Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)

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 ***

Lectionary Reading:
Jeremiah 1: 4-10

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Jeremiah
John Henry Newman

Woe’s me! the peaceful prophet cried,
Spare me this troubled life;
To stem man’s wrath, to school his pride,
To head the sacred strife!

O place me in some silent vale,
Where groves and flowers abound;
Nor eyes that grudge, nor tongues that rail,
Vex the truth-haunted ground!”

If his meek spirit err’d, opprest,
That God denied repose,
What sin is ours, to whom Heaven’s rest
Is pledged, to heal earth’s woes?

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

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

How to Be a Poet
Wendell Berry

SNIPPET:

Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.

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