Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – Fifth Sunday of Epiphany (Year A)

Lectionary Poetry Advent

Each week we carefully curate a collection of  poems that resonate with the lectionary readings for that week (Narrative Lectionary and Revised Common Lectionary).

Lectionary Reading: Psalm 112:1-10

CLASSIC POEM:

We Shall Not Be Moved
Traditional Black Spiritual

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Just like a tree that’s standing by the water
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
The union is behind us
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We’re fighting for our freedom
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We’re fighting for our children
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
We’ll building a mighty union
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Black and white together
We shall not be moved

We shall not, we shall not be moved
We shall not, we shall not be moved
Young and old together
We shall not be moved

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

LISTEN to Mavis Staples’s
Rendition of this song:



 
 

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

When Giving is All we Have
Alberto Rios

SNIPPET:

We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.

[ READ THE FULL POEM ]

 
 

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