Corporal Works of Mercy

Abbey Way’s rhythm of Sunday gathering is a bit more casual and relaxed during the summer months of June, July and August. With worship at 10:30 a.m. everyone--young and old--begins by gathering in Elim's Little Chapel. Children age three to third grade are dismissed to their own circle of learning during the sermon and return at communion.

This summer our Sunday lessons during worship will be centered on the Corporal Works of Mercy based in Matthew 25. They are:

  • Feed the hungry

  • Give drink to the thirsty

  • Clothe the naked

  • Shelter the homeless

  • Visit the sick

  • Visit the imprisoned

  • Bury the dead

Come and go deep with us this Summer Season. 

Artwork: Master of Alkmaar, "Seven Works of Mercy," ca. 1504, polyptych, Rijksmuseum,  Amsterdam

Garden by The Liturgists


Thistled ground
Tomb of my love
Heart torn apart
Coming God
Soften the soil
Tend now the scars 

Your love breaks us open
Resurrects a garden
A garden 

‘Love’, you said
Poured out like wine
Broken like bread
Waken us
Enliven our minds
Unearth the dead 

Rend this heart of stone and mend it into flesh
Let your love bring me to life
Yield this hardened earth until a garden spills the ground
And brings us back to life 

Your love breaks us open
Resurrects a garden
A garden

Easter Poem by Lucille Clifton

Spring Song

the green of Jesus

is breaking the ground

and the sweet

smell of delicious Jesus

is opening the house and

the dance of Jesus music

has hold of the air and

the world is turning

in the body of Jesus and

the future is possible

Easter 2017

Invitation of Holy Week

Now let us lovingly spread out on Holy Week's velvet cloth

the most precious jewels of faith our fathers and mothers have given us:

Paschal stories and songs and sacraments.

Let us hear and touch and treasure them:

so brightly sparking with the light of Christ risen,

so calmly dispelling the darkness of hearts and minds,

so gently entombing us and raising us to life.

- St. John's Abbey