Poetry, praise and prayer: Church Service Society lecture 26th August 2021

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This, the Presidential Address of 2021, discusses the way poetry can enhance people’s experience of worship and argues that it needs space and time to have its effect, as opposed simply appearing as a quotation during a sermon. Although hymns and poems are not the same, the latter can become a hymn, but only if it has certain qualities. Some examples are examined. Hymns can also become poems, read in the right context. Poetry may always open up our prayers, either on their own or as woven into a longer prayer – indeed it helps us understand the nature of prayer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages3-16
Number of pages14
Volume56
Specialist publicationThe Record
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2022

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