Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – Fourth Sunday of Easter (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 ***

Lectionary Reading:
Psalm 23

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

The Shepherd
William Blake

How sweet is the shepherd’s sweet lot!
From the morn to the evening he strays;
He shall follow his sheep all the day,
And his tongue shall be filled with praise.

For he hears the lambs’ innocent call,
And he hears the ewes’ tender reply;
He is watchful while they are in peace,
For they know when their shepherd is nigh.

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

 
 

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Asperges Me
Timothy Murphy

SNIPPET:

Cleanse me of my iniquity
and wash away my sins.
Laugh, Lord, at my obliquity.
In you laughter begins.

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