We’ve set aside the usual lectionary readings for the season of Lent, and are focussing on the psalms. Our psalm for the third Sunday of Lent was Psalm 137, which opens by sounding deep notes of lament before moving into some rather more difficult territory…

We opened worship by singing together a setting of some of this psalm’s opening verses, arranged by Don McLean and Lee Hays and released as the closing song on McLean’s classic 1971 record American Pie. With Rob Burton on banjo, Mike Penner on violin, and Larry Campbell, Lyndon James and Charles Garinger on vocals, this version captures the sorrow-filled longing voiced by the psalmist.

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By the waters, the waters of Babylon

We lay down and wept, and wept, for thee Zion

We remember thee, remember thee, remember thee Zion


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