Wednesday, December 17, 2014

recapturing a sense of wonder – v2

God’s acts inspiring
in life, in creation
beauty unfolding
some great, some small
if we have eyes to see them
the world sings Hallelujah
praise to our Lord
our sovereign, our God,
recapturing a sense of wonder
reverence and awe

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edited December 17, 2014
recapturing a sense of wonder – v2

January 26, 2012
recapturing a sense of wonder
Psalm 111
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
January 23, 2012 to January 29, 2012,
“Words of Authority”
by Nell Noonan
scripture and meditation for January 25, 2012
read January 25, 2012

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 34,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

written in the book of love – v3

That we would be His disciples
not judging our neighbors;
offering love, kindness
in the name of our Lord
even to the stranger

That we would be humble
gracious to our sister, our brothers
to all those we meet;
that our name would be written
in God’s book of love

Messengers ever
light, salt in the world;
witnesses here
God’s holy people
here on this earth

Going in His name
the One who was sent;
going as the Spirit sends us
commissioned and anointed
to the ends of the earth


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edited December 17, 2014
written in the book of love – v3

edited April 2, 2014
written in the book of love – v2
June 25, 2011
written in the book of love
note of Cynthia Good
on Keith Olbermann Special Comment
and
Passage of gay marriage bill in New York last night
&
posting on my Facebook page
“my 'heart' sinks with your continued association with the United Methodist church. God's Word clearly says that the Lord’s command is no females are allowed to be leaders. 1 Cor. 14:33-38; 1 Tim 2:12-3:12. Violating God's Word is not a recommended path to follow.”
&
verdict and judgment in Love on Trial,
the case against the Reverend Amy DeLong,
&
John 8:1-11
&
Samuel Thompson’s
Inclusion Essay
shared at the New England United Methodist Church
Annual Conference
in response to call by Reconciling Ministries Network
for essays describing, “My vision for an inclusive church”,
June 10, 2011
&
in part inspired by conversations with
the Reverend John Makokha
Riruta UMC
Children of Africa Hope Mission Project in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. http://rirutaumc.homestead.com/children_of_africa.html
&
Matthew 25:31-46
The Sheep and the Goats
&
Matthew 28:18-20
Great Commission
&
Matthew 10:40-42
2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16
Psalm 13
Worship Theme: “All Are Welcome”
and sermon: “Ambassadors for God”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
June 26, 2011
Second Sunday in Pentecost

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 34,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

The sense of the Unseen – v3

Something more out there
the certainty there is
what we know but cannot see
what is there still
the sense of the unseen

knowing it is there
the root of our faith
all which we believe in
the sense of the unseen
giving us sight

a passion, the fire
the Spirit within
to get up off our seat
to go as we are led
to simply believe


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edited December 17, 2014
The sense of the Unseen – v3

(editing original again)
January 28, 2012
The sense of the Unseen – v2
January 28, 2012
The sense of the Unseen
part of a series of poems,
based on the idea that there are several other senses
besides the sense of Taste, Touch, Hearing, Sight, Smell –
including the sense of Wonder, Beauty, Peace, God’s Presence,
and even the sense of Magic
&
poem, “Recapturing a sense of wonder”,
January 26, 2012
Psalm 111
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
January 23, 2012 to January 29, 2012,
“Words of Authority”
by Nell Noonan
scripture and meditation for January 25, 2012
read January 25, 2012

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 34,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

the power of the cross - 2

the power of the cross
was lost on the disciples
though they had journeyed
for three years
He even told them
a few hours earlier
when He changed
the ancient words
of the Passover meal
and He took the cup
and He said to them
this is the cup
of the new covenant
my body broken
my cup spilled
poured out for many
for the forgiveness of sin
Too much for them
no comprehension
the disciples running away
not toward the cross

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December 17, 2014
the power of the cross - 2

Advent book study:
Luke 2:33-35
prophecy of Simeon
Chapter 2: “The Piercing of Mary’s Soul”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
2nd Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “Mary”
(as performed by Shyanne Foss,
who, like Mary, is 14 years old)
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2014
&
Acts 1:8-14
referenced article about Black Friday death in 2008
(and website for Black Friday Deaths - http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/)
Introduction and
Chapter 1. “Beginning with the End”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
earlier books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”
&
24 Hours That Changed the World

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 34,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Did the words of the angel

did the words of the angel
the gifts of the Magi
the prophecy of Simeon
did it all make sense
did Mary understand
all the words of scripture
being played out
as she stood at His feet
at the foot of the cross
did it all make sense
or was she lost
like the disciples
not sure, uncertain,
what any of this meant

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December 17, 2014
Did the words of the angel

Advent book study:
Luke 2:33-35
prophecy of Simeon
Chapter 2: “The Piercing of Mary’s Soul”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
2nd Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “Mary”
(as performed by Shyanne Foss,
who, like Mary, is 14 years old)
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2014
&
Acts 1:8-14
referenced article about Black Friday death in 2008
(and website for Black Friday Deaths - http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/)
Introduction and
Chapter 1. “Beginning with the End”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
earlier books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”
&
24 Hours That Changed the World

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 34,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

describing Jesus

describing Israel
describing Jesus
Isaiah’s Suffering Servant
lived out
describing Jesus
the path He followed
the steps He traveled
fulfilling all prophecy
within the Word.

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December 17, 2014
describing Jesus

Advent book study:
Luke 2:33-35
prophecy of Simeon
Chapter 2: “The Piercing of Mary’s Soul”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
2nd Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “Mary”
(as performed by Shyanne Foss,
who, like Mary, is 14 years old)
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2014
&
Acts 1:8-14
referenced article about Black Friday death in 2008
(and website for Black Friday Deaths - http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/)
Introduction and
Chapter 1. “Beginning with the End”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
earlier books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”
&
24 Hours That Changed the World

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 34,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

what did Mary know

what did Mary know
by the time she reached Golgotha
the place of the skull
did she understand Christ’s words
the gifts of the Magi
did Simeon’s words
ring in her ears
what did Mary know
by the time she reached Golgotha
did she see the connection
to the words of Isaiah
that Christ’s whole life
had been written in scripture

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December 17, 2014
what did Mary know

Advent book study:
Luke 2:33-35
prophecy of Simeon
Chapter 2: “The Piercing of Mary’s Soul”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
2nd Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “Mary”
(as performed by Shyanne Foss,
who, like Mary, is 14 years old)
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2014
&
Acts 1:8-14
referenced article about Black Friday death in 2008
(and website for Black Friday Deaths - http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/)
Introduction and
Chapter 1. “Beginning with the End”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
earlier books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”
&
24 Hours That Changed the World

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 34,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Christ died in fulfillment

Christ died in fulfillment
of God’s holy plan
it wasn’t an accident
a random occurrence
it happened as written
foretold in scripture
ancient words lived out
in the journey of Jesus
growing within Mary
to the rising from the tomb
all fulfilled according to God’s plan

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December 17, 2014
Christ died in fulfillment

Advent book study:
Luke 2:33-35
prophecy of Simeon
Chapter 2: “The Piercing of Mary’s Soul”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
2nd Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “Mary”
(as performed by Shyanne Foss,
who, like Mary, is 14 years old)
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2014
&
Acts 1:8-14
referenced article about Black Friday death in 2008
(and website for Black Friday Deaths - http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/)
Introduction and
Chapter 1. “Beginning with the End”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
earlier books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”
&
24 Hours That Changed the World

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 34,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

He laid it down

His life, His body
He climbed the cross
He wasn’t forced upon it
Christ knew completely
each lash, each step
Christ went to Jerusalem
when His time had come

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December 17, 2014
He laid it down

Advent book study:
Luke 2:33-35
prophecy of Simeon
Chapter 2: “The Piercing of Mary’s Soul”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
2nd Sunday of Advent
Advent Sermon Series: The Voices of Advent, “I was there…”
Luke 1:26-38 (KJV)
Voices of Advent – “I was there…”
dramas by Ross Olson
sermon/message – “Mary”
(as performed by Shyanne Foss,
who, like Mary, is 14 years old)
worship led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 7, 2014
&
Acts 1:8-14
referenced article about Black Friday death in 2008
(and website for Black Friday Deaths - http://blackfridaydeathcount.com/)
Introduction and
Chapter 1. “Beginning with the End”
Not A Silent Night
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
earlier books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”
&
24 Hours That Changed the World

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 34,530+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.