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Lectionary Poetry – Easter Week 6 (Year A)

Lectionary Poetry Easter 6

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).
 
 

Lectionary Reading: Psalm 66:8-20

 
 

 CLASSIC POEM:

Praise to God
For Hearing Prayer
Isaac Watt

Now shall my solemn vows be paid
To that Almighty Power,
That heard the long requests I made
In my distressful hour.

My lips and cheerful heart prepare
To make his mercies known;
Come, ye that fear my God, and hear
The wonders he has done.

When on my head huge sorrows fell,
I sought his heav’nly aid;
He saved my sinking soul from hell,
And death’s eternal shade.

If sin lay covered in my heart,
While prayer employed my tongue,
The Lord had shown me no regard,
Nor I his praises sung.

But God (his name be ever blest)
Has set my spirit free;
Nor turned from him my poor request,
Nor turned his heart from me.

*** This poem is in the public domain,
  and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.

 
 
CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Narrative Theology #1
Padraig O’Tuama

SNIPPET:

And I said to him
Are there answers to all of this?
And he said
The answer is in a story
and the story is being told.

[ READ THE FULL POEM ]

 
 

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