Our church – St Albans Episcopal – has decided to use the MSA Lenten guide this year.  Our rector John Leech has put together a list of scriptures that are good alternatives to those in the daily lectionary because they relate to the themes of each week.    There are also some possible songs that relate to some of the themes

First Week of Lent: Journey into the Brokenness of Our Inner Selves
2 Samuel 12:1-15 Nathan confronts David with his offense against God
John 3:1-21 Jesus tells Nicodemus about being born again

Tara Ward’s song “Broken” fits perfectly here
http://www.belovedschurch.org/hope/broken.php

Second Week of Lent: Journey into the Brokenness of Hunger
Matthew 25:31-46 At the last judgment, Jesus says, “I was hungry and you fed me…”
Luke 16:19-31 the rich man and Lazarus

Third Week of Lent: Journey into the Brokenness of Homelessness
Isaiah 58:6-12 the fast that I choose… bringing the homeless into your house
Luke 2: 1-20 the theme of ‘las posadas’ – no room at the inn

Fourth Week of Lent: Journey into the Brokenness of Creation
Genesis 1:1-2:3
Isaiah 45: 12, 15-18, 21-23
John 1:1-15
Revelation 4:11
Job 38 ff

Fifth Week of Lent: Journey into the Brokenness of God’s Family
*Colossians 1: 9-21 firstborn of creation, head of the body; you have now been reconciled
Acts 2:1-17 the birthday of the church
John 17 that they may be one as we are one
John 15:1-16 – I am the vine, you are the branches; abide in me
John 13:1-14 Jesus washes the feet of the disciples

For the week on homelessness Joan Andenes thought of a song Harry Belafonte sang on his Christmas album

Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide
Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide

The foxes have a hole, the birdies have a nest
The Son of God, He don’t know where to lay His sweet head.

Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide
Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide

There was room at the inn
For the merchants that day,
But Joseph and Mary had no place to stay.

Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide
Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide

Then a star in the heavens,
The message did bring!
The tiny Babe in swaddling cloth, was Jesus the King

Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide
Jehovah, Hallelujah, the Lord will provide

http://www.rhapsody.com/harry-belafonte/harry-belafonte-christmas

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