We offer here a broad selection of classic and contemporary poems from diverse poets that stir our imaginations with thoughts of how the biblical text speaks to us in the twenty-first century. We hope that these poems will be fruitful not only for preachers who will be preaching these texts on the coming Sunday, but also for church members in the pews, as way to prime our minds for encountering the biblical texts.
“Freedom, justice, peace, and abiding joy [emerge]
when the poet comes, when the poet speaks,
when the preacher comes as poet.”
– Walter Brueggemann
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11th Sunday After Pentecost
Narrative Lectionary Reading:
NOTE: The Narrative Lectionary is on hiatus during the summer. Our selection of poems to accompany these readings will resume in the fall when the Lectionary resumes.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings:
Genesis 45:1-15 and
Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 and Psalm 105: 1-6, 16-22, 45b [ >>> Lectionary Poems ]
Psalm 85:8-13 >>> [ Lectionary Poems ]
Romans 10:5-15 >>> [ Lectionary Poems ]
Matthew 14:22-33 >>> [ Lectionary Poems ]
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