Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost (Year C)

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).

 
 

*** Revised Common Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading:
Luke 13:10-17

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Sabbath Bells
George MacDonald

Oh holy Sabbath bells,
Ye have a pleasant voice!
Through all the land your music swells,
And man with one commandment tells
To rest and to rejoice.

As birds rejoice to flee
From dark and stormy skies
To brighter lands beyond the sea
Where skies are calm, and wings are free
To wander and to rise;

As thirsty travellers sing,
Through desert paths that pass,
To hear the welcome waters spring,
And see, beyond the spray they fling
Tall trees and waving grass;

So we rejoice to know
Your melody begun;
For when our paths are parched below
Ye tell us where green pastures glow
And living waters run.

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


 
 
CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Of Spines and Spirits
Kathy Coffey

SNIPPET:

Bending double could impair perspective:
sky’s plume or star’s leap could buckle.

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