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Suspending the 2020 Songs in the Desert Project

Dear friends, I wish I didn't have to write this note today, but I'm sure you understand. With the time that I'm having to spend re-adjusting to a new daily reality I cannot also continue producing this year's Songs in the Desert episodes during Lent.

Friday in the Third Week of Lent

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"Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands" (Hymn 185/186) from Jonathan Wessler.

Thursday in the Third Week of Lent

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"When Jesus left his Father's throne" (Hymn 480) from Marlayna Maynard.

Wednesday in the Third Week of Lent

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Fairest Lord Jesus (Hymn 383) from the Rev. Jennifer Deaton.

Tuesday in the Third Week of Lent

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"Hail to the Lord who comes" (Hymn 259) from David Sinden.

Monday in the Third Week of Lent

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"Many and great, O God, are thy things" Hymn 271 in the Presbyterian Hymnal (1990) from Mary Larew. This hymn is number 385 in the Hymnal 1982 ("Many and great, O God, are thy works")

Friday in the Second Week of Lent

"Great is thy faithfulness" from the Rev. Lenny Anderson. Originally aired on the Thursday after Ash Wednesday, 2019.

Thursday in the Second Week of Lent

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"A stable lamp is lighted" (Hymn 104) from Suzanne Daniel, originally aired Wednesday in the Fifth Week of Lent in 2018.

Wednesday in the Second Week of Lent

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"O the deep, deep love of Jesus" from Sarah Michal.

Tuesday in the Second Week of Lent

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"The stars declare his glory" (Hymn 431) from Patrick Pope.

Monday in the Second Week of Lent

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"Morning glory, starlit sky" (Hymn 585) from Noah Stansbury.

Friday in the First Week of Lent

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"I heard the voice of Jesus say" (Hymn 692) from the Rev. Andrew Armond.

Thursday in the First Week of Lent

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"God of the prophets, bless the prophets' heirs" (Hymn 359) from the Rev. Ian Lasch.

Wednesday in the First Week of Lent

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"Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendor" (Hymn 307) from the Rev. Beth Maynard.

Tuesday in the First Week of Lent

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"I come with joy to meet my Lord" (Hymn 304) from the Rev. Loren Lasch. Originally aired on Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Lent, 2018.

Monday in the First Week of Lent

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"The glory of these forty days" (Hymn 143) from Derek Olsen. Originally aired on the Friday after Ash Wednesday, 2018.

Friday after Ash Wednesday

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"Now the silence Now the peace" (Hymn 333) from the Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley.

Thursday after Ash Wednesday

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"Lord God, you now have set your servant free" (Hymn 499) from Marty Wheeler Burnett.

Ash Wednesday

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An introduction to the 2020 project.

Sign up for Lent 2020

Hello, everyone. I want to invite you to contribute to Songs in the Desert for Lent 2020. You can sign up here. Songs in the Desert is a collaborative audio project about Christian hymns and our responses to them. This project will be available to listen to as a podcast and on this website every weekday during Lent 2020. So, what is your favorite hymn and why? Or what's a hymn that speaks to you? The hymn you choose does not be Lent-specific (and Alleluias are okay!). A different contributor is sought for every day of the project, and you can sign-up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a45ada82ba2fe3-songs2This sign-up sheet is for the date by which you will submit your finished reflection. This deadline is two weeks before the day your reflection will air. (For example Feb. 13 will air on Feb. 27; Mar. 2 will air on Mar. 16; etc.) Submissions may be text or audio (you can record yourself with whatever you have; the voice memo app on your smartphone works well for this)…