Richard Mabala, “The Money Changers”-Poem for the Third Sunday in Lent, Year B

The Englewood Review of Books curates a weekly series of classic and contemporary poems that resonate with the themes of the lectionary readings. Here is one of the poems for this coming Sunday (More poems for Lent 3B can be found here)

The Money-Changers

Richard Mabala

to accompany the lectionary reading: John 2:13-22

SNIPPET:

Dreamed my way into Church

Church built of coloured paper

On silver-coated foundations

Normal unintelligeble rumble

Of muttered prayers

Barely audible above

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Richard Mabala is a Tanzanian poet and activist. He was originally from the United Kingdom and gave up his passport to become an official Tanzanian.

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper-The Sparrow’s Fall-Poem for the First Sunday of Lent, Year 1B

The Englewood Review of Books curates a weekly series of classic and contemporary poems that resonate with the themes of the lectionary readings. Here is one of the poems for this coming Sunday (More poems for Lent 1B can be found here)

 

The Sparrow’s Fall

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

to accompany the lectionary reading: Psalm 25:1-10

Too frail to soar — a feeble thing —

It fell to earth with fluttering wing;

But God, who watches over all,

Beheld that little sparrow’s fall.

 

‘Twas not a bird with plumage gay,

Filling the air with its morning lay;

‘Twas not an eagle bold and strong,

Borne on the tempest’s wing along.

 

Only a brown and weesome thing,

With drooping head and listless wing;

It could not drift beyond His sight

Who marshals the splendid stars of night.

 

Its dying chirp fell on His ears,

Who tunes the music of the spheres,

Who hears the hungry lion’s call,

And spreads a table for us all.

 

Its mission of song at last is done,

No more will it greet the rising sun;

That tiny bird has found a rest

More calm than its mother’s downy breast

 

Oh, restless heart, learn thou to trust

In God, so tender, strong and just;

In whose love and mercy everywhere

His humblest children have a share.

 

If in love He numbers ev’ry hair,

Whether the strands be dark or fair,

Shall we not learn to calmly rest,

Like children, on our Father’s breast?

 

*** This poem is in the public domain,

  and may be read in a live-streamed worship service.

 

 


Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (September 24, 1825 – February 22, 1911) was an abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer. She was one of the first African American women to be published in the United States. Born free in Baltimore, Maryland, Harper had a long and prolific career, publishing her first book of poetry at the age of 20. At 67, she published her widely-praised novel Iola Leroy (1892), placing her among the first Black women to publish a novel.  (
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Lenten Prayer Sessions

We are grateful that several endorsers and friends of the Ekklesia Project have agreed to lead prayer sessions on Zoom during the season of Lent. We hope these topics will be helpful to you during this time in the church year.

There is no charge for the sessions, but we are using Eventbrite for registration. To help us properly plan for the sessions, please register here.

We will also continue to have our weekly Thursday evening prayers at 9 p.m. Eastern. You can join us on Zoom (password 841883). If you have any questions, please contact us at info@ekklesiaproject.org.

Mark Jarman-A Poem for Transfiguration Sunday, Year B

The Englewood Review of Books curates a weekly series of classic and contemporary poems that resonate with the themes of the lectionary readings. Here is one of the poems for this coming Sunday (More poems for Transfiguration Sunday can be found here)

 

Transfiguration

Mark Jarman

to accompany the lectionary reading: Mark 9:2-9

 

SNIPPET:

They were talking to him about resurrection, about law,

about the suffering ahead.

They were talking as if to remind him who he was and

who they were. He was not

Like his three friends watching a little way off, not like

the crowd

At the foot of the hill. A gray-green thunderhead massed

from the sea

And God spoke from it and said he was his. They were

talking

About how the body, broken or burned, could live again,

remade.

 

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Mark F. Jarman (born 1952 in Mount Sterling, Kentucky) is an American poet and critic often identified with the New Narrative branch of the New Formalism; he was co-editor with Robert McDowell of The Reaper throughout the 1980s. Centennial Professor of English, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University, he is the author of eleven books of poetry, three books of essays, and a book of essays co-authored with Robert McDowell.  (
Wikipedia)