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The Day Of Pentecost -- Psalm 104:24-34, 35b -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Day of Pentecost - C -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see The Day Of Pentecost, Cycle B, for an alternat
Lent 5 -- Psalm 119:9-16 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Fifth Sunday in Lent - B -- 2006
The reason for this alternate lectionary selection, culled from the longest of the psalms, is undoub
Proper 27/Pentecost 25/Ordinary Time 32 -- Psalm 98 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - C -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see also Christmas Day, Cycle A and B, and Easter
Proper 12/Pentecost 10/Ordinary Time 17 -- Psalm 14 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - B -- 2006
(See Proper 19/Pentecost 17/Ordinary Time 24, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)
Epiphany 3/Ordinary Time 3 -- Psalm 27:1, 4-9 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - A -- 2006
(See Lent 2, Cycle C for an alternative approach.)
The Resurrection Of Our Lord/Easter Day -- Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Easter Day - A -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Easter, Years B and C, for alternative approac
Epiphany 5/Ordinary Time 5 -- Psalm 138 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - C -- 2006
Attempting to use mere language to discuss and describe the workings of God is not an easy task.
Proper 25 / Ordinary Time 30 -- Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - A -- 2006
Psalm 90 is a prayer, expressing gratitude for God's abiding presence in the face of the transient a
The Holy Trinity -- Psalm 8 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- 2006
(See Trinity Sunday, Cycle A, for an alternative approach.)
Palm Sunday/Sunday Of The Passion -- Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Passion Sunday - B -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Liturgy Of The Palms, Cycle A; see also The Re
Proper 28/Pentecost 26/Ordinary Time 33 -- Isaiah 12 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 28 | Ordinary Time 33 - C -- 2006
(For an alternative approach to vv. 2-6, see Advent 3, Cycle C.)
Proper 13/Pentecost 11/Ordinary Time 18 -- Psalm 51:1-12 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - B -- 2006
(See Ash Wednesday, Cycle A, and Lent 5, Cycle B, for alternative approaches.)
Epiphany 4/Ordinary Time 4 -- Psalm 15 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - A -- 2006
"There's Jackson, standing like a stone wall." Those words, spoken at the First Battle of Bull Run (
Easter 2 -- Psalm 16 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Easter - A -- 2006
This psalm is a song of confidence and trust, and the first-century church found in it a prophecy of
Advent 4 -- Psalm 80:1-7 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
The recurring phrase, "let your face shine" (vv.
Proper 26/Pentecost 24/Ordinary Time 31 -- Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - A -- 2006
(See Lent 4, Cycle B, for an alternative approach to vv. 1-3 and 17-22.)
Proper 4/Pentecost 2/Ordinary Time 9 -- Psalm 96 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - C -- 2006
Psalm 96 is an enthronement psalm.
Proper 5/Pentecost 3/Ordinary Time 10 -- Psalm 146 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 5 | Ordinary Time 10 - C -- 2006
(See Advent 3, Cycle A, for vv.
Proper 24/Pentecost 22/Ordinary Time 29 -- Psalm 104:1-9, 24, 35c -- James Evans -- Proper 24 | Ordinary Time 29 - B -- 2006
Psalm 104 begins and ends with a unique call to praise.
Christ The King/Proper 29 -- Luke 1:68-79 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Christ The King (Proper 29) - C -- 2006
(See Advent 2, Cycle C, for an alternative approach.)
Proper 4/Pentecost 2/Ordinary Time 9 -- Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 4 | Ordinary Time 9 - B -- 2006
(See Epiphany 2/Ordinary Time 2, Cycle B. For an alternative approach to vv.
Epiphany 5/Ordinary Time 5 -- Psalm 112:1-9 (10) -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - A -- 2006
This is a dangerous psalm -- dangerous, because it is so open to misinterpretation.
Easter 3 -- Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Easter - A -- 2006
(See Maundy Thursday, Cycle A, and Maundy Thursday, Cycle B, for alternative approaches to vv.
Christmas Eve -- Psalm 96 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Nativity of our Lord - C -- 2006
Psalm 96 is an enthronement psalm.
All Saints -- Psalm 34:1-10, 22 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- All Saints Day - A -- 2006
The writer of this psalm begins with an assertion and an invitation to the gathered company of worsh

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