We continue our weekly series of poetry that resonates with the lectionary readings for the week (Revised Common Lectionary and Narrative Lectionary).
We offer here a broad selection of classic and contemporary poems from diverse poets that stir our imaginations with thoughts of how the biblical text speaks to us in the twenty-first century. We hope that these poems will be fruitful not only for preachers who will be preaching these texts on the coming Sunday, but also for church members in the pews, as way to prime our minds for encountering the biblical texts.
“Freedom, justice, peace, and abiding joy (emerge)
when the poet comes, when the poet speaks,
when the preacher comes as poet.”
– Walter Brueggemann
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost
<<<<< Last Week’s Poems
We offer two poems per reading:
one classic poem in the public domain,
that can be read freely on a livestreamed service, and
one contemporary poem that might be helpful in
preparation, but is subject to copyright restrictions.
Narrative Lectionary Reading:
*** The Narrative Lectionary takes a hiatus over
the summer, and will return after Labor Day
Revised Common Lectionary Readings:
Psalm 81:1, 10-16 >>> Lectionary Poems
Sirach 10:12-18 >>> Lectionary Poems
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 >>> Lectionary Poems
Luke 14:1, 7-14 >>> Lectionary Poems
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Lectionary Poetry is wonderful! Three cheers for those who are behind this project! How can I read this week by week? What is the link? Is there a book? An e-book? A web-site?
Peter, Glad that you appreciate this project!
The Lectionary Poems are included in our free, weekly e-newsletter. You can sign up for that here: https://englewoodreview.org/enewsletter/
An ebook for Year A is in the works, and should be available this fall, prior to Advent. Print books may be available eventually, but we’re still sorting out the legal red-tape around publishing poetry.