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18 Feb

First Sunday in Lent, Year B

Upper Room Books for Lent and Easter

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Visit the Upper Room online bookstore for Lent and Easter resources.

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Lent 101

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Lent is a season of the Christian Year where Christians focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God.

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Throughout These Lenten Days and Nights

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Words by James Gertmenian
Music by Jean Strathdee
Although filled with images and symbols of Lent, this hymn continually looks forward to the hope of Easter and Resurrection. Churches with an active CCLI, OneLicense or LicenSing music license may download and use these words. Others must ask permission prior to use from Hope Publishing, who owns the words.

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Handbell Music for Lent and Easter

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Handbell scores for Lent and Easter in Sibelius and pdf.

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Hymn Studies Related to Lent and Easter

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Dean McIntyre offers these hymn studies that are related to Lent and Easter.

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From a Season of Light

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Words: Gennifer Benjamin Brooks, 2007
Music: Dean B. McIntyre, 2014

Originally conceived as a hymn for Watch Night, this text was first published in Zion Still Sings (Abingdon Press, 2007). With a few changes and a new setting by Dean McIntyre, it is suitable on many occasions and seasons of the church year.

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A Cristo Coronad

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English: Crown Him with Many Crowns
Words: Matthew Bridges, estrs. 1-2, 1851; Godfrey Thring, estr. 3, 1874; trad. de E. A. Strange, alt.
Music: George J. Elvey, 1868
Tune: DIADEMATA

Spanish translation of "Crown Him with Many Crowns."

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Christ Jesus Lay In Death’s Strong Bands

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A mostly traditional song from the hymnal in a version just for keyboardists, guitarists, bass guitarists, and others who sing, play, and lead worship using music with chord symbols.

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Christ Jesus Lay in Death’s Strong Bands (Farr)

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United Methodist Hymnal, no. 319
Words: Martin Luther
Music: Stanley M. Farr, 1985
Stanley Farr has composed this new setting of Martin Luther's great Easter hymn for congregational singing.

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O Lamb Of God (Agnus Dei)

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This SATB choral setting of the familiar words of the liturgy for Holy Communion is also suitable for Holy Week and can be used for Soloist, SATB voices and Keyboard.

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Agnus Dei (Farr)

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Music by Stanley M. Farr
Text from Holy Communion
Stanley Farr, composer of the popular "God Claims You" in The Faith We Sing (no. 2249), has composed this setting of the Agnus Dei (O Lamb of God) from the liturgy for Holy Communion. It may be sung by soloist or unison choir with piano accompaniment.

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (Two-Octave Handbell Choir)

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This selection is appropriate for Holy Week services and concerts between Palm Sunday and Easter. It is arranged for two-octave handbell or handchime choirs.

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (Simplified)

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Easy piano hymn with a simple arrangement for Lent/Holy Week and Easter for use with The United Methodist Hymnal.

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Hosanna!  Save, Mighty Lord!

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Ryan D. Neaveill has ingeniously combined a variety of elements into a fine hymn for Palm Sunday. He has combined texts by John Cennick and Reginald Heber to form a hymn that has great appeal.

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Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (Simplified)

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Easy piano hymn with a simple arrangement for Lent/Holy Week and Easter for use with The United Methodist Hymnal.

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Hosanna, Loud Hosanna (Ellacombe)

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A mostly traditional song from the hymnal in a version just for keyboardists, guitarists, bass guitarists, and others who sing, play, and lead worship using music with chord symbols.

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Hosanna! Hosanna! (Maggs)

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Choral anthem by Judith L. Maggs

Judith L. Maggs is Director of Music at St. James United Methodist Church in Niagara Falls, New York. She has provided this Palm Sunday choral work, particularly suited to small choirs, in both SAB and SSA versions.  

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (Lead Sheet)

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A mostly traditional song from the hymnal in a version just for keyboardists, guitarists, bass guitarists, and others who sing, play, and lead worship using music with chord symbols.

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History of Hymns: “O sacred Head, now wounded”

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"O sacred Head, now wounded"
Bernard of Clairvaux
The United Methodist Hymnal, No. 286

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded (Morrison)

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This new setting by Dr. Kenneth Morrison of the familiar hymn is written for SATB choir, organ, harp, piano and synthesizer.

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“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

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Words: attr. Arnulf of Louvain (1200-1251); trans. James Alexander (1804-1859)
Music: Hans Leo Hassler, 1601; harm. J.S. Bach, 1729
"O Sacred Head, Now Wounded" derives from a meditation on the crucified body of Christ, a practice dating from the Middle Ages. It is most often sung at worship services during Holy Week. The melody was originally a secular love song with the words "Confused Are All My Feelings, a Tender Maid's the Cause." Our harmonization is by J. S. Bach's setting in St. Matthew Passion, 1729.

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Mercy on Us, Lord

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Words by Nickolas J. Campbell, 2014
Music: tune, PASS ME NOT, by William H. Doane, 1870
United Methodist pastor and hymn writer Nickolas J. Campbell writes of this hymn: "I took the imagery from a section of John Wesley's prayer for Good Friday. The impression in the prayer is more of a word picture, painting the feelings of the betrayal, arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus, and how we can relate the story of Jesus to our own story."

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le Seigneur en Croix

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English: Were You There
Words: Spiritual
Tune: WERE YOU THERE

French translation of this Spiritual for Holy Week and Good Friday.

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Lord, Let It Be Your Good Pleasure

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United Methodist pastor and hymn writer Nickolas Campbell has written this hymn based on a section from John Wesley's prayers to be used on Fridays. In Wesley's prayers, every Friday remembers Good Friday, so this hymn is also appropriate for a Good Friday service.

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Lord, You Are Enthroned Forever

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This is a new setting of Psalm 102 for SATB choir, piano and cello by Dr. Kenneth Morrison.

The composer writes, "The harmonization places the verses in a minor key and the refrain switches to the relative major key to reflect the change in tone of the Psalmist's feelings conveyed in the text." It is appropriate for worship in Lent and Ordinary Time. The pdf score includes parts for SATB choir, piano and violoncello and there is an mp3 sound file.

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In Our End Is Our Beginning

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This hymn for Easter and Eastertide is a collaboration between British Methodist pastor Andrew Pratt and composer John R. Kleinheksel.

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Holy, Holy Lord of Mercy

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This hymn by Lawrence A. Wik is especially appropriate for Holy Communion, Lent, and Holy Week.

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Sovereign Most Holy

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The Rev. Lawrence A. Wik has composed this hymn of praise set to the beautiful HERZLIEBSTER JESU tune, especially appropriate for Lent.

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Holy God of Power and Might

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This hymn of praise by the Rev. Lawrence A. Wik is strongly Trinitarian and may be used effectively at many times through the year: Holy Communion, Advent, Lent, Easter and general use.

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Jesus Walked this Lonesome Valley (Council)

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Choral Introit
Words and Music: American Folk Hymn, arr. Tom Council
This short setting of the folk hymn by Tom Council, though not difficult, calls for women’s voices and 3-part men. Excellent as an introit for Lent or Holy Week.

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Sanctify

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Contemporary song for Lent and Holy week. Ths song works well with guitar and acoustic worship teams.

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Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy (Council)

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This SATB setting of the hymn by Tom Council has some interesting rhythmic challenges and is especially suited as a choral introit for Lent, but also for general use.

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A Musical Prayer of Great Thanksgiving for the Lenten Season

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The Rev. Nickolas Campbell has composed a musical setting of The Great Thanksgiving service of Holy Communion for leader and congregation using hymn tunes usually associated with the Lenten season.

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In Communion’s Holy Supper

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Hymn by Rev. R. Fred Crider, Jr., based on Mark 14:22-25 which reflects on the sacrament, in which we recall God’s love, Jesus’ sacrifice, and celebrate Christ’s resurrection and eternal presence.

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Singing the Scriptures:  Lent

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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).



 

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What Wondrous Love Is This: Choral Introit for Lent

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Dallas area composer and United Methodist church musician Tom Council has composed this Lenten introit for choir and piano.

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Jesus, For All You Came To Earth

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The text relates to general Lenten themes as well as the events of Holy Week. Its Kyrie eleison refrain also suggests use as a hymn for Holy Communion, especially during Lent or on Maundy Thursday.

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