From Advent's Alleluia to Easter's Morning Light: Poetry for Worship, Study, and Devotion

From Advent's Alleluia to Easter's Morning Light: Poetry for Worship, Study, and Devotion

by Ann Weems


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Weems's lyrical poetry is a reminder of the importance of true discipleship. She challenges Christians to look past the ongoing distractions of the "busy work" of church meetings and socials, new programs and technology, and inevitable conflict, while reminding readers in her singularly expressive voice that the "institution" of the church is, at heart, quite simply all about Jesus. This collection of poems, written to be used in worship, in personal devotions, and in discussion groups, is organized to follow the liturgical year from Advent through Easter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664234911
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 06/02/2010
Pages: 149
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ann Weems is a Presbyterian elder, a lecturer, and a popular poet. She is the author of Family Faith Stories, Reaching for Rainbows, Searching for Shalom, Kneeling in Bethlehem, Kneeling in Jerusalem, Psalms of Lament, and Putting the Amazing Back in Grace, all available from WJK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Introduction vii

Before We Speak About the Word of God ix


One More Wall, One More Olive Tree 3

This Time Around 6

Return to Bethlehem 11

Hannah at Prayer 15

The Word of God 17


Angels Still Appear 29

The Promised One, the Expected One, the Messiah 31

The One-Star Night 32

Fly! 33

The UPS Angel 34

What I Want for Christmas 36

January's Song 39

Anything but Ordinary Time

Sticky Note the Church 43

It's about Jesus 44

Choices 47

Anything but Silent 50

Light in Darkness 52

Jesus Is the Door 55

He Is the Way, the Truth, the Life 56

Jesus Is the Living Water 58

There Is But One Whose Name Is Peace 64

Peace, Peace 65

Everyone Wants Peace 68

Prayer for Peace Seekers 70

I No Longer Pray for Peace 72

No2Torture! 73

My Mother's Bible 75

Jesus Is the Bread of Life (Mark 8:14-21) 82

Lo and Behold 87


We All Have Our Courtyards 95

Jesus, God's Beloved Son (Mark 1:9-15) 96

Peter Had Called Him Messiah (Mark 8:31-38) 100

Diluting the Gospel (John 2:13-22) 104

God So Loved the World (John 3:14-21) 109

We Would See Jesus (John 12:20-33) 116

The Anointed One (Mark 14:1-15) 123

Holy Week

Holy Week 133

From Hosanna to Honor, the Only Road to Easter 134

Easter's Morning Light

We Have Seen Jesus (John 20:1-18) 139

Catherine's Poem 145

Don's Poem 146

Eyes Still Filled 147

It's Still about Jesus 148

Benediction 149

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