Thursday, April 24, 2014

All doubt removed

"My Lord and my God"
Thomas’ shout of recognition
able to see Christ
standing before him
all doubt removed
joy, submission,
naming Christ
my Lord and my God


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April 24, 2014
John 20:24-29
“Jesus Appears to Thomas”
John 20:19-31
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for April 24, 2014
read April 24, 2014


All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss at raymondafoss@gmail.com for usage. See all 29,320+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Christ, cross, Faith, God, Lent, love, John 20, Thomas, believe, Methodist, sacrifice, savior,

He said, Peace be with you


God spoke peace
He said, “Peace be with you.”
Peace at the center
the beginning
peace to fill and sustain you
whatever will come
Peace he gave us
peace he gives us
peace at the beginning
the greeting of God.


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April 24, 2014
John 20:24-29
“Jesus Appears to Thomas”
John 20:19-31
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for April 24, 2014
read April 24, 2014


All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss at raymondafoss@gmail.com for usage. See all 29,320+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Peace to center


peace to sustain us
peace He offered
peace to center
to lift us up
peace a blessing
Christ in his greeting
peace He breathed
upon each one of us


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April 24, 2014
John 20:24-29
“Jesus Appears to Thomas”
John 20:19-31
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for April 24, 2014
read April 24, 2014


All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss at raymondafoss@gmail.com for usage. See all 29,320+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The beams of the roof – v2

seeing the church differently
with the eyes of God
its true nature evident
through the eyes of love

the beams of the roof
like the ribs of the hull
the attic like the hold
the space below the waterline

our vessel upside down
the center of the ark
gathered, a sanctuary
we are safe and dry

seeing the church differently
with the eyes of God
its true nature evident
through the eyes of love

together we are safe
within its timbers
the tin the pitch
sealing the inside




edited April 23, 2014
The beams of the roof – v2
April 22, 2014
The beams of the roof
Holy Saturday, climb into the bell tower
Holy Saturday
waiting, preparing the sanctuary for Easter
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 18, 2014
&
Good Friday service
Prayer of confession
Assurance of Forgiveness
Prayer of Thanksgiving
and
Service of Tenebrae –
The Service of Shadows
(with 7 candles)
1. THE SHADOW OF BETRAYAL
Matthew 26:20-25
2. THE SHADOW OF INNER AGONY
Luke 22:40-44
3. THE SHADOW OF LONELINESS
 Matthew 26:40-45
4. THE SHADOW OF DESERTION
Matthew 26:47-50, 55, 56
5. THE SHADOW OF ACCUSATION
Matthew 26:59-67
6. THE SHADOW OF MOCKERY
Mark 15:12-20
7. THE SHADOW OF DEATH
Luke 23:33-46
Hymn: Were You There… (United Methodist Hymnal #288)
FINAL READING
John 1:1-4
led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 18, 2014
&
Good Friday prayer vigil,
including reading of article about crucifixion -
“A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ”
by Dr. C. Truman Davis
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 18, 2014
&
Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 (NRSV)
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)
John 6:47-51 (NRSV)
Psalm 116:1-6, 12-19 (NRSV)
prayer of confession
foot washing
Communion
and Maundy Thursday Reflections,
“A Teachable Moment. . . ”
including paraphrase of John 13:1-17
and John 1:29
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 17, 2014
&
watching film: “The Passion of the Christ”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 16, 2014
&
Palm Sunday
Sermon 14 of “What’s In A Name…”
Sermon Series on “The Sacred Names of God”
Isaiah 53:7-12 (The Message)
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Matthew 20:26-27
(Matthew 21:1-11)
“Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide”
By, Ann Spangler
Names of God and Definitions from Sermon today:
-          Ish Makaboth à Man of Sorrows
song and sacred dance by Erica Berberena
to “Hosanna” by Kirk Franklin
distribution of the palms
Communion
and sermon “Hello My Name is . . . Ish Makaboth”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 13, 2014
. . .
&
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sermon 12 of “What’s In A Name…”
Sermon Series on “The Sacred Names of God”
Isaiah 53:1-9 (The Message)
“The Suffering Servant”
1 Samuel 16:1-13
“God Looks into the Heart”
“Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide”
By, Ann Spangler
Names of God and Definitions from Sermon today:
-          Ebed Yahweh à Servant of God
Communion
and sermon “Hello My Name is . . . Ebed Yahweh”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
March 30, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 29,320+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

In the blanket of the fog – v3

singing to the radio
in remembrance, united
vivid memories, seared
of that day in September

forcing myself to focus
in the blanket of the fog
remembering the towers
on that September morn.


edited April 23, 2014
in the blanket of the fog – v3
(editing original again)
Edited October 6, 2013
in the blanket of the fog – v2
September 11, 2013
in the blanket of the fog
driving to work,
describing that day to our students
at Katahdin Middle High School
12th anniversary of terror attacks
of September 11, 2001
&
Edited September 13, 2012
new poem –
& rampage in Benghazi, September 11, 2011
which led to death of US Ambassador and others
&
Edited September 13, 2012
new poem – “The Memories Flooding Back”
after starting to read poem, “MUCH LIKE TODAY”,
by Chip Bergeron
written September 11, 2012
&
September 11, 2012
new poem – “A Moment Crystallized”
&
post by the Reverend Doctor Amy Butler,
@PastorAmyDC
Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church,
Washington, DC
“A Prayer for Today”
&
Edited September 11, 2012
new poem – “An Audible Gasp”
September 11, 2012
“A Gasp”
written about my experience at
Franklin Pierce Law Center
Concord, NH
on September 11, 2001
in the TV lounge
where we all stayed, transfixed by the images
&
latest 20 poems about
September 11, 2001


All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 29,320+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

gasping for breath

Gasping for breath
to breathe on the cross
praying the Psalms
the words of God
searing pain, anguish
of torture, crucifixion
the hours hanging
on the cross, the tree
before the grave
before, “It was Finished.”

Gasping for breath
to breathe on the cross
praying the Psalms
the words of God
Christ remained faithful
through the pain
fulfilling his purpose
the plan of the Father
staying on the cross
until, “It was Finished.”


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edited/new April 23, 2014
gasping for breath
April 19, 2014
searing pain

Holy Saturday
waiting, preparing the sanctuary for Easter
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 18, 2014
&
Good Friday service
Prayer of confession
Assurance of Forgiveness
Prayer of Thanksgiving
and
Service of Tenebrae –
The Service of Shadows
(with 7 candles)
1. THE SHADOW OF BETRAYAL
Matthew 26:20-25
2. THE SHADOW OF INNER AGONY
Luke 22:40-44
3. THE SHADOW OF LONELINESS
 Matthew 26:40-45
4. THE SHADOW OF DESERTION
Matthew 26:47-50, 55, 56
5. THE SHADOW OF ACCUSATION
Matthew 26:59-67
6. THE SHADOW OF MOCKERY
Mark 15:12-20
7. THE SHADOW OF DEATH
Luke 23:33-46
Hymn: Were You There… (United Methodist Hymnal #288)
FINAL READING
John 1:1-4
led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 18, 2014
&
Good Friday prayer vigil,
including reading of article about crucifixion -
“A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ”
by Dr. C. Truman Davis
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 18, 2014
&
Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 (NRSV)
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)
John 6:47-51 (NRSV)
Psalm 116:1-6, 12-19 (NRSV)
prayer of confession
foot washing
Communion
and Maundy Thursday Reflections,
“A Teachable Moment. . . ”
including paraphrase of John 13:1-17
and John 1:29
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 17, 2014
&
watching film: “The Passion of the Christ”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 16, 2014
&
Palm Sunday
Sermon 14 of “What’s In A Name…”
Sermon Series on “The Sacred Names of God”
Isaiah 53:7-12 (The Message)
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Matthew 20:26-27
(Matthew 21:1-11)
“Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide”
By, Ann Spangler
Names of God and Definitions from Sermon today:
-          Ish Makaboth à Man of Sorrows
song and sacred dance by Erica Berberena
to “Hosanna” by Kirk Franklin
distribution of the palms
Communion
and sermon “Hello My Name is . . . Ish Makaboth”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 13, 2014
. . .
&
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sermon 12 of “What’s In A Name…”
Sermon Series on “The Sacred Names of God”
Isaiah 53:1-9 (The Message)
“The Suffering Servant”
1 Samuel 16:1-13
“God Looks into the Heart”
“Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide”
By, Ann Spangler
Names of God and Definitions from Sermon today:
-          Ebed Yahweh à Servant of God
Communion
and sermon “Hello My Name is . . . Ebed Yahweh”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
March 30, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 29,320+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

The shadow the same – v2

the color of the cloth may differ
black of sorrow, white
for the resurrection
upon the cross
before the church

the color may be different
but the shadow the same
the choice, the cross,
to follow His example
in humble submission
to give completely
in the service of God

sharing the shadow
the continuing mission
Christ’s example
the cross, the light,
the love of God.


edited April 23, 2014
The shadow the same – v2
April 22, 2014
The shadow the same
after Easter, that evening
the color of the cloth changed to white
on the cross in front of the church
but the shadow the same color as with
the black cloth of Good Friday
&
Easter Sunday
Sermon 15 of “What’s In A Name…”
Sermon Series on “The Sacred Names of God”
Jeremiah 23:5-6 (GODs Word Translation)
Jeremiah 31:33 (GODs Word Translation)
Matthew 28:1-10 (English Standard Version)
 “Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide”
By, Ann Spangler
Names of God and Definitions from Sermon today:
-          Yahweh Tsidqenu à The Lord Our Righteousness
Communion
and sermon “Hello My Name is . . . Yahweh Tsidqenu”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 20, 2014
&
Holy Saturday
waiting, preparing the sanctuary for Easter
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 18, 2014
&
Good Friday service
Prayer of confession
Assurance of Forgiveness
Prayer of Thanksgiving
and
Service of Tenebrae –
The Service of Shadows
(with 7 candles)
1. THE SHADOW OF BETRAYAL
Matthew 26:20-25
2. THE SHADOW OF INNER AGONY
Luke 22:40-44
3. THE SHADOW OF LONELINESS
 Matthew 26:40-45
4. THE SHADOW OF DESERTION
Matthew 26:47-50, 55, 56
5. THE SHADOW OF ACCUSATION
Matthew 26:59-67
6. THE SHADOW OF MOCKERY
Mark 15:12-20
7. THE SHADOW OF DEATH
Luke 23:33-46
Hymn: Were You There… (United Methodist Hymnal #288)
FINAL READING
John 1:1-4
led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 18, 2014
&
Good Friday prayer vigil,
including reading of article about crucifixion -
“A Physician’s View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ”
by Dr. C. Truman Davis
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 18, 2014
&
Maundy Thursday
Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 (NRSV)
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)
John 6:47-51 (NRSV)
Psalm 116:1-6, 12-19 (NRSV)
prayer of confession
foot washing
Communion
and Maundy Thursday Reflections,
“A Teachable Moment. . . ”
including paraphrase of John 13:1-17
and John 1:29
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 17, 2014
&
watching film: “The Passion of the Christ”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 16, 2014
&
Palm Sunday
Sermon 14 of “What’s In A Name…”
Sermon Series on “The Sacred Names of God”
Isaiah 53:7-12 (The Message)
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Matthew 20:26-27
(Matthew 21:1-11)
“Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide”
By, Ann Spangler
Names of God and Definitions from Sermon today:
-          Ish Makaboth à Man of Sorrows
song and sacred dance by Erica Berberena
to “Hosanna” by Kirk Franklin
distribution of the palms
Communion
and sermon “Hello My Name is . . . Ish Makaboth”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 13, 2014
. . .
&
Fourth Sunday in Lent
Sermon 12 of “What’s In A Name…”
Sermon Series on “The Sacred Names of God”
Isaiah 53:1-9 (The Message)
“The Suffering Servant”
1 Samuel 16:1-13
“God Looks into the Heart”
“Praying the Names of God: A Daily Guide”
By, Ann Spangler
Names of God and Definitions from Sermon today:
-          Ebed Yahweh à Servant of God
Communion
and sermon “Hello My Name is . . . Ebed Yahweh”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
March 30, 2014

All of my poems are copyrighted by Raymond A. Foss, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 29,320+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.