Song of Songs 6.13 and 7.1-13  Return, return, O Shulammite!     Return, return, that we may look upon you. Why should you look upon the Shulammite,     as upon a dance before two armies? How graceful are your feet in sandals,     O queenly maiden! Your rounded thighs are like jewels,     the work of a master hand. Your …

Song of Songs 5.8-16 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,    if you find my beloved,tell him this:    I am faint with love. What is your beloved more than another beloved,    O fairest among women?What is your beloved more than another beloved,    that you thus adjure us? My beloved is all radiant and ruddy,    distinguished among ten thousand. His head …

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Content warning: this reading and the reflection upon it feature violence against women Song of Songs 5.2-7 I slept, but my heart was awake.Listen! my beloved is knocking.‘Open to me, my sister, my love,    my dove, my perfect one;for my head is wet with dew,    my locks with the drops of the night.’ I had put off …

Song of Songs 4.1-16 How beautiful you are, my love,    how very beautiful!Your eyes are doves    behind your veil.Your hair is like a flock of goats,    moving down the slopes of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes    that have come up from the washing,all of which bear twins,    and not one among them is bereaved. Your …

Song of Songs 3.6-11 What is that coming up from the wilderness,     like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,     with all the fragrant powders of the merchant? Look, it is the litter of Solomon! Around it are sixty mighty men     of the mighty men of Israel, all equipped with swords     and expert …

Daily Devotions from the United Reformed Church Worship for Sunday 24th April 2022 The Second Sunday of Easter By Caravaggio – http://www.christusrex.org/www2/art/images/carav10.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6804893The Rev’d David Coleman Introduction  Hello, my name is David Coleman.  Welcome, friends, from Edinburgh, where I’m based as Environmental Chaplain with EcoCongregation  Scotland, a special category ministry of the United …

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Content warning: This reflection will draw connections to racism, colourism and slavery Song of Songs 1.5-8 I am black and beautiful,    O daughters of Jerusalem,like the tents of Kedar,    like the curtains of Solomon. Do not gaze at me because I am dark,    because the sun has gazed on me.My mother’s sons were angry with me;    they made me …

Song of Songs 1.1-4 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!For your love is better than wine,    your anointing oils are fragrant,your name is perfume poured out;    therefore the maidens love you.Draw me after you, let us make haste.    The king has brought me into his chambers.We will …