Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – Transfiguration Sunday (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).
 
 

*** Revised Common Lectionary ***

Lectionary Reading: Psalm 2

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

Psalm 2
Isaac Watts

The man is ever blessed
Who shuns the sinners’ ways,
Among their counsels never stands,
Nor takes the scorner’s place;

But makes the law of God
His study and delight,
Amidst the labors of the day,
And watches of the night.

He like a tree shall thrive,
With waters near the root;
Fresh as the leaf his name shall live;
His works are heav’nly fruit.

Not so th’ ungodly race,
They no such blessings find;
Their hopes shall flee, like empty chaff
Before the driving wind.

How will they bear to stand
Before that judgment-seat,
Where all the saints at Christ’s right hand
In full assembly meet?

He knows, and he approves,
The way the righteous go;
But sinners and their works shall meet
A dreadful overthrow.

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



 
 

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

The King Will See You Now
Bill Mallonee

A Christmas song about King Herod 
that get the futile plotting of kings just right!

SNIPPET:

Must be time to guard your turf
must be time to guard your home
whenever the truth shows up drunk with love
and gets too close to the bone

Chorus:
and the pattern, it repeats itself
when power is asked to bow
whenever truth gets ushered in
ah, the king will see you now

there’s always a steel door to be slammed
when she gets a little loud
whenever truth gets outta hand
ah, the king will see you now
….

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