian discipleship. Soon after, the church determined that the Lenten period of renewal should correspond to Christ’s forty-day fast in the wilderness. These Christians counted forty days back from Easter (excluding Sundays), to determine the time frame of the Lenten journey. This number also calls to mind other significant biblical events, like the forty days Noah and his family spent in the ark and the forty years God’s people wandered in the desert after being rescued from Egypt. Lent reminds us that all of these stories point to Jesus, the fulfillment of salvation history.

Resources for Lent

As theologian Alexander Schmemann has said, there is a “bright sadness” to the Lenten journey - a distinct awareness, begun with ashes, that we are frail. Lent calls us to take an honest look at ourselves and the world around us. We are called to embrace humility and repentance instead of hubris and pride. For we are on a journey toward Easter. What begins with ashes ends with resurrection.

A Prayer for the Second Sunday in Lent:

"O Lord, we ask you mercifully to receive the prayers of your people who call upon you; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfill the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord."
-The Gregorian Sacramentary (6th Century)

Practicing Prayer
"O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen." 
-The Book of Common Prayer
Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Daily Prayer (View and Download)
Morning and Evening Prayer (Church of England)
Audio Prayer Meditation - Pray As You Go
Psalm 121 Spotify Playlist
More Spotify Psalms Playlists...
Singing Psalms and Hymns
I Lift My Eyes Up (Psalm 121) - by Brian Doerksen| Leadsheet 

I Lift Up My Eyes (Psalm 121) - by Derek and Emily Moore | Leadsheet | Chord Chart 

Lord Have Mercy (Only Say the Word) | By Philip Majorins| Leadsheet 

Abide With Me | Words by Henry Lyte and Justin Smith/Music by Justin Smith | Leadsheet

Psalm 121 Metrical Option (Tunes: New Britain, Dundee) 

Hymn Suggestions for The Second Sunday in Lent from 

Resources for Pointed Chant 

Resources for Plainchant

Read about "Singing the Psalms: A Guide for Modern Worship" by Ashley Danyew
Commentary on Matthew 4:1-11

"By this [lifting up of the serpent], he proclaimed the mystery where he declared that he would break the power of the serpent, which occasioned the transgression of Adam. He [would bring] salvation to those who believe on him because of this sign (i.e., his crucifixion)—salvation from the fangs of the serpent, which are wicked deeds,idolatries and other unrighteous acts.… Just as God commanded the sign to be made by the brazen serpent—and yet he is blameless—even so, though a curse lies in the law against persons who are crucified, yet no curse lies on the Christ of God, by whom all that have committed things worthy of a curse are saved."

-Justin Martyr

More Historical Commentary
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Music for Listening (Lent)
Thematic Art 
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