Fairmont United Methodist Church • Raleigh NC

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Psalms: A Series for Lent

The Psalms: For the season of Lent, the forty days of penitence and spiritual preparation leading to the celebration of the Resurrection on Easter, we will focus on the Psalms. The Psalms are both a book of prayers and of songs from the people of Ancient Israel. There will be many opportunities to let these scriptures form your spiritual journey through this season. We will preach from and focus worship around the lectionary Psalms in Sunday morning worship. You are invited to join in an online Bible study based on the Psalms each week (watch for an email in your inbox and/or a link through our website and Facebook page--temporary technical difficulties have delayed the online study).

To engage the child in all of us, each week we will have a large coloring poster in the back of the sanctuary, and smaller versions to take home. These are meant as a way to engage in prayer and in mindfulness as we are in worship together.

Feb. 18 - Psalm 25:1-10
Feb. 25 - Psalm 22:23-31
March 4 - Psalm 19

Why the Psalms Today?


  • if we allow age-old poetry to become personal prayer;
  • if we join ourselves to the communion of saints who have prayed the psalms throughout the history of the church;
  • if we accept the psalter as both proclamation and response;
  • if we begin to hear the song of the universe, echoing back our own new song;


  • we may encounter the God whose Yes is contemporary and whose goodness overpowers the No of the worlds, perceived without the eyes and ears of the Eternal Singer;
  • we may empathize with neighbor, with those who suffer, even with Jesus Christ, whose prayer was the psalms and in whose name we pray;
  • we may recover a grammar of praise, a renewed language of sung joy at the goodness of creation;
  • we may be startled by a vision of what life totally related to God might mean;
  • we may discover in songs of trust a God whose Yes message is answered when we choose life over death;

and ultimately,

  • we may find radical conversion in ourselves and in our community.