Lectionary Poetry – 25th Sunday After Pentecost (Year A)

Lectionary Poetry

With the dawn of a new church year, we have launched a new feature on our website, a weekly post of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for that week (Revised Common Lectionary).

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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Lectionary Poetry
25th Sunday After Pentecost
Reign of Christ /
Christ the King Sunday
 Year A

*** Now Featuring Poems for both the Narrative
and Revised Common Lectionaries!!!

<<<<< Last Week’s Poems

We offer two poems per reading:
one classic poem in the public domain,
that can be read freely on a livestreamed service, and
one contemporary poem that might be helpful in 
preparation, but is subject to copyright restrictions. 


Narrative Lectionary Reading:

Jeremiah 36:1-8, 21-23, 27-28; then 31:31-34
    >>> Lectionary Poems 

Revised Common Lectionary Readings:

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 >>> Lectionary Poems 
Psalm 100 ; Psalm 95:1-7a >>>  Lectionary Poems 
Ephesians 1:15-23 >>>  Lectionary Poems 
Matthew 25:31-46 >>> Lectionary Poems

POEMS >>>>>>

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  1. This is a great site. Looking forward to your selections for the Reign of Christ. Will they be up soon?

  2. Patrick, the poems in this post are for Reign of Christ Sunday. When creating the post, I forgot to indicate that the 25th Sunday after Pentecost and Reign of Christ Sunday are synonymous . I have edited the post, adding a note that this is also Reign of Christ Sunday.

    Thanks for bringing this error to my attention,
    Chris Smith