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Lawn church

Lawn church

The green and blue of tree and sky
mirror themselves in the grass and
Adirondack chairs set toward
our little altar;

birdsong and Sunday blues
from passing traffic echo in
the recitation of a psalm,
a hymn softly sung;

a whisper of a breeze tries to
lift the cloth, as though the Holy
Spirit would scatter
our wafers like manna, grace like dew,
the sacrament of love sown upon
souls gathered on the lawn.


The Revd Rosalind C Hughes is the Rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio, and author of Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent questions for Christians in an age of violence (July 2021), and A Family Like Mine: biblical stories of love, loss, and longing. Read more from Rosalind at rosalindchughes.com.

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