Notable Feast Days this Week:

March 22 - Basil of Ancyra, 362
March 23 - Victorian and Co, Carthage, 484
March 24 - Gabriel the Archangel
March 25 - The Annunciation of Our Lord
March 25 - Dismas "The Good Thief" (Roman Catholic)
March 26 - Braulio, Saragossa, 651
March 27 - John of Damascus, 749
March 28 - Herodion, Rom. 16:11 (Eastern)
March 29 - Mark B & Cyril, Lebanon, 365

Revised Common Lectionary

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

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Purple

--------- Fifth Sunday in Lent --------- March 29, 2020

God Gives Life

God can make dead bones live (Ezekiel 37:1-14). We call out to him in the depths of suffering and wait patiently for his promises to be fulfilled (Psalm 130). Spiritual life and physical resurrection await those who are in Christ, so set your mind on the Spirit and refuse to live in hostility towards God (Romans 8:6-11). Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has power over life and death. He cares for his friends and defies their expectations, proving that he is Lord and Savior (John 11:1-45).  

Psalm 130
Scripture Readings

"Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice...I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits...put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption..."

Commentary on Psalm 130
AugustineBenedict XVI
John CalvinCharles Spurgeon

Psalm 130Ezekiel 37,
Romans 8, John 11

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 130

Ezekiel 37:1-14
The valley of dry bones

Romans 8:6-11
The Holy Spirit gives life

John 11:1-45
Lazarus is raised from the dead
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
"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
Art Scripture  Annunciation of Our Lord (March 25)
  • March 25th marks nine months from the celebration of Christ's birth on December 25th. For hundreds of years, many within the Western church observed March 25 as "New Year's Day," marking time by the advent of the Incarnation into the womb of Mary. The significance of this event within the context of salvation history is worthy of meditation.
  • Quotes from C.S. Lewis & Martin Luther on the Annunciation.
  • Prayer for the Annunciation from The Book of Common Prayer
  • Scripture Readings for the Annunciation
Prayers for The Fifth Sunday in Lent
"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." -from The Book of Common Prayer

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
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Fifth Sunday in Lent from 

Hymns related to Psalm 130 from

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select

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

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

From the Depths of Woe (Psalm 130) | Words by Martin Luther and Music by Christopher Miner| Leadsheets

We Are Not Overcome (from Lamentations 3) | by Robert Heiskell | Leadsheet 

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

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

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

Psalm 130 Pointed Chant | Chart How to Sing Pointed Chant

Psalm 130 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet

Psalm 130 | Metrical Options 
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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