Sunday, April 26, 2015

we have heard his last words – v2

We have heard His last words
this final sermon of Jesus
We have pondered his words
Christ’s prayer for all of us;
We have considered the power
in His choices, in His submission.
Taking on the weight
of all of our sin.

We have heard His last words
the final sermon of Jesus
We have lingered at the cross
with Mary, with John;
We have heard His message
to the thief, to the others.
There was power
in this act of sacrifice.

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edited April 26, 2015
we have heard his last words – v2

April 10, 2015
we have heard his last words
Easter Sunday!
Surely the Presence
Greetings and Announcements / Opening Prayer
Let The Glory Come Down!
Matthew 28:1-10 (The Message)
John 20:1
John 20:11-16 (Amplified Bible)
Communion
and sermon “The End Is Just the Beginning…”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
“I Believe in Jesus”
“Go To The Rock”
“Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee”
“Fairest Lord Jesus”
Matthew 28:1-10 and
Offertory, “He’s Alive”
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Children’s Message
Communion, “The Old Rugged Cross” and
Because He Lives
closing song, “This Is The Day”
Departing Blessing
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 5, 2015
&
Good Friday service
John 19:30
Luke 23:46
Good Friday Sermon
“Is This The Finally… ?”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Opening prayer, Prayer of confession and
Assurance of Forgiveness
Invitation to Prayer
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 3, 2015
&
Good Friday prayer vigil
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 3, 2015
&
Maundy Thursday
Opening Prayer and 1st reading:
Psalm 116:1-6, 12-19 (NRSV)
2nd reading - Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 (NRSV) and 3rd reading -
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)
4th reading - John 13:1-17, 31b-35
sermon, “Lenten Reflections”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
prayer of confession
“As the Deer”
“More Love, More Power”
“How Beautiful”
foot washing
Communion – part 1
Communion - part 2
Prayer after communion
Benediction
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
April 2, 2015
&
Palm Sunday
John 19:28-29 (The Amplified Bible)
sermon, “What Do We Thirst For? . . .”
video:
text:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Children’s Message – “That slipper snake”
-          Mystery box – rubber snake
video:
text:
Sacred Dance introit, distribution of the palms
to “Hosanna” by Kirk Franklin
praise hymn, “Hear Our Praises”
praise hymn, “How Majestic Is Your Name”
praise hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness
praise hymn, “Break Every Chain”
offertory hymn, “Light The Fire Again” 
Communion hymns, “I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever”
closing song, “God You Reign”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
6th Sunday of Lent
Palm Sunday
March 29, 2015
&
Mark 15:21-36a (The Message)
Psalm 22:1
sermon, “You Are Never Alone”
video:
text:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message – “The Protection of the Trinity”
-          Mystery box – jackknife (from Ted)
video:
text:
praise hymn, “I Will Call Upon the Lord”
praise hymn, “Standing In The Need of Prayer”
praise hymn, “It’s Amazing”
praise hymn, “For Those Tears I Died”
offertory hymn, “ At The Cross”
Communion and Communion hymns, “Ain’t Jesus Good” and “I Will Bless The Lord”
closing hymn, “Let Everything That Has Breath”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
5th Sunday in Lent
March 22, 2015
&
John 19:25-27
Ephesians 1:3-14
Romans 8:15
sermon, “You Are Chosen”
video:
text:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message – “God's Love Letter; God is writing your story”
-          Mystery box – a pencil
video:
text:
praise hymn, “Step By Step”
praise hymn, “Lord, I Lift Your Name On High”
praise hymn, “Jesus, Messiah”
praise hymn, “I Stand Amazed”
offertory hymn, “May Jesus Christ Be Praised” (“When Morning Gilds the Skies”)
Communion and Communion hymn, “There Is A River”
closing hymn, “Shout To the Lord”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
3rd Sunday in Lent
March 8, 2015
&
Luke 23:32, 39-43
sermon, “So This Is Paradise”
video:
text:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message – “Thirsting for God”
-          Mystery box – bottle of grape juice
video:
text:

centering hymn, “Surely the Presence”, Greeting and Announcements, Opening Prayer
praise hymn, “Forever”
praise hymn, “Everlasting”
praise hymn, “To God Be the Glory”
praise hymn, “I Worship You Almighty God”
offertory hymn, “The Love Of God Goes On”
Communion hymn, “10,000 Reasons”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
2nd Sunday in Lent
March 1, 2015
&
Luke 23:23, 33-34
sermon, “You Are Forgiven”
video:
text:
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message – “Jesus is our superhero”
-          Mystery box – Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Scooby Doo
-          and a candy cane
video:
image:
text:
centering, “Surely the Presence”
praise hymn, “I Sing the Mighty Power of God”
offertory hymn, “Make My Life A Prayer to You”
Communion hymn, “Praise the Lord! Ye Heavens, Adore Him”
closing hymn, “Our God Reigns”
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
1st Sunday in Lent
February 22, 2015

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when it is ready – v2

in God’s time alone
when it is ready
our place in the mansion
a room made ready
in the house of God

when it is ready
after finishing touches
Christ will return
to take us to heaven
a room our reward
                  

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edited April 26, 2015
when it is ready – v2

March 20, 2014
when it is ready
Romans 8:28 (NIV)
John 14:1-3
rooms in the mansion in heaven
Upper Room Daily Devotional
“Life Beyond Death”
by Patricia Wilson
read March 22, 2014
Upper Room Daily Devotional
for March and April 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, 2015. All rights reserved. Contact me at Ray Foss for usage. See all 37,300+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

freedom from slavery – v3

the songs of the people
their history of protection
of God’s hand upon them
whatever would come;
Written down and treasured
to be passed down in the telling.

God always with them, providing,
through the storms, the trials;
God’s chosen people
the children of Abraham.

freedom from slavery
by their faithfulness
by the grace of God
poured out on them;
Lfe for God’s people
by His hand.

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edited April 26, 2015
freedom from slavery – v3

(merging edits to original and version 2)
edited February 14, 2015
freedom from slavery – v2
February 6, 2015
freedom from slavery
Psalm 62:1-2
Psalm 62:5-12
Psalm 86:6
Psalm 36:5-6 (Offertory hymn – “Your Love O Lord”)
Psalm 121
Isaiah 40
sermon “Rest and Refuge. . .”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 25, 2015
&
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
Psalm 34:8
sermon “Dream As David Did . . . ”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Children’s Message
Mystery box
-           a dream catcher (Erica)
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
January 18, 2015

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

everything I need – v3

I know not want
I have an abundance
everything I need
in this life.

I can be at peace
at peace within my spirit
God supplies
everything I need.

God shows me mercy,
God lets me rest,
beside lakes and ponds
by these still waters
days of Sabbath rest.

God lets me rest
from work, from struggle
God leads me there
to a place of peace
to the still waters.

God gives me new strength
after moments of rest
to face the challenges
the trials of this life.

God leads the way
in love, in righteousness
when I claim His name
for His name’s sake.

I will not be afraid
of anything on earth
not matter what comes

God will protect me
by His right hand
I will not be afraid

In the darkness
God’s light guides me
on the journey

I will not be afraid
of anything on earth
God is with me
on the journey.

You chasten my enemies
by how You provide;
Food and drink for us
mocking their cries.

You prepare a banquet
right in front of them;
I am fed, anointed,
I have nothing to dread.

Love, Your Presence,
Your Spirit abiding;
Love will be with me
upon my journey.

Goodness will walk
with me, beside me;
Love will be with me
all of my days.

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edited April 25, 2015
everything I need – v3

(editing version 2)
edited April 25, 2015
you chasten my enemies – v2
edited April 25, 2015
I will not be afraid – v2
edited April 25, 2015
God gives me new strength – v2
edited April 25, 2015
God lets me rest – v2
edited April 25, 2015
Love for the Sheep – v2
edited April 25, 2015
a good shepherd – v2
edited April 25, 2015
faithful to the command of God – v2
edited April 25, 2015
Pursued, not merely Followed – v6
(editing version 5)
edited April 25, 2015
Loving the Sheep – v3
(editing version 2)
edited April 25, 2015
a sermon of love – 3
(editing version 2)
edited April 25, 2015
a journey of blessing – v2
edited April 25, 2015
a loving shepherd – 2 – v2
edited April 25, 2015
Love will be with me – v2
edited April 25, 2015
Shepherd Me O God – v2
April 21, 2015
Shepherd Me O God
Acts 4:5-12
devotion for April 20, 2015
read April 21, 2015
&
edited April 25, 2015
Share Love – v2
Psalm 23:1-6
John 10:11-18
1 John 3:16-24
sermon, “The Lord is My Shepherd”
worship led by Raymond A. Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Fourth Friday of the month service at Mt. Heights Health Care Facility
April 24, 2015
&
April 24, 2015
faithful to the command of God
John 10:15b-18
devotion for April 26, 2015
read April 24, 2015
&
edited April 24, 2015
loving the sheep – v2
edited/ merged April 24, 2015
loving the sheep
April 24, 2015
love for the sheep
April 24, 2015
a good shepherd
John 10:11-15a
John 10:11-18
devotion for April 25, 2015
read April 24, 2015
&
edited April  24, 2015
a sermon of love – v2
April 24, 2015
a sermon of love
1 John 3:21-24
devotion for April 24, 2015
read April 24, 2015
&
April 24, 2015
share love
1 John 3:16-24
devotion for April 23, 2015
read April 24, 2015
&
merged/edited April 24, 2015
everything I need – v2
April 24, 2015
love will be with me
Psalm 23:6
April 24, 2015
you chasten my enemies
Psalm 23:5
April 24, 2015
I will not be afraid
Psalm 23:4
April 24, 2015
God gives me new strength
Psalm 23:3
April 24, 2015
God lets me rest
Psalm 23:2
April 24, 2015
Everything I need
Psalm 23:1
April 24, 2015
a journey of blessing
Psalm 23
Psalm 23:1-6
devotion for April 22, 2015
devotion for April 22, 2015
read April 24, 2015
&
“Knowing  the Shepherd’s Love”
Acts 4:5-12
Psalm 23
1 John 3:16-24
John 10:11-18
for April 20, 2015 to April 26, 2015
by Eradio Valverde, Jr.
(formerly) District Superintendent
Southwest Texas District
United Methodist Church
Upper Room Disciplines for 2015
&
edited April 24, 2015
Pursued, not merely Followed – v5
(editing version 4)
edited April 23, 2015
Pursued, not merely Followed – v4
(editing version 3)
edited January 29, 2015
Pursued, not merely Followed – v3
(merging edits to version 1 and version 2)
edited July 25, 2012
“Pursued, not merely Followed – v2”
November 29, 2006 8:28
“Pursued, not merely Followed”
Psalm 23:6

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 37,280+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.