Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Lent 5, Yr B)

(John 12: 20-36)

The time is here: be lifted, Human One,
to glorify the God whose rule is love;
the hour of sacrifice is why you’ve come.
Now may we hear the voice that speaks above!

The time is ripe: be planted, Faithful Seed,
to be the grain that life abundant gives.
Teach us the death-to-self that is our need —
that willingness to serve is how to live.

The time is now: shine out, O Lord of Light
into our hearts, into the shadowed earth;
show us the way to love; give us the sight
that sees in every soul eternal worth.

The time has come: be lifted, Holy One,
to draw all people to your saving grace;
as children of your light may we become
the ones who share your love through time and space.

Copyright ©2015 by Andrew King

Note: For use as a hymn (metre: 10 10 10 10), I might suggest the tunes Ellers or Harris. Other suggestions?

6 thoughts on “Poem For The Sunday Lectionary (Lent 5, Yr B)

  1. Samantha says:

    May I share this poem in a sermon, with credit?

  2. Samantha says:

    Thanks! I think it’s lovely.

  3. A thought.. any of the 10 10 10 10 options I looked at in 3/4 time don’t fit well. 4/4 or 6/8 (with stanza gaps) could work. hmmmm

  4. Bronwyn |Mitchell says:

    I also would like to use your poem for our church notice sheet with appropriate acknowledgement. I belong to Tuggeranong Uniting Church in Canberra Australia.
    Many thanks

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