Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Work me, teach me, mold me

my stubborn clay
is in Your hands
work me, teach me, mold me
according to Your plan, Lord
my life is a mess
when I move without You
yoke me, guide me, show me
Your perfect plan
work me, teach me, mold me
use me, oh Lord.


August 29, 2014
Work me, teach me, mold me

Matthew 5:8
“Seeing God”
by Jon Gimber
Duck Commander Daily Devotional
typed September 2, 2014
additional notes to follow


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An image of clay

not merely dust
for we have life
an image of clay
on the Potter’s wheel
seeing God as Creator
molding our dust
shaping us for a purpose
informed by love
an image of clay
giving to Him
our flesh feeling
God’s gentle touch

August 29, 2014
typed September 2, 2014
additional notes to follow



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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Into Your Grace – v2

When You opened the door
when You offered connection
when I opened the door
walking into Your embrace
feeling safe in Your arms
falling into Your grace

Love washed over me
life giving water
when I opened Your Word
falling into the living waters
changed from my history
knowing I was being restored

Wanting ever to be guided
to cleave to Your Spirit
calm within my storms
led to share Your message
Your love, Your presence
to and for the whole world

So much bubbling up
a wellspring of words
from the gifts of the Spirit
wanting to submit to You ever
sharing this urgent message
so others may feel Your love


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edited September 1, 2014
Into Your Grace – v2

February 11, 2011
Into Your Grace
new status of
Isaac Kiiza Tibasiima
“And You opened the door for me”
February 10, 2011
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

A New Life – 2 – v2

The door opened
by the victory of Christ
the rising of the sacrifice
from the grave, the tomb,
giving me a new life

Knocking on the door
that I would let him in
a gift we unwrap
not one God forces on us;
in opening the heartstrings
Christ entered in

Changing me utterly
cleansing my heart
though I am still of clay
I struggle to follow
offering me tomorrow
today again a start

To share the loving message
to add my humble voice
being the light to the nations
while remaining dust,
salt of the earth


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edited September 1, 2014
A New Life – 2 – v2

February 11, 2011
A New Life – 2

new status of
Isaac Kiiza Tibasiima
“And You opened the door for me”
February 10, 2011
&
starting Disciple I bible study
Fall 2004
&
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
http://www.umcgiving.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=qwL6KkNWLrH&b=6505209&ct=9039781&notoc=1
Scout Sunday
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Joyful Tears – v3

Tears of joy
welled up
in his heart
spilled down his cheeks
in the pew again
falling down, heavy
the weight within

Frozen Yankee stoicism
melted by the telling
the knowing
of Your Word
and Your love

Safe telling of
ancient stories
of faith, or hope
of love
for all of us

Understood better
by study
and communion
Learning together
deeper meanings
true in His times
and our own.



edited September 1, 2014
Joyful Tears – v3

(editing original again)
edited April 3, 2014
June 26-2005
Joyful Tears
Reflections on Pastor We Hyun Chang's final sermon
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord, NH
and the meaning of 1 Cor. 13:13,
enhanced by participation in the Disciple I bible study.
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord, NH

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Errant Planet – v4

We are perched,
walking on the edge
of an errant planet,
lost in space
off-kilter and dizzy
wobbling off course
in its orbit, spinning

straying from the way
the straight and narrow
the true path, planned,
from the beginning
following baser wants
and primal urges
for eternal life

shielding eyes from the glare
stark light exposing
the flaws, the truth
of the echo, the memory
the Word made flesh
the last real truth
denied then too


edited September 1, 2014
Errant Planet – v4

(editing version 2)
edited September 1, 2014
Errant Planet – v3
(editing original again)
Edited November 17, 2013
Errant Planet – v2
4/27/06 8:50pm
Errant Planet
title drafted 3/15/05 during Disciple I class
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Errant Planet – v3

We are perched, walking on the edge
of an errant planet,
off-kilter and dizzy
spinning like a top
wobbling off course
in its orbit, distracted,
straying from the straight and narrow
the true path, as God intended,
following baser needs
and primal urges
shielding eyes from the glare
the stark light exposing
of the echo, the memory
the Word made flesh
the last truth
denied then too,
put to death


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edited September 1, 2014
Errant Planet – v3

(editing original again)
Edited November 17, 2013
Errant Planet – v2
4/27/06 8:50pm
Errant Planet
title drafted 3/15/05 during Disciple I class
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord, NH

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Disciple – v2

Disciplined study
And worship
Immersed in the Word
Week upon Week

Words and meaning
Beautiful in the learning
and the language
of hope, of life

Growing together
Closer to God,
And His plan,
For each of us

To serve and work
To make more Disciples
To live out the Great Commission
while here on earth


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edited September 1, 2014
Disciple – v2

May 22, 2005 17:43
Disciple
end of Disciple 1 bible Study
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord, NH
the 32 week class was led
by Rev. Joel Guillemette 
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Covenant - v2

A people, a priesthood,
children of Abraham
And each individual
an invitation to join
With God’s covenant
Beating now,
Under the words
Written on each of our hearts
To follow only Him
And to love one another
As we love ourselves
and as He loves us.


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edited September 1, 2014
Covenant – v2

May 22, 2005 17:48
Covenant
Jeremiah 31:31-34
Matthew 22:36-39
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

I Will – v2

A challenge to us
as we went to the pulpit
each of us coming forward
I Will.

Not the fleeting, fashionable
cute and cuddly – I Do.
No, this isn’t the thing we’re talking about
I Will.

I Will.
Power of God, commitment continuing
Covenant people responding in-kind.
to the call of God

The God of Creation offered Himself
in sacrifice and in Communion
A perpetual relationship,
Loving, nurturing

All we have to do
Is answer His –
I Will –
with our own –
I will.

It is an invitation of grace
first held out for Abraham
now open to all nations
through Jesus Christ,
our Lord and Savior

I will;
Will you?


May 22, 2005 7:16
I Will
statement at end of Disciple 1 bible Study
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord, NH
the 32 week class was led
by Rev. Joel Guillemette  
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

I Will be a Disciple – v2

A few, clear voices,
when asked if they want to be
flames or disciples
some voices hesitant,
some of them clear
but one stood out
different somehow

“I will be a disciple!”,
one of them said.
Somehow different
than I want to be a flame
something to marvel,
to wonder at, even this young

“I will”, not I want
a disciple, doubting,
timid, afraid,
being Peter, being Thomas,
being blessed, changed
by the touch of the Holy Spirit
as if by tongues of fire
burning within us


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edited September 1, 2014
I Will be a Disciple – v2

April 28, 2008
I Will be a Disciple
Acts 2:1-12
Pentecost; statement by one of the
Middle High Sunday School members
on who wants to be a disciple and
who wants to be a flame for our skit
&
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Saturated Believing – v6

Think for a minute
as God sees us
made of clay, of dust,
but gifted with inquisitiveness
the ability to ask
to question every moment
and to understand the answer

Our bodies,
like cloth dolls,
immersed in the living waters
of your holy word,
living sacrifices
each week
given for your pleasure



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edited September 1, 2014
Saturated Believing – v6

(editing original version again)
edited April 2, 2014
Saturated Believing – v5
edited March 17, 2014
Saturated Believing – v4
(editing version 2)
edited March 16, 2014
Saturated Believing – v3
(editing original again)
edited March 15, 2014
Saturated Believing – v2
August 21, 2005 11:00
Saturated Believing
based on Romans 12:1-8
and the sermon "For God’s Pleasure".
by the Reverend Joel Guillemette
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord, NH
&
edited March 15, 2014
saturate my heart – v2
March 15, 2014
saturate my heart
song and worship led by Kim McKay White
at Gifts of the Holy Spirit Conference
Empowering Life Ministries
March 14, 2014 and March 15, 2014
led by Lois Flewelling
Houlton, ME
&
March 14, 2014
-          breach my walls
-          invade my body
-          as water through a membrane
-          wash through me
-          may your love fill me
Ephesians 4:19b (The Voice)
“God, may Your fullness flood through their entire beings.”
Philippians 4:13 (NRSV)
Ephesians 3:14-21
“The Love of Christ” (NCV)
(but read in The Voice bible)
Upper Room Daily Devotional
“The Strength of God’s Presence”
by Mabel Marin
for March 14, 2014
read March 14, 2014
Upper Room Daily Devotional
for March and April 2014
&
edited July 14, 2012
“Like our mother’s womb”
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2012/07/like-our-mothers-womb.html
July 18, 2010
“Surrounded by God’s Love”
http://raymondafoss.blogspot.com/2010/07/surrounded-by-gods-love.html
&
Matthew 3:13-17
Romans 6:3-5
Isaiah 40:28-31 (Call to Worship)
Worship Theme: “Baptism, the First Sacrament”
and sermon, “Even Jesus Could not Do It Alone”
by Reverend Huntley Halvorson
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
July 18, 2010
Eighth Sunday after 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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Disciple 1 – v2

Doing the Master’s work
Indwelling Spirit
Servant to our neighbors
Called by the Savior
Inspired by the saints before us
Paul led the way forward
Lord look down on us
Ever hear our prayers


edited September 1, 2014
Disciple 1 – v2

February 2, 2007 22:11
Disciple 1
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

never in your word

when I was a pre-teen
just back from Minnesota
from Lake Minnetonka
I sat at my great-grandfather’s desk
in the dormer, in my room
with a spiral notebook open
I sat there reading the NRSV
wanting to hear your voice
not liking the Good News
trying to translate the bible
into a more modern verse

the notebook long lost
a task not really begun,
much less completed
that was the last time
I sought out your voice, truly
I left your word behind me
as the way got hard
I didn’t seek your guidance
I became caught by the world
not until thirty years later
did I open your word

suddenly, reading, discussing,
a newly-minted attorney
for the first time in my life,
ever, really, more
than thirty years later
more than You would have wanted
while I had been out in the world
entering the Word
picking up the bible
the words of life
changing my path


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edited/new September 1, 2014
never in your word

September 1, 2014
entering the word
starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.


entering the word

for the first time
in my life, ever,
forty-four years later
than You would have wanted
entering the Word
picking up the bible
the words of life
changing my path


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September 1, 2014
entering the word

starting Disciple 1 bible study
September 2, 2004
the first time I had read the bible
as an adult, or really at all…

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 32,150+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

a vessel of the Spirit – v2

there is joy within me
knowing the power
the Spirit residing within me
knowing I have a purpose
to be used in love

when I get out of the way
turning from the word
feeling the Spirit in me
a vessel of the Spirit
a temple of God

I am part of the body
the living body of Christ
given gifts for Your glory
wanting to serve You fully
when I turn from the way


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edited August 31, 2014
a vessel of the Spirit – v2

May 23, 2014
a vessel of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-25
“Not by My Power”
devotion by Kay Robertson
for May 23, 2014
read May 23, 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. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 32,120+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.