Notable Feast Days this Week:

March 16 - Julian of Antioch, 302
March 17 - Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, 460
March 17 - Gertrude, Nivelles, 659
March 18 - Cyril of Jerusalem, 386
March 19 - Joseph, Husband of Mary (Western)
March 20 - Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, 687
March 20 - Martyrs of Mar Saba, 796
March 20 - Wulfram, Netherlands, 703
March 21 - Benedict of Nursia, 547 (Traditional)
March 21 - Enda, Ireland, c.530
March 22 - Basil of Ancyra, 362

Revised Common Lectionary

1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

Daily Readings (RCL)
Abbreviated Daily Readings

Liturgical Color - Purple

-------- Fourth Sunday in Lent -------- March 22, 2020

Light Dispels Darkness

"God looks at our hearts, not our outward appearances, as he showed when choosing David as king, prefiguring Christ (1 Samuel 16:1-13). Like David, we trust God; we have confidence in his protection even when we are in the midst of great difficulty (Psalm 23). The light of Christ's grace and forgiveness dispels the darkness of sin (Ephesians 5:8-14) -- he is the light of the world (John 9:1-41)."       - Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

Scripture Readings
Psalm 23

"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing...Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me..."

Commentary on Psalm 23
Benedict XVIJohn Calvin
Martin LutherCharles Spurgeon

Psalm 231 Samuel 16,
Ephesians 5, John 9

Spotify Playlist
Psalm 23

1 Samuel 16:1-13
David is chosen and anointed

Ephesians 5:8-14
Live as children of light

John 9:1-41
The man born blind
Daily Readings
Revised Common Lectionary

Daily Readings
Book of Common Prayer

Bible in a Year
Lectionary Resources
"And he brought forth the light from the dust, just as he had done in the beginning, when there was a shadow of the heavens. “Darkness was spread out over everything.” He gave a command to the light, and it was born from the darkness. Thus also here, he formed clay from his saliva, and he supplied was what lacking in creation, which was from the beginning, to show that what was lacking in nature was being supplied by his hand." - Ephrem the Syrian

"I am like the sick sheep that strays from the rest of the flock. Unless the Good Shepherd takes me on His shoulders and carries me back to His fold, my steps will falter, and in the very effort of rising, my feet will give way." - Jerome

Poetry St.Patrick's Day (March 17) Art Scripture 
Prayers for The Fourth Sunday in Lent
"Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which gives life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen." -from The Book of Common Prayer

"Shepherd God, you caused your Spirit to come mightily upon David. You promised your children your comforting presence and direction. You sent Jesus as the light of the world to remove the scales from our eyes. We behold your grandeur and offer the praise due your name."
-James Kirk, When We Gather: A Book of Prayers for Worship
Singing Psalms and Hymns
Hymn Suggestions for the Fourth Sunday in Lent from 

Hymns related to Psalm 23 from

CCLI Contemporary Liturgy Song Select

The King of Love My Shepherd Is | Words by Henry Baker (1868) | Leadsheet 

Shepherd Me O God (Psalm 23) | by Marty Haugen | Leadsheet 

The Good Shepherd | Fernando Ortega | Leadsheet

Jesus, Lover of My Soul | Charles Wesley | Leadsheet

Psalm 23:1-2 (Verses Project) | Zach Winters 

Psalm 23:5-6 (Verses Project) | Dave Wilton 

Twenty Three | Aaron Strumpel | Leadsheet

Psalm 23 | Luke Morton | Leadsheet

Free Psalm 23 Choral Scores

Psalm 23 | Metrical Options 

Psalm 23 Pointed Chant | Chart How to Sing Pointed Chant

Psalm 23 Refrain | from The Emergent Psalter Leadsheet
Music for Listening
Thematic Art 
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