Choral Introits and Calls to Worship for Lent and Holy Week
There are a number of introits and calls to worship for Lent on the Discipleship Ministries worship website:
Here also are a few suggestions from The Faith We Sing:
- 2083, "My Song Is Love Unknown"
These five stanzas are especially suited for Lent, and some of them for Palm Sunday and Holy Week. The RHOSYMEDRE tune is a beautiful one, and one of my favorites. Don't sing it at congregational hymn tempo — let the choir be more expressive with it.
- 2089, "Wild and Lone the Prophet's Voice"
With text by Carl Daw, executive director of The Hymn Society
- 2100, "Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne," stanza 4
This hymn is really a Christmas hymn, but stanza 4 is especially appropriate for Lent and Holy Week.
- 2105, "Jesus, Tempted in the Desert," esp. stanza 4
An excellent unison introit. Don't miss the three wonderful examples of alliteration in the second half of stanza 2. Great text writing.
- 2106, "When Jesus Wept"
Early American composer William Billing's well-known canon
- 2108, "O How He Loves You and Me"
By Kurt Kaiser
- 2112, "Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley"
- 2113, "Lamb of God"
By Twila Paris, more contemporary
- 2129, "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"
- 2157, "Come and Fill Our Hearts With Your Peace"
From the Taiz Community. You might even try the Latin.
- 2158, "Just a Closer Walk With Thee"
In addition, there are many short songs and choruses that would be especially appropriate during Lent, certainly for introits and call to worship, but also as responses for prayer:
- 2152, "Change My Heart, O God"
- 2159, "Jesus, Draw Me Close"
- 2160, "Into My Heart"
- 2161, "To Know You More"
- 2162, "Grace Alone"
- 2163, "He Who Began a Good Work in You"
"God" may be substituted for "He" throughout.
- 2164, "Sanctuary"