Monday, August 03, 2015

drink from the spring – v3

Return to God
from your own devises;
Change your ways
follow Christ.
Drink from the spring
from God’s living water;
Pure, joy,
there is life in the water.

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edited August 3, 2015
drink from the spring – v3

(editing original)
edited March 11, 2014
drink from the spring – v2
March 4, 2014
drink from the spring
Jeremiah 2:13
“My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
    the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
    broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (NIV)
Jeremiah’s Corner
Jeremiah 29:11
led by Ellen Alward Dickinson
presentation:
"I know I trust Jesus, so why am I anxious"? An ongoing journey of putting trust into practice(and a little bit about Celebrate Recovery)
presented by Rev. Travis Glatter,
Assoc. Pastor of Military Street Baptist Church
and ministry leader of Celebrate Recovery (in Houlton)
Music & Worship led by Mari & Travis Glatter
&
opening prayer by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
March 3, 2014

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Do I See God – v3

If I am made in God’s image
do I see God, His love
in my image, in the mirror?
I am not merely clay, dust
God is in the look
the sparkle in my eye
the smile upon my face.
A piece of God is with me
in the mirror, in myself;
God walks with me
in my walk here on earth.

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edited August 3, 2015
Do I See God – v3

(editing version 2)
edited March 3, 2014
Do I See God - v2
May 23, 2013
Do I See God
quote by Rumi,
“God is in the look of your eyes”
read by Shirley Vezina
inspired by reading at Poets’ Corner
monthly poetry reading,
at the Suncook Senior Center
May 6, 2013

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Purposely Choosing – v2

In the world,
but of the Spirit,
made of clay, flesh,
but belonging to Christ;
We must be mindful
of the continuing struggle,
the battle for good and evil
for the desires of our heart

Needing to cleave to the Spirit
the voice of God
welling up in us
guiding our steps;
purposely choosing
to be faithful
the way of the cross
guiding our walk

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edited August 3, 2015
Purposely Choosing – v2

June 28, 2010
Purposely Choosing
Galatians 5:22-25
Galatians 5:1, 13-25
and
and
Upper Room Disciplines for 2010
for June 21, 2010 to June 27, 2010,
“Trust in Times of Trial”
by Neil T. Oosthuizen
for June 27, 2010,
read June 28, 2010
&
Luke 5:17-26 (New Living Translation)
Galatians 5:1, 13-25 (Contemporary English Version)
Worship Theme: “How do we know when it’s our time”
and sermon, “For a Time Such As This. . .”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
June 27, 2010
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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holding treasure in clay jars – v3

Ever holding the gifts,
within our bodies,
the grace of God
the love of Christ
fed by the Spirit

Given new life,
holding treasure in clay jars,
within our bodies
held in our hearts
meant to be shared

To be poured, overflowing,
from the joy in our lives,
the presence of God
the Spirit within us
with us always

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edited August 3, 2015
holding treasure in clay jars – v3

(editing version 2)
edited March 3, 2014
holding treasure in clay jars – v2
February 21, 2014
holding treasure in clay jars
February 21, 2014
God forgives us in our mess
Genesis 1:1-8
Upper Room Daily Devotional
“Chaos”
by the Rev. Dr. Brad Reeves
for February 20, 2014
read February 20, 2014
for January and February 2014

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our life to be poured

Our life to be poured
from our clay jars;
Vessels for a purpose
to anoint the Christ.

Do we fall before Him
do we wash His feet;
Are we the perfume,
do we offer our lives.

Are we the perfume
the life, the water;
the offering, the fragrance,
the nard poured on Jesus.

Are we the perfume
an offering fragrant;
Are we poured, extravagant,
a gift to our God.

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renamed/ edited August 3, 2015
our life to be poured

March 3, 2014
our life poured
edited February 24, 2014
Are we the perfume – v3
(editing original again)
Edited November 11, 2013
Are we the perfume – v2
July 20, 2013
Are we the perfume
Luke 7:36-47 (The Message)
Mark 5:21-34 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
Matthew 13:44-46
children’s message
We are precious to God
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “How much does Jesus really matter?”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Sermon 2 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
July 14, 2013
&
Mark 4:35-41 (The Message)
Luke 4:16-21 (Common English Bible)
Matthew 14:22-33
children’s message
We are not alone
by Pastor Ruth Foss
and sermon “Who Is this Captain”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Sermon 1 of Summer Series
“Cruising Sacred Waters with Jesus”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
July 7, 2013

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Come, let us worship – v4

Come, let us worship
our God, our hope eternal,
through the tears, the struggles
the chaos of these days

Come, let us worship
our God, our love unending,
through our hopes, our sorrows
the journey of our faith

Come, let us worship
our God, our life everlasting,
through the trials, the triumphs
the walk of our lives

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edited August 3, 2015
Come, let us worship – v4

(editing original)
edited April 18, 2015
Come, let us worship – v3
(editing original)
March 10, 2012
Come, let us worship – v2
March 10, 2012
Come, let us worship
Psalm 22:27-31
Psalm 22:23-31
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
February 27, 2012 to March 4, 2012,
“Movement toward Covenant”
by John Indermark
scripture and meditation for March 4, 2012
read March 4, 2012
&
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
February 27, 2012 to March 4, 2012,
“Movement toward Covenant”
by John Indermark
scripture and meditation for March 3, 2012
read March 4, 2012

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wash us with the water – v3

Wash us with the water
of God’s Holy Spirit;
Cleanse us with
the Baptism of Christ.

Heal our broken bodies,
our failures of faith;
Strengthen our conscience
God’s Spirit, His voice.

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edited August 3, 2015
wash us with the water – v3

(editing version 2)
edited May 23, 2015
wash us with the water – v2
February 24, 2015
wash us with the water
1 Peter 3:18-22
Genesis 6:1-4 (Noah)
devotion for February 21, 2015
read February 21, 2015
&
Psalm 25:1-10
devotion for February 20, 2015
read February 20, 2015
&
Genesis 9:8-17
God’s covenant with Noah
never to flood the earth
sign of the rainbow
Romans 8:18-25
Philippians 3:21
devotion for February 19, 2015
read February 19, 2015
&
Ash Wednesday
Isaiah 58:1-12
Matthew 6:16
Micah 6:8
devotion for February 18, 2015
read February 18, 2015
&
Psalm 51:1-17
devotion for February 17, 2015
read February 18, 2015
&
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
devotion for February 16, 2015
read February 18, 2015
&
“Walking  through Lent”
for February 16, 2015 to February 22, 2015
by Bishop Tim Whitaker
Upper Room Disciplines for 2015

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even children yet unborn – v3

Sing your praises,
you holy nation,
children of the promise,
children of Abraham.

All of the assembled congregation,
descendants, we are one people,
sharing the message, Good News,
the one hope of the nations.

A holy covenant with us,
hope in our struggles, our trials;
God does what he says.
He will never leave us.

Even children yet unborn,
kicking in the womb,
will share the Good News
that God fulfills His promise.

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edited August 3, 2015
even children yet unborn – v3

(editing original)
edited April 18, 2015
even children yet unborn – v2
March 10, 2012
even children yet unborn
Psalm 22:30-31
Psalm 22:27-31 (The Message)
Psalm 22:23-31
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
February 27, 2012 to March 4, 2012,
“Movement toward Covenant”
by John Indermark
scripture and meditation for March 4, 2012
read March 4, 2012
&
Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
February 27, 2012 to March 4, 2012,
“Movement toward Covenant”
by John Indermark
scripture and meditation for March 3, 2012
read March 4, 2012

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waiting for God to act – v3


sometimes it may seem
that our answers are not coming
our prayers hang in mid-air
waiting, for God’s time
for God’s perfect plan

held in the silence
in the moment of grace
waiting for God to answer
for God to act, to hear us
to answer our prayer

sitting in the silence, in our busy lives
waiting for God impatient
the nature of the beast
wanting to be patient, humble
but with human, itchy feet

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edited August 3, 2015
waiting for God to act – v3

(editing version 2)
edited March 7, 2014
waiting for God to act – v2
February 25, 2014
waiting for God to act
Exodus 24:12-18
“God Promises Moses the Stone Tablets” (NCV)
“Moses Meets God” (NCV)
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for February 25, 2014
read February 25, 2014
February 24, 2014 to March 2, 2014
“Seeking
by Travis Tamerius
&
Exodus 24:12-18
“God Promises Moses the Stone Tablets” (NCV)
Upper Room Disciplines for 2014
for February 24, 2014
read February 24, 2014
February 24, 2014 to March 2, 2014
“Seeking
by Travis Tamerius
&
speech by Martin Luther King, Jr,
April 3, 1968
(last speech, “I have been to the mountaintop”)
&
overview page:
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

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trust, believe

trust, believe
in God, in Me,
in the divine
in God’s presence
Here with us

trust, believe
these words
with deep meaning
in God’s presence
in the love of God

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August 3, 2015
trust, believe

Psalm 121:7
Psalm 121:1-8
John 14:1
John 14:1-3
Celebration of the Life of
Louise Fogg
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
August 1, 2015

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 38,690+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

from harm, from evil

the Lord watches over us
the Lord keeps us from
harm, from evil
from the fires in this life
not that there isn’t struggle
the fires, the waters
certainly are out there
but God protects us,
God walks with us
through the waters
in the fires of this life
the Lord watches over us
the Lord keeps us from
harm, from evil.

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August 3, 2015
from harm, from evil

Psalm 121:7
Psalm 121:1-8
John 14:1
John 14:1-3
Celebration of the Life of
Louise Fogg
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
August 1, 2015

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 38,690+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

willing a miracle – v4

Framing the question
the path of his care;
Not accepting the answer
not this way, not now.

Willing a miracle
not accepting defeat;
Focused on the positive
that He may live.

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edited August 3, 2015
willing a miracle – v4

(editing version 2)
edited December 26, 2014
willing a miracle – v3
edited February 27, 2014
willing a miracle – v2
August 6, 2013
willing a miracle
Jeremiah’s Corner
Jeremiah 29:11
led by Ellen Alward Dickinson
presentation:
“The Power of Making Good Choices”
1.       Reduces Chaos in your life
·         King David and his children
-          Amnon
-          Tamar
-          Absalom
-          King David
2. Allows more control of your environment
·         Rahab
·         Eli and his sons
·         Korah
3. You can decide to affect change
·         Saul/ Paul
by Lois Flewelling
from Empowering Life Ministries
&
Music by
Chuck Loucka
and Chris Loucka
&
opening prayer by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
August 5, 2013

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 38,690+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

nothing impure – v3

Nothing unclean in creation
all from the hand of God;
No one is unworthy
we are saved by the blood of Christ.

Nothing impure truly
all holy in God’s sight;
No one cut off from grace in Christ
we are all worthy of God’s love.

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edited August 3, 2015
nothing impure – v3

(editing version 2)
edited February 27, 2014
nothing impure – v2
April 24, 2013
nothing impure
Acts 11:1-10
“Peter Explains His Actions (NIV)
“God Breaks Through” (The Message)
Acts 11:1-18
see also Acts 10:1-48
Upper Room Disciplines for 2013
April 22, 2013 to April 28, 2013
“All Things New”
by Derrek Belase
for April 24, 2013
read April 24, 2013

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 38,690+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

the God of our present – v3

God is always with us,
healing us, leading,
providing wise counsel
forgiving our sin, today.

The touch of His breath,
God’s Spirit directing
the God of our present,
our walk each day.

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edited August 3, 2015
the God of our present – v3

(editing version 2)
edited February 28, 2014
the God of our present – v2
July 23, 2013
the God of our present
Psalm 85:1-3
Psalm 85:1-13
Psalm 85
Upper Room Disciplines for 2013
July 22, 2013 to July 28, 2013
“Relationship with the Living God”
by Patricia Wilson
for July 23, 2013
read July 23, 2013

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 38,690+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

A clear mind – v2

Washed of our sin
of the addiction’s chains;
A clear mind focused
not fearing the grave.

Cleaved to the Savior,
yoked to Christ;
No longer bound in slavery
a soul saved by grace.

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edited August 3, 2015
A clear mind – v2

February 27, 2014 and February 28, 2014
A clear mind
1 Peter 4:3
“More Than Enough”
devotion by Si Robertson
for February 27, 2014
read February 27, 2014
Duck Commander Daily Devotional
compiled by Alan Robertson

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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 38,690+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.