Friday, August 29, 2014

Working the Imperfections – v2

Lovingly, working the imperfections
the bubbles, the things that don’t belong
refining, molding, changing
The clay from the earth, seeing a vision
of what is to be, what it is to become
starting anew, the Potter at the wheel
Reshaping, touching the clay

His hands guiding, the dance of creation
the vessel forming, turning, pulled upward
becoming itself, what was hidden within
Glazed, fired, given the quickening of life
the breath of the Potter onto, into the clay
the shine of the finish, reflecting His face
each complete, in the image of God


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edited August 29, 2014
Working the Imperfections – v2

December 4, 2009
Working the Imperfections
Genesis 1:1-2:4a
Genesis 2:4b-25
the tension between the two traditions
giving us two creation stories
Ecclesiastes 12:7
Jeremiah 18:1-4
&
via email conversation 12/4/09
with artist and teacher
Carol Childress,
author of blog, “Choosing Joy”,

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Working the Clay – v2

The warmth of Your hands
My Father, Creator, the Potter,
the feel of Your touch, Your care
Your strength, Your love
turning the wheel, the balance,
the lump of clay, my shape, my body
my form, my purpose, my calling
rising from the surface
the completed vessel within the clay
taking shape, in His hands
changing, growing, becoming clearly
called from the clay, the earth
my innermost being, that part hidden,
in my mother’s womb, where I was created,
my days numbered, my thoughts known
my life charted, crafted, molded
within Your hands


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edited August 29, 2014
Working the Clay – v2

January 16, 2009
Working the Clay
based on comment left on christianpoetry.com
about my poem, Clay on the Wheel
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Clay on the Wheel

My life, clay on the wheel
feeling the touch of the potter
molding, reshaping, changing me
constantly pliable, moist,
never yet fired, hardened
ever malleable, changing,
never finished in this life

His fingers, prints on my flesh
changed by the creator, the potter
giving my life over to Him
clay on His wheel,
submitting to His will
may I ever be thus

October 15, 2008
Clay on the Wheel
Psalm 138
Jeremiah 18:1-4
Jeremiah 18:1-12

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Your servant, your child, your clay – v2

Oh Lord, my Father
crying in the night
wanting to be with You
worthy in Your sight
Your servant, Your child, Your clay
molded, changing,
turning in Your hand
wanting to be with You
seeking Your blessing
so many gifts given
wanting to give
eager to listen
to see Your path
yet blind, deaf
failing to hear, to listen,
to grasp my path
needing reminders
direction, real vision
Your voice speaking
whispering, musing
shouting within me


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edited August 29, 2014
Your servant, your child, your clay – v2

January 13, 2012
Your servant, your child, your clay
1 Samuel 3:1-9
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
January 9, 2012 to January 9, 2012,
“The Word and Our Word”
by Marilyn Brown Oden
scripture and meditation for January 12, 2012
read January 12, 2012
&
1 Samuel 3:10-20
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
January 9, 2012 to January 9, 2012,
“The Word and Our Word”
by Marilyn Brown Oden
scripture and meditation for January 9, 2012
read January 9, 2012

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Within the body of my clay – v2

Within the body of my clay
the hope I hold dear, within me,
the love of Christ come down
the grace of Almighty God

The power to heal
to turn the world around forever
nothing of my own doing
only through Jesus Christ


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edited August 29, 2014
Within the body of my clay – v2

December 5, 2010
Within the body of my clay
2 Corinthians 4:1-10 (NRSV)
Isaiah 11:1-9 (TEV)
Luke 2:22-32 (TEV)
Luke 2:14 (bulletin cover)
Luke 19:41 (worship theme)
Responsive Prayer
(“Call to Worship #3”,
Year B, Second Sunday of Advent,
December 7, 2008, Order of service written by
the Rev. Nancy Townley, Abingdon author.)
Worship Theme: “If only you knew the way to peace”
and sermon, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
December 5, 2010
Second Sunday of Advent

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Within My Clay – v2

Held within my clay
the treasure of my faith
my belief in Christ
the coming of the King

The Advent season
waiting for our God
in the presence of the babe,
in the King upon the clouds

The Spirit moving
guiding my feet;
leading me to the manger
to the cross, out into the world

Within my clay
the treasure of my faith,
needing to be shared
with everyone on earth


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edited August 29, 2014
Within My Clay – v2

December 7, 2010
Within My Clay
2 Corinthians 4:1-10 (NRSV)
Isaiah 11:1-9 (TEV)
Luke 2:22-32 (TEV)
Luke 2:14 (bulletin cover)
Luke 2:8-14
Luke 19:41 (worship theme)
Responsive Prayer
(“Call to Worship #3”,
Year B, Second Sunday of Advent,
December 7, 2008, Order of service written by
the Rev. Nancy Townley, Abingdon author.)
Advent Candle Liturgy, by Dean McIntyre (with Psalm 72:1-7)
Children’s Message based on Matthew 1:21-23
Worship Theme: “If only you knew the way to peace”
and sermon, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
December 5, 2010
Second Sunday of Advent

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With My Feet of Clay – v2

Walking in this world
with my feet of clay;
knowing I am called
to be salt today

Not losing my sense
my surety of my poverty,
the sin that was my sentence,
my judgment in this life

Speaking out for them
that I may be light;
sharing the love
doing what is right

Listening to the words
that come into my heart;
aching for my brothers, my sisters
those who are crying out

Speaking because I must
taking up their cause;
their cries for freedom
resonating in my heart

With my feet of clay
coming from the earth,
though I am salt,
lifting the people up

The cry, light
up on the lampstand;
hoping they will taste freedom,
free in their homeland


edited August 29, 2014
With My Feet of Clay – v2

February 19, 2011
With My Feet of Clay
on the transformations since the beginning of January -
all the protests in Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya,
Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Djibouti, Mauritania, Senegal, etc.
and
especially the resignation of Hosni Mubarak
February 11, 2011
&
and the jubilance in Tahrir Square
versus the bloodshed in Bahrain and Libya, etc.
February 18, 2011
&
hearing claim by President Obama 2/15/2011
in a news conference that when history books tell it
we will be seen as being on the right side of history
in how the United States responded
&
Post on Twitter by Wael Ghonim
“Our Revolution was like Wikipedia”
February 14, 2011
&
Post on Twitter by Wael Ghonim
 “This is Revolution 2.0: No one was a hero because everyone was a hero.
February 13, 2011
and see
A Prayer for the People of Egypt (February 3, 2011)
by Safiyah Fosua
&
Matthew 5:13-20 (NRSV)
(and Matthew 5:1-12, Beatitudes)
John 6:51 (Call to Worship)
Isaiah 58.6-12 (NRSV)
John 13:34-35 and Ephesians 4:4-6
(“They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love”, The Faith We Sing #2223)
Micah 6:8
(“We Are Called”, The Faith We Sing #2172)
Call to Worship (John 6:51)
Prayer of Confession
Prayer of Dedication
Worship Theme: “A Meal for All People”
and sermon, “Salty Christians”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
February 6, 2011
Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

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With Humble Feet of Clay – v2

Walking day to day
upon this good earth
safe in my Savior
though I am weak

With humble feet of clay
I journey in this life
only in my Savior
do I feel safe

Leaning on God’s strength
on Christ do I stand
at peace, held
in His loving hand


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edited August 29, 2014
With Humble Feet of Clay – v2

June 25, 2010
With Humble Feet of Clay
Isaac Kiiza Tibasiima’s
Gmail status
“My hiding place, my safe refuge. . . “
read June 25, 2010
&
Exodus 33:22
1 Kings 19:5-18
1 Kings 19:11

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When the clay loves like Christ – v2

We will do greater things
we will be like Christ;
we will do as He has done
when the clay loves like Christ

Maybe this is what He meant
how we could do greater things;
when we love as He does
making Christ our home

When the clay loves like Christ
what a day that will be;
the kingdom here
for all to see


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edited August 29, 2014
When the clay loves like Christ – v2

February 16, 2012
When the clay loves like Christ
bible study with Jean Anocibar on February 15, 2012
John 14:1:4
John 14:5-14
John 14:15-31
Galatians 6:9-10
James 1:2-3
Matthew 7:25-34
James 1:5-6
1 Corinthians 13:2
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
1 Corinthians 3:16
1 Corinthians 6:19
2 Corinthians 6:16
James 3:13-17
bible study with Jean Anocibar on February 9, 2012
John 13:34
John 13:31-35
John 13:31-38
John 13:31
Luke 10:25-29
Good Samaritan
Leviticus 19:18
bible study with Jean Anocibar on February 2, 2012
Hebrews 2:5-18
Jesus made fully human

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We are the Clay – v2

Our focus lost
when we focus on ourselves
when we see us as the Creator
forgetting our station
that we are the clay
and God is the Potter
that our life is a whisper
a mere breath of time
that we are to be the servant
the vessels, sharing God’s love
God’s grace poured out
to be given away
as we are able
as we have been gifted
not to curry favor
but to be faithful
following Christ’s example
out into the world
messengers of Christ
making disciples,
sharing love, His light,
to the ends of the earth


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edited August 29, 2014
We are the Clay – v2

August 5, 2010
We are the Clay
Luke 12:13-21
Colossians 3:1-4
Psalm 107:1-3 (Call to Worship)
Unison Prayer:
“Eternal God, we have come this day to be with you,
to talk with you, to listen to you, to hear your voice,
to rest in your embrace. Help us to put aside the worries
we have, even if only for this time with you, so that
we may be wholly yours. In Jesus name. Amen”
Worship Theme: “Sharing our blessings”
and sermon, “It’s Nice to Share. . . ”
by Pastor Ruth L. Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog 
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
August 1, 2010
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
&
Gmail status of Isaac Kiiza Tibisiima
&
Psalm 100:1-3 (NLT) (Call to Worship)
&
Colossians 2:6-10, 16-19 (The Message)
Colossians 2:6-19 (The Message)
Luke 11:9-11 (NLT)
Worship Theme: “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing”
and sermon, “Buyer Beware”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
July 25, 2010
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

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We are Clay of God’s Earth – v2

No more than dust, ashes
merely clay of God’s earth
made alive by His touch, His hand
gathered and molded
shaped for God’s purpose
Merely clay of His earth
given meaning, identity
His children on earth

No more than dust, ashes
given life by God’s breath
The Spirit abiding
as we live in the vine
His creation, His people
all people on earth
God wants to give us life
Given life by God’s breath


edited August 29, 2014
We are Clay of God’s Earth – v2

edited July 12, 2012
“We are Clay of God’s Earth”
edited July 12, 2012
“Clay of his earth – v2”
July 11, 2012
new poem, “Clay of his earth”
similar them to earlier poem:
“We are God’s Workmanship”
March 22, 2012Ephesians 2:10
Ephesians 2:8-10
Ephesians 2:1-10
Made Alive in Christ
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
March 12, 2012 to March 18, 2012,
“Are We There Yet?”
by Bill Dockery
scripture and meditation for March 17, 2012
read March 17, 2012
&
Ephesians 2:1-7
Ephesians 2:1-10
Made Alive in Christ
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
March 12, 2012 to March 18, 2012,
“Are We There Yet?”
by Bill Dockery
scripture and meditation for March 16, 2012
read March 16, 2012
&
Ephesians 1, Ephesians 2, Ephesians 3
90 day New Testament Bible Study
read August 16, 2011

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Wanting to be clay – v2

My heart wants to be clay
to be open to change
to turn to the calling
of the Potter, of God;
but sometimes I am stone
my pride in the way
hard when I should be giving
submissive to God
giving my life as an offering
wanting to give my all


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edited August 29, 2014
Wanting to be clay – v2

August 17, 2011
Wanting to be clay
Bible study with Jean Anocibar August 17, 2011
John 4:1-26
Samaritan Woman at the Well
&
Matthew 5:6
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
Matthew 5:1-10
Beatitudes
Romans 4
Romans 5
Romans 12:1
Romans 12:2
Romans 12:1-2
1 Corinthians 3:5-9

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Turning My Clay – v2

On the wheel, turning
turning my clay
shaping me once again
when I submit to Him
to His touch, our God
the Potter, creating
making me more holy
oh Lord, thus I pray
Work on me, reshape me
I want to change
pull me from the world;
Christ offering me salvation
showing me the way


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edited August 29, 2014
Turning My Clay – v2

November 16, 2011
Turning My Clay
bible study with Jean Anocibar
John 11:1-16
The Death of Lazarus
John 11:17-37
Jesus Comforts the Sisters
John 11:38-44
Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead
November 16, 2011


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Trusting the Potter – v3

Our clay on the wheel
trusting the Potter
the working of His hands
the children honoring the Father
the created to the Maker
giving our lives over
to His loving hands
Our clay back on the wheel
each time we stumble
the hands of the Potter
redeeming our clay


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edited August 29, 2014
Trusting the Potter – v3

edited August 29, 2014
Trusting the Potter – v2
August 25, 2010
Trusting the Potter
Isaiah 45
Isaiah 48
Isaiah 48:6:11
Isaiah 46:1-4
Isaiah 46
Isaiah 46:8-13
Isaiah 45-49
Heartlight’s Straight Through Bible Study
for August 18, 2010, read August 25, 2010

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Trusting the Potter – v2

Our clay on the wheel
trusting the Potter
the working of His hands
the children honoring the Father
the created to the Maker
giving our lives over
to His loving hands


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edited August 29, 2014
Trusting the Potter – v2

August 25, 2010
Trusting the Potter
Isaiah 45
Isaiah 48
Isaiah 48:6:11
Isaiah 46:1-4
Isaiah 46
Isaiah 46:8-13
Isaiah 45-49
Heartlight’s Straight Through Bible Study
for August 18, 2010, read August 25, 2010

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Treasure in Earthen Vessels – v2

Maybe even clay jars are too refined
we don’t yet have the glaze
maybe the words of scripture
holy treasure in earthen vessels
made of the stuff of this troubled earth
born with flaws, sin pervading us
only when filled are we redeemed

The simple earthen vessels, broken,
our cracked bodies, bruised, strained spirits
yearning to breathe free
only when God descends
when Christ fills us
only when the treasure rains down
and fills us from on high

Then we are worthy
even in our sorry state
washed clean by our sacrifice
by his sacrifice of blood
then we share, we shine, we are able
to offer hope to the world
to the ends of the earth


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edited August 29, 2014
Treasure in Earthen Vessels – v2

December 8, 2010
Treasure in Earthen Vessels
2 Corinthians 4:1-10 (NRSV)
Isaiah 11:1-9 (TEV)
Luke 2:22-32 (TEV)
Luke 2:14 (bulletin cover)
Luke 2:8-14
Luke 19:41 (worship theme)
Responsive Prayer
(“Call to Worship #3”,
Year B, Second Sunday of Advent,
December 7, 2008, Order of service written by
the Rev. Nancy Townley, Abington author.)
Advent Candle Liturgy, by Dean McIntyre (with Psalm 72:1-7)
Children’s Message based on Matthew 1:21-23
Worship Theme: “If only you knew the way to peace”
and sermon, “Blessed Are the Peacemakers”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
December 5, 2010
Second Sunday of Advent

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Treasure in flawed clay – v2

We are broken, chipped
yet God chooses us
as Christ chose the fishermen

God’s message is with us
written on our hearts
wanting to share
this treasure within us
in our flawed clay

Our bodies are all too human
yet in spite of our weakness
God’s message shines through


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edited August 29, 2014
Treasure in flawed clay – v2

August 7, 2011
Treasure in flawed clay
2 Corinthians 4:7-18 (NRSV Bible)
Job 16:1-5 (NRSV Bible)
Psalm 96:1-6 (NRSV Bible)(Call to Worship)
Communion
Worship Theme: “Why do bad things happen?”
Children’s Time
and sermon: “In My Weakness I am Strong”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
August 7, 2011
Ninth Sunday of Pentecost
&
Acts 11:2-18 (NRSV Bible)
1 Peter 3:8-9, 15 (NRSV Bible)
Psalm 118:19-20, 24 (NRSV Bible)(Call to Worship)
Worship Theme: “We are all one Family of God”
Children’s Time
and sermon: “I Got Your Back!”
by Pastor Ruth L. Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
July 31, 2011
Eighth Sunday of Pentecost
&
Genesis 1:1-8
Matthew 22:16b-17, 21b-22
Unison Prayer
“Loving, Merciful God, giver of all knowledge,
we thank you for your Spirit, here among us.
We ask for eyes to see you at work in our lives
and the lives of others, ears to hear the words
you have for us, and a heart that is open to
your love and grace. It is truly good to be in
the house of the Lord! Amen.”
Worship Theme: “God’s Wisdom”
Children’s Time
and sermon: “We don’t know everything?”
by Pastor Ruth L. Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
July 24, 2011
Seventh Sunday of Pentecost
&
church sign, “Hanging Out with Jesus”
July 17, 2011
&
Luke 15:1-2
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
“This man (Jesus) welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Galatians 5:22-23 (GOD’s WORD Translation)
Psalm 92:1-2 (GOD’s WORD Translation)(Call to Worship)
Worship Theme: “What kind of people did Jesus hang with?”
and sermon: “When Christians Are Un-Christian”
by Pastor Ruth L. Foss
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
July 17, 2011
Sixth Sunday of Pentecost
&
Sermon series by the Reverend Adam Hamilton
 “When Christians Get It Wrong”

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