2021 Lenten Series - The Psalms
This year’s Lenten series focuses on the Psalms, perhaps the most familiar and least appreciated book in the Bible. Over a period of five Sundays, we will explore these 150 poems of praise, prayer and prophecy. Lenten sessions will begin each week on Sundays with a Zoom presentation after the 10:00 am service, beginning at 11:15. Zoom Link
You are invited to deepen your study of the Psalms by joining a Small Group for discussion. These groups meet weekly during the five weeks of Lent. Days and times are listed below. The study guides found below are for use in small group zoom sessions. These guides can also serve for family discussions or private meditation.
Sundays at 11:15am - Weekly Topics
February 21 - An Introduction to the Book of Psalms
Session One Presentation Recording Passcode Psalm #1
February 28 - Psalms of Praise
March 7 - Psalms as Prayer
March 14 - Psalms as Prophecy
March 21 - The 23rd Psalm
Join via Zoom
Please join one of our zoom home groups. These discussion groups meet weekly during the season of Lent. During these gatherings we will dive deeper into our Sunday material.
Group times are:
Mondays from 7:00-8:00pm led by Ron and Susan Almquist
Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30pm lead by Diana Obbard
Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00pm led by Fred Rowland
Reading ListThere are no required readings for this year’s Lenten series. But if you are new to the psalms or want to deepen your existing knowledge, we would like to suggest a few readings that might help you on your way.
The devotional approach to the psalms is a way to assist you both in understanding how early Jews and Christians spoke with God and in shaping your own prayers. General introductions to the psalms may have some devotional elements, but they also speak to the history and context of the psalms at an introductory level. Theological study of the psalms refers to deeper learning, focusing on closer historical context, psalmic form and questions of interpretation. Research sources
focus on top theological research and scholarship, used by many of the authors in the first three approaches listed here.
Devotional approach to the Psalms:
Peterson, Eugene H., Praying with the Psalms: A Year of Daily Prayers and Reflections on the Words of David (HarperCollins Publishers, N.Y., N.Y.: 1993). More information here.
General Introduction to the Psalms:
Kidner, Derek, Psalms 73-150: Kidner Classic Commentaries [Reprint ed., 2014] (IVP Academic, Westmont, IL:2014). Formerly known as Psalms 73-150: The Tynedale Commentaries. More information here.
Theological Study of the Psalms:
McCann, J. Clinton, Jr., A Theological Introduction to the Book of Psalms: The Psalms as Torah (Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN: 1993), ISBN 978-0687414680. More information here.
Brueggemann, Walter, (ed. Miller, Patrick D.) The Psalms: The Life of Faith (Fortresss Press, Minneapolis, MN 55402: 1995) ISBN-13: 978-0800627331. More information here.
Brueggemann, Walter, Spirituality of the Psalms (Facet) (Fortress Press, Abridged Edition, Minneapolis, MN: 2001) ISBN -13: 978-0800634506. More information here.
For research, serious theological study of the Psalms:
Brueggemann, Walter and Bellinger, William H. Jr., Psalms (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom: 2014), 666 pages, ISBN-13: 978-0521600767. More information here.
Clifford, Richard J., Psalms 1-72, Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries, (Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN: 2003). More information here.
Clifford, Richard J., Psalms 73-150, Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries, (Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN: 2003). More information here.