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Lent Resources 2021

Photograph of Three Generations of Balm of Gilead Poplar, 1951, from The National Archives Catalog

Lent Lectionary Readings (Year B)

Ash Wednesday (February 17): Joel 2:1-2, 12-17; Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 51:1-17; 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10; Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21

First Sunday in Lent (February 21): Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15

Second Sunday in Lent (February 28): Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22:23-31; Romans 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38; Mark 9:2-9

Third Sunday in Lent (March 7): Exodus 20:1-17; Psalm 19; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22

Fourth Sunday in Lent (March 14): Numbers 21:4-9; Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21

Fifth Sunday in Lent (March 21): Jeremiah 31:31-34; Psalm 51:1-12; Psalm 119:9-16; Hebrews 5:5-10; John 12:20-33

Annunciation of the Lord (March 25): Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 45; Psalm 40:5-10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38

Sixth Sunday of Lent (March 28):

Liturgy of the Palms – Ps. 118:1-2, 19-29; Mark 11:1-11; John 12:12-16

Liturgy of the Passion – Isaiah 50:4-9a; Ps. 31:9-16; Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 14:1-15:47; Mark 15:1-39, 40-47

Poetry

“Ash Wednesday” by T.S. Eliot. Read by the author here.

A Prayer for the Past”by George MacDonald

“Mid-Lent” by Christina Rossetti

Resource Links

Collects for Lent from the Book of Common Worship

Stations of the Cross Online curated by Global Christian Worship

The Stations of the Cross by David O’Connell

Archived Posts for Lent from The Liturgy Letter

Music

Balm” – A Playlist for Lent 2021

The Reproaches” by John Sanders. Sung by Ely Cathedral Choir.

There is a Balm in Gileadsung by Abraham Boyd

Balm in Gilead by The Sunday Service Choir

Photograph of Three Generations of Balm of Gilead

Photograph of Trees Showing 1951 Growth on Laona Ranger District

Balm of Gilead trunk leaves and seeds in Buffalo paddock near Banff, Alberta

Epiphany Resources 2021

Star of Bethlehem Quilt, circa 1835, Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Epiphanytide Sunday Lectionary Readings (Year B)

Epiphany of the Lord (January 6): Isaiah 60:1-6; Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14; Eph. 3:1-12; Matthew 2:1-12

First Sunday after the Epiphany – Baptism of the Lord: Genesis 1:1-5; Psalm 29; Acts 19:1-7; Mark 1:4-11

Second Sunday after the Epiphany: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 11-20; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51

Third Sunday after the Epiphany: Jonah 3:1-5, 10; Psalm 62:5-12;1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20

Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Presentation of the Lord in the Temple: Malachi 3:1-4; Psalm 84; Psalm 24:7-10; Hebrews 2:14-18; Luke 2:22-40

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany: Isaiah 40:21-31; Psalm 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39

Transfiguration Sunday: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Psalm 50:1-6; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9

Poetry

Poems for Epiphanytide by Christina Rossetti

“Jesus’ Baptism” by Malcolm Guite

A Poem for Epiphany” by Kate Compston

Resource Links

Epiphanytide Collects from the Book of Common Prayer

The Showing Forth of Christ by John Donne

Quote For Epiphanytide by J.R.R. Tolkein

Archived Posts for Epiphanytide from The Liturgy Letter

Music

Three Black Kings (Les trois rois noirs) by Duke Ellington. Read more about this piece here.

Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock. Read the lyrics here.

In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti. Music by Gustav Holst.

Nunc dimittis by Caleb Burhans

Journey of the Magi, James Tissot, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Christmas Resources 2020/2021

Nativity. 1974. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://digital.library.illinoisstate.edu/cdm/ref/collection/icca/id/11235. 
(Accessed December 28, 2020.)

Christmas Lectionary Readings (Year B)

First Sunday after Christmas Day: Isaiah 61:10-62:3; Psalm 148; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40

Holy Name of Jesus: Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Philippians 2:5-11; Luke 2:15-21

New Year’s Day: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13; Psalm 8; Rev. 21:1-6a; Matthew 25:31-46

Second Sunday after Christmas Day: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46b-55; Ps. 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Poetry

“Nativity” by John Donne

“Kenosis” by Luci Shaw

Resource Links

Christmas Collects from the Book of Common Prayer

John Donne Christmas Sermon preached at St. Paul’s upon Christmas day, 1626

Pondering Christmas Preaching with Karl Barth by David Guretzki

Music

Sing We Noel by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana

The Coventry Carol (arr. Michael McGlynn) song about The Massacre of the Innocents

“Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jesus” (“Twenty Gazes Upon the Child Jesus”) by Olivier Messiaen. Read about the piece here.

Songs about the Flight to Egypt blog post by Victoria Emily Jones

Advent Resources 2020

Solar Eclipse from Mount Santa Lucia, by Carleton Watkins (American, 1829 – 1916), Getty Center, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Advent Lectionary Readings (Year B)

First Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 64:1-9; Ps. 80:1-7, 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

Second Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 40:1-11; Ps. 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8

Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; Ps. 126; Luke 1:46b-55; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 ; John 1:6-8, 19-28

Fourth Sunday of Advent: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Luke 1:46b-55; Ps. 89:1-4, 19-26; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

Poetry

“Sunday before Advent” by Christina Rossetti

“Advent” by Christina Rossetti

Resource Links

Advent Collects from the Book of Common Prayer

Artful Devotions for Advent from artandtheology.org

Free Download of daily Advent prayers from Teach us to Pray: Scripture-Centered Family Worship through the Year

Liturgy for a Christian New Year’s Eve celebration

Music

Subscribe to the Neumz Digital Advent Calendar

Eschatological Advent Spotify playlist

Traditional and Popular Hymns for Advent

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Christ the King 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Christ the King 2018 (Year B)

“Christ the King Sunday focuses our worship on the cosmic character of Christ’s reign over the world. It is a proclamation to all that everything in creation and culture must submit to Christ and an invitation to actively and joyfully submit to his rule. The day is celebrated widely in some traditions and is normally scheduled on the last Sunday before Advent. It therefore serves as a transitional Sunday leading directly into Advent, the Christmas cycle, and the new Christian year. The day fits well with the eschatological emphasis and anticipation of Christ’s second coming highlighted during Advent. It also helps worshipers, who are already thinking about Christmas, to remember that Christmas is about much more than a baby in a manger—it is about a sovereign Christ who came to be the ‘Prince of Peace.'”

– from The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd Ed.

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Confidence in Our Creator
“Lord, we take refuge in you (Psalm 16), for you listen to our despair (1 Samuel 1:4-20) and know the future (Mark 13:1-8). Therefore, we draw near to you, holding to your promises (Hebrews 10:11-25).”-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fifth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Perfect Sacrifice
“All is vain, unless it is done for the Lord (Psalm 127 and Psalm 146). Even when what we are asked to do seems difficult (Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17), we must be willing to sacrifice everything (Mark 12:38-44) for the One who gave us his only Son as a sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:24-28).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2018

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Serving God
“Praise the Lord! Blessed is the maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 146). Give us the faithfulness of Ruth (Ruth 1:1-18) and the strength to love you with all our hearts (Mark 12:28-34) so we may serve you, the living God (Hebrews 9:11-14).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Third Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

God’s Mercy
“The Lord has delivered me from all my fears (Psalm 34:1-8, 19-22); there is nothing he cannot do (Job 42:1-6, 10-17). His mercy, grace and power (Mark 10:46-52) are shown through his sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 7:23-28).”
-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost 2018

Liturgy Letter Newsletter – Twenty Second Sunday after Pentecost 2018 (Year B)

Humble Yourself
“Praise the Lord, my soul (Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c), for God laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:1-7, 34-41). Help us to serve rather than to strive for greatness (Mark 10:35-45), just as Christ humbled himself as a sacrifice for us (Hebrews 5:1-10).”

-Thomas Oden, Ancient Christian Devotional

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