Friday, October 24, 2014

yet I am not silenced by the darkness – v4

in spite of my pain,
my sense that God is not with me
that he doesn’t answer my cries
that I find no peace
yet I am not silenced
by the darkness, this life
for I know deep within me
that God is by my side
with me in the struggles
within the storms


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edited October 24, 2014
yet I am not silenced by the darkness – v4

(editing original again)
edited October 11, 2014
yet I am not silenced by the darkness – v3
edited October 5, 2014
yet I am not silenced by the darkness – v2
October 12, 2012
yet I am not silenced by the darkness
Job 23:8-9, 16-17
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
October 8, 2012 to October 14, 2012
“Approaching God Boldly”
by Beth Porter
for October 11, 2012,
read October 11, 2012
&
Hebrews 4:12-16
Mark 10:17-22
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
October 8, 2012 to October 14, 2012
“Approaching God Boldly”
by Beth Porter
for October 10, 2012,
read October 10, 2012
&
Psalm 22:1-15
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
October 8, 2012 to October 14, 2012
“Approaching God Boldly”
by Beth Porter
for October 9, 2012,
read October 9, 2012
&
Job 23:1-7
Upper Room Disciplines for 2012
October 8, 2012 to October 14, 2012
“Approaching God Boldly”
by Beth Porter
for October 8, 2012,
read October 8, 2012

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spewing the bouquet of crabapple goosh – v3

Our feet oh so purposeful
perhaps wanting heavy boots
so glad we were not barefoot
mired in the muck, oh so sweet
the scent up from the ground
spewing the bouquet of
crabapple goosh with each step
spreading it out all around
sharing the joy being a kid
even if that was long ago


edited October 24, 2014
spewing the bouquet of crabapple goosh – v3

(editing version 1 again)
definition of goosh
Edited October 3, 2012
spewing the bouquet of crabapple goosh – v2
October 2, 2012
spewing the bouquet of crabapple goosh
title drafted 8/30/2012,
when the apples first started falling
corner of Prospect Street and Pleasant Street
Pembroke, NH

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Sharpen our minds – v2

Wipe away the distractions
the clutter of this life;
Give us hearts open
to Your loving word

Speak to us clearly, cut through
the haze of our stubborn lives;
Speak to us boldly,
sharpen our feeble minds

edited October 24, 2014
Sharpen our minds – v2

July 23, 2011
Sharpen our minds
Unison Prayer
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Final Greeting
Matthew 28:16-20
The Great Commission
Worship Theme: ‘God is “multi-dimensional”’
and sermon: “Living 3-D”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
Trinity Sunday
Peace with Justice Sunday
Second Sunday of Pentecost
Father’s Day
June 19, 2011
&
“3-D LIVING”
words on church sign
June 15, 2011
Suncook United Methodist Church
&
The Shack, by William P. Young
and Chapter 13, “A Meeting of Hearts”

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The Wail of the Martyrs – v3

A hum on the wind
the wail of the martyrs
if this is really the end
if this is truly over

The madman bloodied
hiding in his hometown
willing for more to die
to hold the illusion of power

Freedom for himself
avoiding the dock of judgment
dying in a hail of fire
his body torn asunder

The wail of the martyrs
decades of oppression
soon will rise together
singing of this day


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edited October 24, 2014
The Wail of the Martyrs – v3

(editing original again)
edited January 11, 2014
The Wail of the Martyrs – v2
October 20, 2011
The Wail of the Martyrs
on claims Muammar Gaddafi is dead
&
on the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s
reign of terror over Libya
and capture of Saddam Hussein
August 22, 2011
&
Killing of General Abdel Fattah Younes
claimed to be by Islamic factions
but that could be more Qaddafi lies
&
earlier poems about the genocide in Libya
and hearing the rabbling of Gadhafi
2/22/2011
&
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

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the strings of gossamer – v3

the artistry of the veil,
the needle work of the spider
giving her gaze a new focus
staring down into the face of Jesus

ensnared in strings of gossamer
obscuring the body of Christ
her child in her arms
in the words of the spider
spoken in the lines that she drew

painted on her face
upon our sacrificed Savior
the visage of sadness set off
framed, ensnared,
in the strings of gossamer


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edited October 24, 2014

edited October 14, 2014
the strings of gossamer – v2
typed September 7, 2013
the strings of gossamer
June 4, 2013
edited October 14, 2014
a veil of her sorrow – v5
(editing version 4)
edited October 4, 2014
a veil of her sorrow – v4
(editing original again)
edited October 4, 2014
a veil of her sorrow – v3
(editing version 2)
Edited September 8, 2013
a veil of her sorrow – v2
new poem September 8, 2013
a veil of her sorrow
typed September 7, 2013
the strings of gossamer
June 4, 2013
picture of Pieta with spider web,
of “Lamentation of Christ” statue
Charles Bridge
Prague, Czech Republic
Czechoslovakia
page 11 of January 2012
National Geographic
by Rakesh Chandode

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United for Change – v3

Speaking a common theme,
inequality, for justice,
a single voice, together,
people united
for change
for our planet

Speaking on message
for a day at least, together,
remembering the earth
upon which we dwell
sharing a vision, a hope,
for a better tomorrow

Speaking up now, together,
before we lose even more
acting and writing
so no one forgets
we need all of us
everyone’s commitment
for our planet, for all of us


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edited October 24, 2014
United for Change – v3

from Blog Action Day’s site:
Blog Action Day has already covered lots of interesting topics since it start in 2007.
·         2007,  was the theme of the Environment, we saw bloggers running environmental experiments, detailing innovative ideas on creating sustainable practices, and focusing their audience’s attention on organizations and companies promoting green agendas.
·         2008,  we covered the theme of Poverty, and similarly focused the blogging community’s energies around discussing a wide breadth of the issues from many perspectives and identifying innovative and unexpected solutions.
·         2009, focused the conversation around Climate Change and  brought our voices around the globe to discuss an issue that threatens us all, as well as mobilizing tens of thousands of people to get more involved in the movement for a more sustainable future.
·          2010, looked at the theme of Water, with thousands of bloggers eager to shed light on this often-overlooked topic and raise money for water related charities.
·          2011, focused on the many issues related to Food, such as health, hunger, quality, culture, farming, access and waste to coincide with World Food Day.
·         2012 focused on the theme the Power of We. This themed encouraged people to discuss how joining together by we could achieve important things to improve our society.
·         2013 focus on the incredibly powerful topic of  Human Rights. Bloggers from a record number of countries (130) created amazing blog posts, info graphics, videos, podcasts and photography to explore what Human Rights means to them and take part in discussions with our partners such as Amnesty International.
·         2014 will focus on rising issue of Inequality.
edited October 16, 2014
United for Change – v2
Blog Action Day poems
Blog Action Day
October 15, 2008
Poverty – Blog Action Day
Blog Action Day, poverty
October 15, 2007 5:56am
United for Change

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more than a baby, a Savior – v2

Christ more than a baby
more than a Savior
more than these moments
the beginning and end of His life
far more for us to remember
as He walked in life

Christ is the gate
the way to heaven
the doorway, the lantern
the light showing the way
to the Father, the pasture
to rest on the journey

Christ is the Shepherd
the guard of the gate
Christ is the path
the road to paradise
Christ is the way, the hope
for eternity, for all mankind


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edited October 24, 2014
more than a baby, a Savior – v2

October 23, 2014
more than a baby, a Savior
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 4 of Series: “I Am the Gate”
John 10:1-9 CEB
Matthew 7:13-14 CEB
children’s message
– mystery box – soccer shin guards, soccer cleats, water shoes, and a basketball
-          Pastor Ruth talked about the protective gear God provides,
-          the armor of God –
-          Ephesians 6:10-17
sermon –“The Straight and Narrow”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 19, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 3 of Series: “I Am the Light of the World”
John 8:22 (CEB)
John 12:35-36 (CEB)
Matthew 5:14-16 (CEB)
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
song, “Here I Am To Worship”, by Chris Tomlin
children’s time – mystery box – mirror
sermon, “Light For Our Eyes”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
October 12, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 2 of Series: “I Am the Bread of Life”
John 6:35
John 6:26-51
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Exodus 16:15
children’s time – mystery box – a throat drop and a candy mint
sermon, “Bread of Heaven”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
World Communion Sunday
October 5, 2014
&
Fall Sermon Series: The I Am Statements of Jesus
Sermon 1 of Series: “I Am”
Revelation 22:13 CEB
Matthew 16:13-16 CEB
Exodus 3:12-15 CEB
The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
Children’s message – mystery box
-          green maple leaf and a colored maple leaf
-          the green color is not the true color
-          we are fed and nurtured in the spring and summer with the word;
-          we shine our true colors in autumn
sermon, “The Name Game”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
September 28, 2014

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America is NOT the best Country in The World! - The Newsroom Clip

America is NOT the best Country in The World! - The Newsroom Clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKrV_waE-Fs

edited October 24, 2014
I love her but she is broken – v4
(editing version 2)
Edited October 22, 2013
posted October 24, 2013
I love her but she is broken – v3
(editing version 2)
Edited October 12, 2013
I love her but she is broken – v2
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edited October 22, 2014
we pray for our nation – v8
(editing version 2)
Edited October 22, 2013
we pray for our nation – v7
(editing version 4)
edited October 19, 2013
we pray for our nation – v6
(editing version 4)
edited October 12, 2013
we pray for our nation – v5
Edited October 12, 2013
longer clip from “The Newsroom”
&
edited October 22, 2014
I cry for the children – v5
edited October 16, 2014
I cry for the children – v4
Edited October 22, 2013
I cry for the children – v3
Edited October 12, 2013
I cry for the children – v2
Edited October 12, 2013
I love her but she is broken – v2
October 12, 2013
We pray for our nation – v5
&
Edited October 12, 2013
not in a nation state
Edited October 12, 2013
the goodness and mercy of God
Edited October 12, 2013
lost in our delusions
&
&
Edited October 12, 2013
What should we tell them
Edited October 12, 2013
I cry for the children
Edited October 12, 2013
I love her but she is broken
October 12, 2013
America is Broken
“Why America is NOT the greatest country in the world, anymore” video
&
watched after reading the post by my college friend Jim Thibeau
&
&
Edited October 10, 2013
we pray for our nation – v4
edited July 4, 2012
we pray for our nation – v3
July 2, 2012
we pray for our nation – v2
extract of Prayers of the People
second of a worship series on:
“Cruising the Sacred Waters of Our Faith”
by Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
Theme - Where do we put Jesus in our lives?
Mark 5:21-43 (GOD’s WORD Translation)
Psalm 130 (Common English Bible)
2 Corinthians 8:7-15 (NIV)
Call to Worship(Abington Worship 2012)(Psalm 130, Mark 5)
Unison Prayer
Prayer of Dedication (Mark 5:21-43) (2 Corinthians 8, Mark 5)
(adapted from GBOD 2012 and Abington Worship 2012)
Communion, UMH page 9
Sermon - What Jesus Means to Me!
by Raymond A. Foss
Suncook, NH
July 1, 2012
Fifth Sunday of Kingdomtide

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seeing through our sadness – v4

seeing through our sadness maybe
more than through our joy
our moments of happiness
too easy let go of maybe
holding onto sorrow
to the lessons we learn
we hold onto, we remember,
our challenges somehow
more clearly, held more tightly
seeing through our sadness
a new truth, reality
grist for the mill, hunger
we grow, we change,
drawing closer to You
sight in new struggle
growing new eyes
vision from experience
the best teacher, somehow,
able to see further, deeper,
a deeper understanding
seeing through our sadness
the truth of God, His power and
the grace of our Savior, His sacrifice


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edited October 24, 2014
seeing through our sadness – v4

(editing version 2)
edited October 6, 2014
seeing through our sadness – v3
(editing version 2)
edited August 18, 2014
seeing through our sadness – v2
August 18, 2014
seeing through our sadness
Devozine for August 11, 2014 to August 17, 2014
“+ gratitude”
&
“Gratitude Weekend!”
“for times of sadness”
quote from “Letters to a Young Poet”,
by Rainer Maria Rilke
devotion by Andrew Garland Breeden
for August 16, 2014
read August 18, 2014
&
Patten Methodist Youth Group
Stetson Memorial United Methodist Church
Patten, ME

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The Tug of Your Calling – v4

Fidgeting, uncomfortable
the tug of Your calling
to leave the pews
the congregation, this space,
safety with these walls
to go where we are led
to submit to You our all

We pray for Your guidance
an answer to our yearnings
to live out our faith more fully
what we feel in our hearts
yet we lounge, we linger,
we wallow in our comfort
growing only inside, fed,
without serving our neighbors

The world where we are to work
out there beyond the doors
to go as we are able
not as we are ready
using what we have
things we have been gifted
to go as we are led
to the ends of the earth

Serving our Master
loving our neighbor
bearing witness to
the grace of God in our lives
Going out beyond these walls
into the street, the world,
being the radical hospitality of Christ
that was showered on our feet


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edited October 24, 2014
The Tug of Your Calling – v4

(editing original again)
edited October 15, 2014
The Tug of Your Calling – v3
(editing original again)
Blog Action Day
edited March 25, 2014
The Tug of Your Calling – v2
October 16, 2010
The Tug of Your Calling
status on Neven Hanna’s Facebook page
Do not ask the Lord to Guide your Footsteps
if you are not willing to move your Feet' ENJ
&
Romans 12:2 (God’s Word Translation)
(posted on Ruth’s office door)
“Don’t become like the people of this world.
Instead, change the way you think.
Then you will always be able to determine
what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect.
Pastor Ruth Foss
sermon blog
meditation blog
“God’s Whisper” blog
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
&
Romans 12:2 (King James Version)
“And be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
&
Annual Church Conference
Exodus 4:1-17
Exodus 4:2
“What do you have in your hand?”
Suncook United Methodist Church
Suncook, NH
October 13, 2010
&
Exodus 4:1-17
Romans 12:1-8
John 13:12-17
Welcoming Service
for the Reverend Dr. David J. Abbott
as District Superintendent of the New England District
of the New England Conference
of the United Methodist Church
&
his sermon, “What Is That In Your Hand”
&
Bishop’s Day in New Hampshire
with Bishop Peter Weaver
First United Methodist Church of Laconia/Gilford
September 11, 2010

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 33,020+ of my poems at www.raymondafoss.blogspot.com Poetry Where You Live.