By John Ridgway Walker
Scripture: Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-10; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
Topics: flood; covenant; promise; testament
Composer John Ridgway Walker is engaged in a project to provide music for singing the Scriptures of the lectionary. This set is for the First Sunday in Lent Year B, but can also be used on other appropriate Sundays. Notice that all five songs in this set are interconnected and that the congregational refrain "These are the signs that the Kingdom is near" appears in the last three songs (Promise, Psalm, Testament).
You are invited to view additional Walker compositions at www.forestrefugemusicstudio.com/singing_the_scriptures. For much of Walker's music, as the composer writes, "there is a conversational aspect to the whole set which may involve a contemporary worship group, a traditional choir, a 'cantor/liturgist/soloist,' and the congregation. It is this participatory conversation which is at the heart of this 'Singing the Scriptures' approach. My hope is that this will be an effective way to undergird the linkage between the selected lectionary scripture and will bring the homily focus to the lips of the people in a way that keeps them singing the sermon all week!"