Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

In His Lifetime Jesus Taught Us


(Covid 19)

Tune: MANNHEIM 878787
Melody from a chorale
by Friedrich Filitz 1804-76
Adaptation attributed Lowell Mason 1792-1872

1. In his lifetime Jesus taught us
To observe and then reflect
On the laws that nature teaches
If we pause and then inspect,
Be it  plant or bird or seed life,                      *
To affirm or to reject.
2. In the midst of fear and dying
What can Covid nineteen teach?
Wherein lies its wak’ning wisdom?
What new truth can we now reach?
Every process holds a wisdom
That is nature’s form of speech.
3. We had thought small has a value
Less than large when it’s assessed
Yet a microscopic virus
Can unleash what now seems cursed
Teaching us what seemed important
Can no longer quench our thirst.
4. Free and open market theory
Says that more is always best.
Competition will protect us
From the plight of all the rest
But as viral plague was spreading
Rich and poor became it’s nest.
5. When the lives of all are threatened
Kindness soon becomes the norm
Binding all of us together
As we ride the viral storm
For the Way of Jesus leads us
To embrace what’s wise and warm.

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*Matt. 6/28 Luke 12/24 Matt. 13/31 Text © William Livingstone Wallace

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