What We’re Singing: First Sunday of Lent

What we’re singing at First Baptist Church of Berkeley this Sunday
First Sunday in the Season of Lent (theme for Lent: “Lifting Up Our Souls”)


Opening Hymn: “How Deep the Silence of the Soul”

(words: Sylvia Dunstan, 1989; tune: resignation, traditional American tune)

Third stanza (written by Nancy Hall):

O God, we lift our souls to you; may we be still and know
that you are holy, just, and wise; to you our praise we owe.
Within this season may we find, while walking in Christ’s way,
the paths where love and grace are found; then guide us now, we pray.


Following the Prayer of invocation and Confession, we sing these words of assurance (Taizé chant):

Bless the Lord, my soul, and bless God’s holy name.
Bless the Lord, my soul, who leads us into life.

 Psalm of the Day: No. 25:1-10, with sung response “Bless the Lord, my soul…”

Gospel text, Luke 4:1–13 (Jesus is led by the Spirit into a forty-day desert wilderness journey)

Hymn in response to the preached message: “When We Are Tested”
(words: Ruth Duck, 1996; tune: slane, Ancient Irish melody)

Stanzas 1 and 4:

When we are tested and wrestle alone,
famished for bread when the world offers stone,
nourish us, God, by your word and your way,
food that sustains us by night and by day.

When we have struggled and searched through the night,
sorting and sifting the wrong from the right,
Savior, surround us with circles of care,
angels of healing, of hope, and of prayer.

 Hymn of Prayer: “I Surrender All”
(words: Judson W. VanDeVenter, 1896; tune: surrender, Winfield S. Weeden, 1896)

Hymn for the Lenten Journey: “Go Walk with God in All You Do”
(words: Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, 2004; tune tallis canon, Thomas Tallis, c. 1567)

Go walk with God in all you do, and may God’s love bring joy to you.
May gifts of peace fill all your days, and may God’s truth guide you always.


FBC Berkeley worships at 10:00 am every Sunday in Crouch Classroom, Hobart Hall, on the ABSW campus. Rev. Dr. Nancy E. Hall (ABSW faculty) is the pastor. Our preacher this Sunday is Pastor Hall. Come sing with us! We are a Welcoming and Affirming congregation for the LGBTQ community.

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