What hymns to use?
As well as the hymns already available in Singing the Faith, take a look at Carolyn Gillette’s reflection on words of the prophet Joel ("Return to me with all your heart") in her hymn, “Ash Wednesday comes, and Lord, we hear”. And for some contextual thoughts around Ash Wednesday, see Beginning Lent - some thoughts about Ash Wednesday.
Published on StF+, David Lee offers a paraphrase of Psalm 130, Out of the depths I cry to you, suitable for Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent. In its final verse, we may perceive the glimmering light of Easter drawing near:
May we, your people, joined in one accord,
out from the depths renew our hope, O Lord.
May we in you find redemption and mercy:
Lord, hear our cry, our deepest song.
A number of hymns published here on Singing the Faith Plus explore the imagery and symbolism of desert places: Lord save us from the desert (Rachel Parkinson); You call us to the wilderness (Paul Wood and Ian Worsfold); and Joy Dine's popular God who sets us on a journey. Together, they convey the challenges and opportunities of the inward (and outward) journeying we associate with the season of Lent.
For use later in the season, there is a thoughtful and memorable hymn based on the events of Maundy Thursday by Sue McCoan and Matthew Prevett, Dusty-footed, heavy-hearted. Likewise, Dominic Grant's O watcher in the wilderness (StF 667) draws on images from the Last Supper as well, again, from desert experiences.
Lent - expanding our horizons
In Lent - expanding our horizons, we look beyond the Lent section of Singing the Faith to discover hymns suitable for this season.
Thoughtful ideas from Valerie Ruddle
On the website of our friends at ArtServe, composer Valerie Ruddle has produced an easy-to-use introduction to Singing the Faith especially suitable for this time of year. She has selected a range of hymns for Passiontide and Easter and offers suggestions of how to make varied use of the texts. Explore Valerie’s suggestions at ArtServe (Resources-Music).
Other resources for Lent
Faith and Order have also drafted some guidance for people concerning anti-Semitism and the service for Good Friday. Click here for details.
A sequence of prayers for Lent and Easter can be found on the Methodist Church website.
This year’s Easter Offering dedication service, prepared by Methodist Women in Britain (MWiB) takes the theme, Tell Her Story, Tell Our Story.
It features the stories of women that have often been forgotten or overlooked. They are stories of courage, compassion and calls for change. The theme is inspired by MWiB's tenth anniversary and the work it has done to empower and enable women around the world.
The offerings collected during this act of worship go to the World Mission Fund of the Methodist Church in Britain.
Living Lent was part of a climate change campaign organised by the ecumenical Joint Public Issues Team in 2019-20. Whilst Living Lent is not be running in 2022, you can still explore the Living Lent resources and find useful resources for your climate journey. Living Lent challenges us with six ways to change our behaviour. The challenges are set within the Christian Lenten journey to Easter, supported by daily prayers and reflections.
Let Wisdom Speak is a six-week resource produced for Lent 2022 by the Methodist aid and partnership agency, All We Can.
"Wisdom cries out in the street; in the squares she raises her voice."
You are invited to listen to the voices of Joanna Adeyinka-Burford, Dr Selina Stone, Revds Sonia Hicks, Helen Cameron and Chan Kaur-Mann, the stories of All We Can’s partners and the reflections of several Methodist Women in Britain, in a devotional resource designed for you to journey with throughout the Lenten season.
Additional series of studies for the Lent period have been produced by:
- Following Christ in the Footsteps of the Saints is the Lent theme developed in 2022 by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). Developed by the Mission Theology Advisory Group, the resource for group discussion and personal reflection focuses in particular on St Winefride/Gwenffrewi, "whose story has many touchpoints with our modern world - sexual harassment and coercion, misuse of power, the place of faith and the right to follow Jesus, and the contemporary need for healing and hope".
- For Lent 2020, the United Stockport Circuit (Methodist/URC) has developed a series of Lent meditations for personal reflection and group discussion. Each session is based on a verse of this hymn. And can it be (Lent resource). You can also join in the Zoom sessions, every Thursday at 7pm, beginning 10 March. Details on resource.
- For the 7 Wednesday evenings of Lent (beginning Ash Wednesday, 2 March) , Inclusive Gathering Birmingham is offering an hour of reflection and discussion looking at scripture and related readings - "an opportunity to journey through Lent with an inclusive and supportive group exploring themes of the season together".
Register here and you'll be able to join any or all of the Zoom sessions: https://zoom.us/.../tJUkfuGurz4sE9NT7OXDueguZ9yVIu_R1eXb