Preaching the Penitential Psalms in Lent: Service Notes



Suggested Hymns

Ash Wednesday


“O Lord, throughout These Forty Days”- 418 LSB

“On My Heart Imprint Your Image”-422 LSB

“To Thee, Omniscient Lord of All”-613 LSB

“Your Heart, O God, Is Grieved”-945 LSB

“As Rebels, Lord, who Foolishly Have Wandered”-612 LSB

Lent I


“Jesus, I Will Ponder Now”-440 LSB

“O God, Forsake Me Not”-731 LSB

“Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ”-565 LSB

“My Song is Love Unknown”-430 LSB

Lent 2


“Christ, the Life of All the Living”-420 LSB

“Oh, How Great is Your Compassion”-559 LSB

“Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me”- 683 LSB

“Cross of Jesus, Cross of Sorrow”-428 LSB

Lent 3


“Jesus, Grant That Balm and Healing”- 421 LSB

“Lord, to You I Make Confession”- 608 LSB

“I Lay My Sins on Jesus”-606 LSB

“In Silent Pain the Eternal Son”-432

Lent 4


“When in the Hour of Deepest Need”-615 LSB

“From Depths of Woe I Cry to Thee”-607

“Savior, When in Dust to Thee”-419 LSB

“O Christ, You Walked the Road”- 424 LSB

Lent 5


“Jesus, Refuge of the Weary”-423 LSB

“Jesus Sinners Doth Receive”- 609 LSB

“Not Unto Us”-558 LSB

“Stricken, Smitten, and Afflicted”-451 LSB

“I Lie, O Lord, with Your Care”-885 LSB

Good Friday


“Lamb of God, Pure and Holy”-434 LSB

“A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth”-438 LSB

“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”-450 LSB

“O Perfect Life of Love”-452 LSB

Liturgical Notes:

For Ash Wednesday, the order of service is in the Lutheran Service Book: Altar Book (pp. 483 ff). The lectionary is that appointed for Ash Wednesday.

Two services are provided for Good Friday in the LSB Altar Book, (“Good Friday- Chief Service” pp. 511ff and “Good Friday- Tenebrae Vespers, pp. 525 ff).

For the midweek services, there are several options (Vespers, Evening Prayer, Service of Prayer and Preaching in LSB). In keeping with the penitential nature of Lent (and this sermon series), “Corporate Confession and Absolution, pp. 290 LSB would also be appropriate.

For the midweek services, the passion history is the lectionary. See LSB Altar Book, pp. 487ff.

Collects fitting each of the psalms are available in the Concordia Psalter.