Friday, March 13, 2020

Lent III updated with music

Liturgical Notes for 3/15

Updated with links to songs sung by Gabrianna and Bruce

Lord, you have probed me,
 you know me:
you know when I sit and stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
Psalm 139 verse 1b - 2

Prelude:        O God, You Search Me #437
Listen and open your heart to God
The words of psalm 139 resonate with me as a father.  God probes me; the way I probe the face of my 17 year old when she returns from school.  God knows me; the way I can detect different tones in the voice of my 21 year old when she calls and tells me about her day at work.  

Kyrie: Sung Kyrie
One of the earliest prayers of the church translated from the Greek as “Lord have mercy.”  We sing the Kyrie during lent to highlight the penitential nature of the season.
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Scripture readings.  
Link to recording of today’s psalm
In today’s readings we hear two stories about life “in between”.

The Isrealites are “in between” drinks of water.  Wandering, wondering and grumbling they incorrectly interpret their dilemma as having been abandoned by God.

The Samaritan woman is “in between” knowing that the Messiah is coming (see John 4:25) and living in harmony with this knowledge.  So mired by broken relationships, she fails to see herself as Jesus sees her.

Are there applications in these readings for us?  As we live “in between” health and freedom and the possibility of illness and quarantine?  Or the ups and downs of the financial markets affecting the security of our future? 

I can hear the rhetorical question of a priest friend:  “Am I talking to the right people?”  

Consider the words of Paul who preaches of Jesus who passed through the “in between” of cross and grave to the divine and eternal “now.”

We boast in hope of the glory of God...we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Romans 5:2b-5

Offertory               Come to the Water #603
Jesus calls each of us to come to the him in the Eucharist. We come as we are; thirsty, poor, wandering, grumbling  i.e. “in between” who we are and who God calls us to be. Listen and reflect on for what you thirst

Communion           Lead Us to the Cross        In Bulletin
Like Jesus, our Lenten journey turns toward the cross.  (More on this next week.). Listen to Lead Us to the Cross

Recessional          Change Our Hearts   #648
The Lenten practice of fasting and acts of penance help us move toward the fullness of conversion - a changed heart.

Chanted entrance antiphon, instrumental procession, sung Kyrie, chanted response to the Prayer of the Faithful and Eucharistic Acclamations
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Blessed to walk this lenten journey once again with you at St. Mary’s,


Next update: 3-17 for St. Patrick’s Day

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A Prayer for the Current Times
Lord Jesus, you came into the world to heal our infirmities and to endure our sufferings. You went about healing all and bringing comfort to those in pain and need. We come before you now in this time of illness asking that you may be the source of our strength in body, courage in spirit and patience in pain. May we join ourselves more closely to you on the cross and in your suffering that through them we may draw our patience and hope. Assist us and restore us to health so that united more closely to your family, the Church, we may give praise and honor to your name.  Amen.

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