Notable Feast Days this Week
March 4 - Casimir of Poland, 1484 (Roman Catholic)
March 5 - Kieran, Saighir, 530
March 6 - Tibba, Castor, c.680
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

Revised Common Lectionary

Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16
Romans 10:8b-13
Luke 4:1-13

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings
Liturgical Color - Purple

-------- First Sunday in Lent -------- March 10, 2019 (Year C)
Trust in the Lord and Confess Jesus as Savior
Trust in the Lord and make him your dwelling place (Psalm 99:1-2, 9-16). God provides deliverance and salvation to his people. Therefore, we should offer God the first fruits of our labor to celebrate his provision. (Deuteronomy 26:1-11) All those who confess Jesus as Lord, and call on his name are counted among God's beloved children and will be saved (Romans 10:8b-13). Jesus has done what we could not. He has fully rejected the temptations of the evil one in order to glorify God and secure our salvation (Luke 4:1-13).
Scripture Readings
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent... 

Commentary on Psalm 91
Stan Mast

Psalm 99, Deuteronomy 26
Romans 10, Luke 4
Deuteronomy 26:1-11
Saved from Egypt

Romans 10:8b-13
You will be saved

Luke 4:1-13
The temptation of Jesus

Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
The Season of Lent

The tradition of Lent can be traced back to the 2nd century. During this season, new Christians would prepare for baptism through fasting and study. By the year 325 AD, the time of preparation had been extended to 40 days and entire congregations practiced Lenten disciplines as a sign of Christian discipleship. Church consensus determined that the Lenten period of renewal should correspond to Christ’s forty-day fast. These Christians counted forty days back from Easter (excluding Sundays), to determine the time frame of the Lenten journey.

There is a “bright sadness” to the Lenten journey - a distinct awareness, begun with ashes, that we are frail. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday with an honest look at ourselves and the world. We are called to embrace humility and repentance instead of hubris and pride. Ashes remind us of our mortality and need of forgiveness.

We are on a journey toward Easter. What begins with ashes ends with resurrection.

Ash Wednesday (March 6)

Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
Return to God

Isaiah 58:1-12
fast that God chooses

Psalm 51:1-17
A cry for mercy and forgiveness

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
Now is the day of salvation

Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21
Practicing our faith
A Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. -The Book of Common Prayer

A Prayer for the Lenten Journey

God of wilderness and water, your Son was baptized and tempted as we are. Guide us through this season, that we may not avoid struggle, but open ourselves to blessing, through the cleansing depths of repentance and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.

Resources for Ash Wednesday and Lent
Practicing Prayer
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.  -The Book of Common Prayer
Contemplative Prayer (View and Download)
Morning Prayer (View and Download)
Resources for Daily Prayer
Psalm Spotify Playlist
Singing Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs
Hymn suggestions for The First Sunday of Lent (Year C) from 

Hymn suggestions for Ash Wednesday (Year C) from 

Hymns related to Psalm 91 from

Buy Digital Songbook for Liturgical Folk Lent Album

Phos Hilaron by Thomas Tallis, arranged by Church of the ApostlesChord 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 

The Apostles' Creed | Beach Spring Melody, Sacred Harp, 1844 | Leadsheet | Guitar Capo Leadsheet

You Are My Refuge (Psalm 91) | by Paul van der Bijl | Leadsheet 

Psalm 91 (My Refuge) | by Sons of Korah | Guitar Chords

Psalm 91 | Metrical Options

Psalm 25 | Genevan Resources 

Psalm 91 Pointed Chant | Chart How to Sing Pointed Chant
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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