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Proper 11/Pentecost 9/Ordinary Time 16 -- Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 11 | Ordinary Time 16 - A -- 2006
(See Epiphany 2/Ordinary Time 2, Cycle B, and Proper 4/Pentecost 2/Ordinary Time 9, Cycle B, for
Palm Sunday/Sunday Of The Passion -- Psalm 31:9-16 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Passion Sunday - C -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Liturgy Of The Passion, Cycles A and B for alt
The Baptism Of Our Lord/Epiphany 1/Ordinary Time 1 -- Psalm 29 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- The Baptism of our Lord | Epiphany 1 | Ordinary Time 1 - A -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see The Baptism Of Our Lord, Cycle B, and Trinity
Epiphany 3/Ordinary Time 3 -- Psalm 62:5-12 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 3 | Ordinary Time 3 - B -- 2006
"[God] alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken" (Psalm 62:6).
Advent 4 -- Luke 1:47-55 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - C -- 2006
One day, back in the early years of computers, an engineer was asked to demonstrate to a group of re
Proper 12/Pentecost 10/Ordinary Time 17 -- Psalm 105:1-11, 45b -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2006
(See Proper 14/Pentecost 12/Ordinary Time 19, Cycle A, for an alternative approach to vv.
Maundy Thursday -- Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Maundy Thursday - C -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see Maundy Thursday, Cycle A and Maundy Thursday,
Advent 2 -- Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Advent - A -- 2006
(See The Epiphany Of Our Lord, Cycle A, and The Epiphany Of Our Lord, Cycle B, for alternative ap
Epiphany 4/Ordinary Time 4 -- Psalm 111 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 4 | Ordinary Time 4 - B -- 2006
(See Proper 15/Pentecost 13/Ordinary Time 20, Cycle B, for an alternative approach.)
Proper 25/Pentecost 23/Ordinary Time 30 -- Psalm 34:1-8 (19-22) -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 25 | Ordinary Time 30 - B -- 2006
The writer of this psalm begins with an assertion and an invitation to the gathered company of worsh
Proper 12/Pentecost 10/Ordinary Time 17 -- Psalm 128 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 12 | Ordinary Time 17 - A -- 2006
This Psalm is difficult to preach in our modern culture, because of the central section (vv.
Good Friday -- Psalm 22 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Good Friday - C -- 2006
Jesus spoke the opening words of Psalm 22 from the cross (Matthew 27:46), making it an obvious choic
Advent 3 -- Psalm 146:5-10 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2006
(See Proper 26/Pentecost 24/Ordinary Time 31, Cycle B, for an alternative approach.)
Epiphany 5/Ordinary Time 5 -- Psalm 147:1-11, 20c -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 5 | Ordinary Time 5 - B -- 2006
(For an alternative approach to vv. 12-20, see Christmas 2, Cycle A.)
Proper 26/Pentecost 24/Ordinary Time 31 -- Psalm 146 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 26 | Ordinary Time 31 - B -- 2006
(See Advent 3, Cycle A, for an alternative approach to vv. 5-10.)
Proper 13/Pentecost 11/Ordinary Time 18 -- Psalm 17:1-7, 15 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 13 | Ordinary Time 18 - A -- 2006
This psalm belongs in the category of "personal lament," which means it probably was not used for co
The Resurrection Of Our Lord/Easter Day -- Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Easter Day - C -- 2006
(Occurs in all three cycles of the lectionary; see The Resurrection Of Our Lord/Easter Day, Cycle
Advent 3 -- Luke 1:47-55 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Third Sunday of Advent - A -- 2006
One day, back in the early years of computers, an engineer was asked to demonstrate to a group of re
Epiphany 6/Ordinary Time 6 -- Psalm 30 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 6 | Ordinary Time 6 - B -- 2006
(For alternative approaches, see Easter 3, Cycle C, and Proper 9/Pentecost 7/Ordinary Time 14, Cy
All Saints -- Psalm 24 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- All Saints Day - B -- 2006
Psalm 24 celebrates the orderly reign of God over creation.
Proper 14 / Ordinary Time 19 -- Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 14 | Ordinary Time 19 - A -- 2006
(See Proper 12/Pentecost 10/Ordinary Time 17, Cycle A, for an alternative approach to 105:1-11, 4
Easter 2 -- Psalm 118:14-29 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Second Sunday of Easter - C -- 2006
This psalm, titled "A Song Of Victory," has rich associations in Christian liturgy.
Advent 4 -- Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Fourth Sunday of Advent - A -- 2006
(See Advent 1, Cycle B, and Proper 15/Pentecost 13/Ordinary Time 20, Cycle C, for alternative app
Epiphany 7/Ordinary Time 7 -- Psalm 41 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Epiphany 7 | Ordinary Time 7 - B -- 2006
This psalm is often identified as a prayer of individual thanksgiving but it reads more as a plea fo
Proper 27/Pentecost 25/Ordinary Time 32 -- Psalm 127 -- James Evans, Stan Purdum, Carlos Wilton -- Proper 27 | Ordinary Time 32 - B -- 2006
It is not possible in a single sermon -- or even a psalm -- to answer the question, "What is the mea

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