Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – First Sunday in Lent (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 4:1-13

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Temptation
William Cowper

The billows swell, the winds are high,
Clouds overcast my wintry sky;
Out of the depths to thee I call,
My fears are great, my strength is small.

O Lord, the pilot’s part perform,
And guide and guard me thro’ the storm;
Defend me from each threatning ill,
Controll the waves, say, „Peace, be still.”

Amidst the roaring of the sea,
My soul still hangs her hope on thee,
Thy constant love, thy faithful care,
Is all that saves me from despair.

Dangers of ev’ry shape and name
Attend the follow’rs of the Lamb,
Who leave the world’s deceitful shore,
And leave it to return no more.

Tho’ tempest-toss’d and half a wreck,
My Saviour thro’ the floods I seek;
Let neither winds nor stormy main,
Force back my shatter’d bark again.

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

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Stones into Bread
Malcolm Guite

SNIPPET:

The Fountain thirsts, the Bread is hungry here
The Light is dark, the Word without a voice.
When darkness speaks it seems so light and clear.


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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com

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