Poetry

Lectionary Poetry – Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost (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:
Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Luke 1:68-79

 
 

CLASSIC POEM:

To St. John Baptist
Henry Constable

As Anne long barren, Mother did become
of him, who last was Judge in Israel:
Thou last of prophets borne like Samuel
Did’st from a womb past hope of issue come.
His mother silent spake: thy father dumb
Recovering speech, God’s wonder did foretell:
He after death a prophet was in hell:
And thou unborn within thy mother’s womb:
He did annoint the king, whom God did take
From charge of sheep, to rule his chosen land:
But that high king who heaven & earth did make
Received a holier liquor from thy hand,
When God his flock in human shape did feed,
As Israel’s king kept his in shepherd’s weed.

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

CONTEMPORARY POEM:

Faith Opens Mouths
Drew Jackson

SNIPPET:

unclenches jaws
and minds

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