Soundings

Want to learn more from different perspectives about our lessons? Soundings is a an opportunity for our Clergy to provide different insights into our readings and scripture. You may not always agree with the Clergy's interpretations. But that is why Soundings was created. To invite thoughtful discussion. You are welcome to email the author of each article to provide your comments. Welcome to Soundings!

Silence Before Worship

By Father David Fisher

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In order to hear your voice clearly, Lord,
I will quiet myself every day.
I'll ignore every sound,
and as silence abounds,
I will hear everword that you say.
--Anne Peterson

Silence is an ocean. Speech is a river.
--Rumi

Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.
--Edith Wharton

His Seasons

By Father David Fisher

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Proper 23, Year B

God hath made sun and moon to distinguish seasons, and day and night, and we cannot have the fruits of the earth but in their seasons; but God hath made no decree to distinguish the seasons of His mercies; in Paradise, the fruits were ripe the first minute, and in Heaven it is always autumn, His mercies are ever in their maturity. We ask our daily bread, and God never says you should have come yesterday. He never says you must again to-morrow, but to-day if ye will hear His voice, to-day He will hear you. If some king of the earth have so large an extent of dominion in north and south, as that he hath winter and summer together in his dominions, so large an extent east and west as that he hath day and night together in his dominions, much more hath God mercy and judgment together; He brought light out of darkness, not out of a lesser light; He can bring thy summer out of winter, though thou have no spring; now God comes to thee, not as in the dawning of the day, not as in the bud of the spring, but as the sun at noon, to illustrate all shadows, as the sheaves in harvest, to fill all penuries, all occasions invite His mercies, and all times are His seasons.

John Donne

The Divine Image

By Father David Fisher

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The Divine Image

by William Blake

To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love/ All pray in their distress;/ And to these virtues of delight/ Return their thankfulness./ For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love/ Is God, our father dear,/ And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love/ Is Man, his child and care./ For Mercy has a human heart,/ Pity a human face,/ And Love, the human form divine,/ And Peace, the human dress./ Then every man, of every clime,/ That prays in his distress,/ Prays to the human form divine,/ Love, Mercy, Pity, Peace./ And all must love the human form,/ In heathen, Turk, or Jew;/ Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell/ There God is dwelling too.

Before the Door of God

By Father David Fisher

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Starting in September 18, I plan to use Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry as a source. Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry is a collection of poems edited by Jay Hopler and Kimberly Johnson. The texts included range from the seventh century BCE (Psalms 6, 8, 23, 42, and 98) to 21st-century devotional lyrics. Here’s a beginning.

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Sound of Sheer Silence

By Father David Fisher

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In I Kings 19, the prophet Elijah is fearful, depressed, and isolated after his victory over the priests of Baal. When King Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets of Baal with the sword, she sent a messenger to Elijah saying, “So may the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life like the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” Then he was afraid; he got up and fled for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah; he left his servant there.

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