Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Praying the Psalm – v4

Christ’s song, so special,
there on the cross
sung by Jesus
so right, so rich
When Christ became
our sacrifice.

We pray the Psalm,
murmuring the words of love,
of assurance, of quiet
of loss, of promise
of all fulfilled.

These words that we hold dear
in vivid word pictures
a cascade of thoughts,
in this ancient song,
of holy belief.

This song, so special
of the love of the Shepherd
for each of His sheep
Love for the Creator, for the Lamb
our Savior, climbing
hanging there on the cross.

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edited March 3, 2015
Praying the Psalm – v4

(editing version 3)
edited January 29, 2015
Praying the Psalm – v3
(merging edits to original and version 2)
edited March 24, 2014
Praying the Psalm – v2
Psalm 22:1
Psalm 22
prayed by Christ on the cross
&
March 2, 2008
Praying the Psalm
Psalm 23 and the sermon,
“Of Shepherds and Sheep”,
by Rev. Lori Eldredge,
Wesley United Methodist Church
Concord, NH, 3/2/08

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my clay still wet – v6

ever may I be able to proclaim,
(an answer to my prayers, truly)
my clay still wet, moving,
giving to His hand, His molding,
still sitting on the Potter’s wheel
feeling the touch of His hands.

feeling the touch of His hands
the drawing me out, wooing;
pulled higher, fuller,
shaping me, molding me
crafting me for His purpose
into a worthy vessel.

crafting me for His purpose
ever pliable, changing,
giving to the Master’s will;
my clay still wet, moving
to the Potter’s touch.

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edited March 3, 2015
my clay still wet – v6

(merging edits to version 2 and version 5)
edited January 31, 2015
my clay still wet – v5
(merging edits to version 4 and version 2 and original)
edited January 27, 2015
my clay still wet – v4
(editing version 3)
edited December 29, 2014
my clay still wet – v3
edited August 23, 2014
my clay still wet – v2
April 3, 2010
my clay still wet
on reading the earlier poem
posted to Christianpoetry today
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My Clay

Praying, in the quiet of my heart
my clay, giving myself
my heart, my all
becoming a vessel
worthy for God’s purposes
filled with God’s love
His living water
pure, refreshing
waters for the soul
Let me pour them out,
sharing them, my clay still wet
dripping with the waters of your love

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September 19, 2009
My Clay
Alive Now daily reflection for September 17, 2009,
the poem, “A Vessel”, by Roberta Porter
and the prayer for the week
and suggested scripture,
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Psalm 1:1-6
Luke 9:57-62
Acts 9:1-9
and
Romans 5:1-12
Romans 5:1-5
Jeremiah 2:1-13
Jeremiah 2:13
Call to Worship
Unison Prayer
&
sermon, “Human Limitations and Unlimited Grace”
Reverend Huntley Halvorson
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
9/13/09

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how we became free – v2

We retell the story
the mystery of faith
each time we gather
around the Lord’s Table.

We share the telling
how we became free
His body broken,
His blood poured out
for you, for me,
for all humanity.

We just have to believe
and submit our will to Him
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
our rock and Redeemer
the Savior who died to save us
to set us free from death.

We retell the story
of the creation of our people
each time we gather
around the Lord’s table.

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edited March 3, 2015
how we became free – v2

February 28, 2015
how we became free
February 28, 2015
our most important story
February 28, 2015
we remember our story
February 28, 2015
to become God’s covenant people
February 28, 2015
Jesus invites all humankind
February 28, 2015
God’s liberation of all mankind
Matthew 26:28
Exodus 24:8
Jeremiah 31:31-34
John 15:15
John 13:3-5
Mark 14:12, 22-25
Lenten book study:
Chapter 1. “The Last Supper”
24 Hours That Changed the World
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
other books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
Not A Silent Night
&
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”

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Who makes the world new – v2

God, Lord, Creator of all,
You who makes the world new
each and every day.
We enter in, sharing this joy,
this place, this morning.
We pray that You would speak to us
and we would still our spirits
to hear Your message for us
with open hearts anew.
We pray that that we would cleave to You
in everything we do.

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edited March 3, 2015
Who makes the world new – v2

July 30, 2011
Who makes the world new
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.”
Genesis 1:1-8
Matthew 22:16b-17, 21b-22
Worship Theme: “God’s Wisdom”
Children’s Time
and sermon: “We don’t know everything?”

by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
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 Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
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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be joyful in hope – v9

Share your life
the gifts from God;
Be joyful in hope
knowing God does provide.

Share your joy
the gifts of God’s love;
Sure God will provide
all that we need.

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edited March 3, 2015
be joyful in hope – v9

(merging edits to version 2 and version 8)
edited January 19, 2015
be joyful in hope – v8
(editing version 2)
edited November 15, 2014
be joyful in hope – v7
(editing version 2 again)
edited March 4, 2014
be joyful in hope – v6
(editing version 2 again)
Edited September 29, 2013
be joyful in hope – v5
(editing version 2 again)
Edited August 17, 2013
be joyful in hope – v4
(editing version 2 again)
Edited August 8, 2013
“be joyful in hope – v3”
(editing version 2)
February 11, 2012
be joyful in hope – v2
Romans 12:12
Romans 12:4-13
1 Samuel 23:16
Upper Room Daily Devotional
for February 11, 2012
“A Gift of Encouragement”,
by Karen M. Sudduth
read February 11, 2012

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never lost – v2

we may wander;
but we are never lost,
because God is with us.
God went before us;
God created the universe.
why are we scared;
why are we timid?
God created everything.
God is with us everywhere we go.
God is with us
as God promised.
We can trust
in the Lord.
We may wander;
but we are never lost.
God has been there too.
God is with us.

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edited March 3, 2015
never lost – v2

July 16, 2014
never lost
Psalm 139:7 (NRSV)
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
 Where can I flee from your presence?” (NIV)
Psalm 139:1-12
Psalm 139:1-24
“God Knows Everything” (NCV)
Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and
be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (NIV)
Matthew 28:20b
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
devotion “Where Could I Go?”
Mount Everest
Krubera-Voronja
Upper Room Daily Devotional    
by Peter D. Mallett
writing in color
for July 14, 2014
read July 15, 2014
Upper Room Daily Devotional
for July and August 2014

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you will all become deserters – v2

these words of Jesus,
an ache each one carried,
each of the disciples, sorrowful,
walking from the upper room
to Gethsemane that night.

“You will all become deserters
you will all run away;
none of you will stand
when I weather these storms.”

“You will all run away,
you will desert me;
I will be left alone
with my enemies”.”

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edited March 3, 2015
you will all become deserters – v2

edited/ Merged March 3, 2015
you will all desert me – v2
March 3, 2015
you will all become deserters
March 3, 2015
you will all desert me
Mark 14:27a
Mark 14:32a
Lenten book study:
Chapter 2. “Garden of Gethsemane”
24 Hours That Changed the World
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
&
Matthew 26:28
Exodus 24:8
Jeremiah 31:31-34
John 15:15
John 13:3-5
Mark 14:12, 22-25
Lenten book study:
Chapter 1. “The Last Supper”
24 Hours That Changed the World
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
other books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
Not A Silent Night
&
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”

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 36,250+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

the Kidron Valley

the Mount of Olives
the Temple Mount
separated by the Kidron Valley
a road of tears
the place of the Final Judgment
the sheep from the goats
their journey from the upper room
to Gethsemane.

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March 3, 2015
the Kidron Valley

Mark 14:32a
Lenten book study:
Chapter 2. “Garden of Gethsemane”
24 Hours That Changed the World
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
&
Matthew 26:28
Exodus 24:8
Jeremiah 31:31-34
John 15:15
John 13:3-5
Mark 14:12, 22-25
Lenten book study:
Chapter 1. “The Last Supper”
24 Hours That Changed the World
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
other books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
Not A Silent Night
&
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”

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 36,250+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

you will all desert me - v2

sorrow in the words Jesus spoke to them,
“you will desert me in my time of need.”
How those words must have hung heavy
a yoke heavy upon them
as they journeyed from the upper room
to pray at Gethsemane
walking by the Temple Mount
along the side of the Kidron Valley
by the graves of the dead
up the Mount of Olives
to pray at Gethsemane.

these words of Jesus,
an ache each one carried,
each of the disciples, sorrowful,
“you will all become deserters
you will all run away
none of you will stand
when I weather the storm
you will all run away
you will desert me
I will be left alone
with my enemies”.

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edited/ Merged March 3, 2015
you will all desert me – v2

March 3, 2015
you will all become deserters
March 3, 2015
you will all desert me
Mark 14:27a
Mark 14:32a
Lenten book study:
Chapter 2. “Garden of Gethsemane”
24 Hours That Changed the World
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
&
Matthew 26:28
Exodus 24:8
Jeremiah 31:31-34
John 15:15
John 13:3-5
Mark 14:12, 22-25
Lenten book study:
Chapter 1. “The Last Supper”
24 Hours That Changed the World
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
other books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
Not A Silent Night
&
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”

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 36,250+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

you will all become deserters

you will all become deserters
you will all run away
none of you will stand
when I weather the storm
you will all run away
you will desert me
I will be left alone
with my enemies.

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March 3, 2015
you will all become deserters

March 3, 2015
you will all desert me
Mark 14:27a
Mark 14:32a
Lenten book study:
Chapter 2. “Garden of Gethsemane”
24 Hours That Changed the World
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
&
Matthew 26:28
Exodus 24:8
Jeremiah 31:31-34
John 15:15
John 13:3-5
Mark 14:12, 22-25
Lenten book study:
Chapter 1. “The Last Supper”
24 Hours That Changed the World
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
other books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
Not A Silent Night
&
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”

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 36,250+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.

you will all desert me

sorrow in the words Jesus spoke to them,
“you will desert me in my time of need.”
How those words must have hung heavy
a yoke heavy upon them
as they journeyed from the upper room
to pray at Gethsemane
walking by the Temple Mount
along the side of the Kidron Valley
by the graves of the dead
up the Mount of Olives
to pray at Gethsemane.

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March 3, 2015
you will all desert me

Mark 14:27a
Mark 14:32a
Lenten book study:
Chapter 2. “Garden of Gethsemane”
24 Hours That Changed the World
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
&
Matthew 26:28
Exodus 24:8
Jeremiah 31:31-34
John 15:15
John 13:3-5
Mark 14:12, 22-25
Lenten book study:
Chapter 1. “The Last Supper”
24 Hours That Changed the World
by Reverend Adam Hamilton
Spirit study led by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME
&
other books by Rev. Hamilton studied in Spirit Study groups -
Not A Silent Night
&
The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
&        
“Final Words from the Cross”

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 36,250+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.