Song Ideas and Suggestions for the 1st Sunday of Lent, February 18, 2024

Entrance Antiphon:  (Ps 91 (90): 15-16) “When he calls on me, I will answer him; I will deliver him and give him glory, I will grant him length of days.”

We Gather Here by Ed Bolduc (WLP) from the CD We are Faithful and found in the collection Voices as One vol. 1  “When you call to me, I will answer you…”

Responsorial Psalms:

Your Ways, O Lord are Love and Truth by Christian Cosas (GIA)

(SEASONAL) With the Lord by Ed Bolduc (WLP/GIA) “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord…”  found in the collection VOICES listen

(SEASONAL) Be Merciful, O Lord by Jeff Thomas (OCP)

(SEASONAL) Have Mercy on Us for We Have Sinned by Cliff Petty (WLP/GIA) from the CD In Spirit and Truth and found in the collection VOICES  listen

Gospel Acclamation: (Matthew 4:4b) “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Communion Antiphon:

(Matthew 4:4) “One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”


(Ps 91 (90):4) “The Lord will conceal you with his pinions, and under his wings you will trust.”

My Soul Is Thirsting by Steve Angrisano (spiritandsong) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2 and VOICES  and on the CD Forever Will I Sing   “in the shadow of your wings I cling to you…”  listen

Your Love, O Lord by Avery/Carr/Powell/Lee/Anderson (Brentwood-Benson/Kobalt Music/CCLI) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2  and VOICES  and the CD Father We Thank Thee “I will find my strength in the shadow of your wings.” listen

Free Lenten Mass Parts: Here is a link to my website which has all kinds of unpublished music, including a Holy, Amen, and Lamb of God that I’ve been using for some time now during the season of Lent. Just scroll down to LENTEN SONGS and click on the Mass Parts.

40 Days by Matt Maher (spiritandsong) from the CD Welcome to Life  “‘’Cause in the desert of temptation…” (Preparation / Closing)

Blessed Be Your Name by Matt & Beth Redman (Capitol CMG/CCLI) found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2 and VOICES  and on the CD Strong In Faith “Blessed be your name when I’m found in the desert place, though I walk through the wilderness…”  (Preparation / Closing) listen

Come and Follow Me by John Angotti (WLP) from the CD We Will be the Light and found in the collection Voices as One vol. 2   “This is the time of fulfillment…”  (Preparation / Communion)  listen

Create a Clean Heart in Me by Lorraine Hess (WLP) from the CD As I Pray and found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 2   and the collection VOICES. “Wash me from my guilt, and of my sin cleanse me.”  (Preparation / Communion)  listen

Desert Song by Brooke Ligertwood (Capitol CMG/CCLI)   “This is my prayer in the desert when all that is in me feels dry…”  (Preparation / Closing) –We always play this a little slower than this recording.

He Lives In Us by Amelia Acosta (WLP) from the collection and in the collection VOICES   “By his body and his blood we share in the covenant of his love.” (Communion)  listen

Hosea (OCP) “The wilderness will lead you to your heart where I will speak.”  (Gathering / Preparation) here’s a really nice version you may not have heard

Into the Desert by Curtis Stephan and Sarah Hart (spiritandsong) from the CD Amid Passing Things  “In the desert your life will bloom, out of despair is hope renewed.”  (use anywhere but Psalm)

Journey for Home by Ed Bolduc (WLP) found in the collection Voices As One vol. 1  and the collection VOICES   “In the dark we turn to the light.  In our faith you heal our blindness.” (use anywhere except Psalm) listen

Leaning by Elmquist/Jacob Sooter/ Lizzie Morgan/ Matt Maher (Essential Music/CCLI) “Let my ‘no’ be ‘no’ to the things of this world” (Preparation / 2nd Communion)

Living Bread by Ubowski/Hart (GIA) found in the collection VOICES “This is living bread come down from heaven. You are living bread come down from heaven.”  (Communion) listen

Lord, I Need You by Nockels/Carson/Reeves/Stanfill/Maher (Capitol CMG/CCLI) found in the collection VOICES“Without you I fall apart.  You’re the one that guides my heart..“  (Preparation / Communion)  listen

Miracle of Grace by Curtis Stephan ( found in the collection VOICES  “Bread of Life…those who eat this bread shall live and never die.” (Communion) listen

More by Serrano/Profitt (Capitol CNG/CCLI) “I pour out all I have and lay down all I am…” (Communion Meditation)

O Come to the Altar by Brown/Brock/Furtick/Joye (Essential Music Pub/CCLI) found in the collection VOICES “Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy, from the ashes a new life is born…” (Gathering / Preparation / Communion) listen  –*OMIT THE BRIDGE (contains “Alleluia“)

Return to God by Angotti/Hommerding (WLP) from the CD Joy Beyond Our Dreams and the collection More Voices As One vol. 1  and VOICES  “From desert to mountaintop…With humble hearts we cry to you, ‘Have Mercy on us, Lord.’” (Gathering / Preparation) listen

Rise from the Ashes by Craig Colson (WLP) from the CD I Am the Way  “With the Spirit as our guide, we will rise.” (Preparation / Communion)

So Beautiful by Jacob and Matthew Band (WLP) from the CD Every Day and the collection More Voices as One vol. 2  and VOICES “Bread from heaven, Cup of everlasting life, in this meal we share the Body of Christ.” (Communion) listen

Tree of Life by Aaron Thompson (WLP) from the CD 10,000 Angels and the collection More Voices As One vol. 1  and the collection VOICES  “Through the desert we must travel, tasting hunger, knowing thirst.” (Communion)  listen

Turn Our Hearts Around by Trevor Thomson (WLP) from the CD In Shadow and In Light and found in the collection More Voices as One vol. 3  and in the collection VOICES “We are tempted and we are fooled by sin’s beautiful disguise.  Bring us back.  Turn our hearts around.”  (Song of Preparation / Communion) listen

We are Faithful by Ed Bolduc (WLP/GIA) found in the collection Voices As One vol. 1  and the collection VOICES   “A rainbow is a sign of the love of the Lord…” listen