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Sign up for Lent 2019!

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Sign-ups for the Lent 2019 Songs in the Desert Project are now open. Sign up here. Songs in the Desert is a collaborative audio project about Christian hymns and our responses to them. What is your favorite hymn and why? What's a hymn that speaks to you? This project will be published as a podcast and on the web every weekday during Lent 2019. Hymns need not be Lent-specific (and Alleluias are okay!). A different contributor is sought for every day of the project. This sign-up sheet is for the day by which you commit to providing your finished reflection. This day is exactly one month before the day your reflection will air. (For example: Feb. 7 will air on Mar. 7; Mar. 1 will air on Mar. 29) Submissions may be text or audio (you can record yourself with whatever you have, even the voice memo app on your smartphone). Submissions should be no more than 600 words, or five minutes long (remember these will be sent out almost daily.) Please note that there's no need to s…

Advent 2018 and Lent 2019 info

Dear Songs in the Desert contributors and listeners, ADVENT - There seems to be some interest in doing a weekly series for Advent. Proposals for Advent hymn reflections are now being accepted. At least four proposals are needed. Please email dsinden@gmail.com if you are interested in submitting a reflection for Advent. LENT - Lent sign-ups will begin on All Saints Day, Thursday, November 1!

Friday in the Fifth Week of Lent

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"Now let us rise and hymn the grace" (Hymn 781 in Wonder, Love, and Praise) from Westley Hodges.

Thursday in the Fifth Week of Lent

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"Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle" (Hymn 165/166) from the Rev. Ian Lasch

Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

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"A stable lamp is lighted" (Hymn 104) from Suzanne Daniel

Tuesday in the Fifth Week of Lent

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"What wondrous love is this" from Alec Peters. Hymn 489 in the Hymnal 1982; Hymn 215 in Glory to God the Presbyterian Hymnal.

The Feast of St. Joseph

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"By the Creator, Joseph was appointed" (Hymns 261/262) from David Ouzts.

Friday in the Fourth Week of Lent

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The carol "The Crown of Roses" from David Kurtenbach.

Thursday in the Fourth Week in Lent

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"Just as I am" (Hymn 693) from Scott Elsholz.

Wednesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

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"Lord, thee I love with all my heart" (Lutheran Book of Worship 325) from Jonathan Wessler.

Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent

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"I come with joy to meet my Lord" (Hymn 304) from the Rev. Loren Lasch.

Monday in the Fourth Week of Lent

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"How shall I sing that majesty" from Abby Schoppe.

Friday in the Third Week of Lent

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"A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth" (Hymn 438 in the Lutheran Service Book) from the Rev. Gary Schultz.

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

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"I bind unto myself today" (Hymn 370) from Mary Davenport Davis.

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

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"Of the Father's heart begotten" (Hymn 82) from Yotin Tiewtrakul.

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

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"My song is love unknown" (Hymn 458) from Michael Kurth.

Monday in the Third Week of Lent

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"Come, thou fount of every blessing" (Hymn 686) from Jillian Smith.

Friday in the Second Week of Lent

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"Peace before us" (Hymn 791) from the Rev. Jennifer Deaton.

David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales, c. 544

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"Watchman, tell us of the night" (Hymn 640) from Meg Carter.

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

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"King of glory, King of peace" (Hymn 382) from Michael Monnikendam.

George Herbert, Priest, 1633

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"Love bade me welcome," the poem by George Herbert, from Jessica Nelson.

Monday in the Second Week of Lent

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Andrew Klein on "Ar hyd y nos" (All through the night).

Friday in the First Week of Lent

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"When in our music God is glorified" (Hymn 420) from Max Thornton.

Thursday in the First Week of Lent

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"Praise God from whom all blessings flow" (Hymn 380, st. 3, called "The Doxology" in many places) from Mary Larew.

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

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"Christ, mighty Savior, Light of all creation" (Hymn 34) from Sumner Jenkins.

Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

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"They cast their nets in Galilee" (Hymn 661) from the Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley.

Monday in the First Week of Lent

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"Come, thou fount of every blessing" from the Rev. Kara Slade

Friday after Ash Wednesday

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"The glory of these forty days" (Hymn 143) from Derek Olsen.

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

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"Come, thou fount of every blessing" (Hymn 686) from Michael Smith.

Ash Wednesday

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An introduction to "Songs in the Desert" and "When I survey the wondrous cross" (Hymn 474) from David Sinden.

Songs in the Desert begins Ash Wednesday!

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Songs in the Desert is coming!
Download this episode (mp3). Songs in the Desert is a collaborative conversation on hymns. Which hymns speak to us and why? One of the ways I thought we could respond to the Church's invitation to a "holy Lent" would be to dive a bit deeper into the hymns of our faith. This year's conversation begins on Ash Wednesday and will continue every weekday in Lent.