Lectionary Poetry – eighth Sunday after Pentecost (12 months A)
At the beginning of a new church year, we published a new feature on our website, a weekly contribution to poetry that is in line with this week's readings (Revised Common Lectionary).
Here we offer a wide selection of classic and contemporary poems by various poets that stimulate our imagination with how the biblical text speaks to us in the 21st century. We hope that these poems will be fruitful not only for preachers preaching these texts next Sunday, but also for members of the Church in the pews to prepare our minds for the encounter with the biblical texts.
"Freedom, justice, peace and lasting joy (arise)
when the poet comes, when the poet speaks,
when the preacher comes as a poet. "
– Walter Brueggemann
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8th Sunday after Pentecost
<<<<< poems from last week
We offer two poems per reading:
a classic poem in the public domain,
that can be read freely on a livestream service, and
a contemporary poem that could be helpful
Preparation, but subject to copyright restrictions.
Genesis 29: 15-28 >>> Lectionary poems
Psalm 105: 1-11, 45b >>> Lectionary poems
1 Kings 3: 5-12 >>> Lectionary poems
Romans 8: 26-39 >>> Lectionary poems
Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 >>> Lectionary poems