Poetry can draw our attention to things we hadn't noticed and challenge us to look below the surface. The work of some poets lends itself particularly to use by small groups looking at church life, community and prayer - think of the later poems of John Donne, the work of George Herbert, and TS Eliot's Four Quartets or Journey of the Magi. Most of the poems here were written by ArtServe members and unless stated otherwise may be reproduced and used locally with due acknowledgement to the author.
I have found that to engage in rhythmic activities such as spinning, stitching and weaving allows anxiety and restless thoughts to be stripped away and I am able to be calm and centred in God’s presence. For me, this is prayer.
- Written by Ruth Sprague
Among twenty-first century poets, Godfrey Rust stands out for writing challenging works that provoke us to look at what it really means to live our Christian faith. See for example this poem about being church. You can find more of Godfrey's poems on his website WordsOut. These are freely available to use in worship and study groups provided no financial profit is made from them by a third party and the source is acknowledged. Explore and enjoy.
- Written by Godfrey Rust
These poems are tied to a particular season of the Church year. We hope to continue publishing seasonal poems by ArtServe members throughout the year. If you would like to submit a poem for consideration please email our journal editor.
- Written by David Stolton
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